The National World War II Museum (formerly the National D-Day Museum) in New Orleans was designated by the U.S. Congress as "America's National World War II Museum".
Celebrating the courage and sacrifice of the American men and women of World War II, the museum tells the story of the war on both the European and Pacific fronts through multimedia: interactive exhibits that include letters from soldiers, films, and photographs; re-creations of German lookout posts on the Normandy coast; planes; and battle gear.
Highlights include nine oral history stations that feature emotionally touching videotaped interviews with D-Day veterans and others who were involved in the war effort.
Artifacts accompanied by the personal stories of those who owned them give audiences a rich insight to the veterans' experiences during the war.
One of the museum's main attractions is a replica of the Higgins landing craft (produced in New Orleans) that allowed for a mass landing of troops, tanks, and artillery at Normandy.
Kids can try on reproductions of battle gear and view cartoons and propaganda posters. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum also shows two movies several times each day: Price for Peace and D-Day Remembered.
National World War II Museum Information:
Address: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA
Hours of Operation: Tues. - Sun., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; children aged 6 - 12, $6
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