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World War 2 Museum

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The National WWII Museum

OUR MISSION

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world —why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

OUR VISION

In fulfillment of our designation by Congress as "America's National WWII Museum," we will:

  1. Inspire people, young and old, to embrace the lessons of this monumental global conflict from its stories of heroism, human tragedies, voices of liberation, and the fruits and responsibilities of victory.
  2. Create and maintain a world-class museum campus of pavilions and exhibitions.
  3. Engage worldwide audiences by providing access to our collections , exhibits , and oral histories through innovative outreach , distance learning , new media , and creative museum experiences .
  4. Interact with diverse communities to expand their understanding of the history and meaning of America's role in World War II and its relevance for today and for the future.
  5. Become a place for people to understand and feel America's strengths and values.
  6. Serve as a catalyst for cultural tourism to strengthen the economic and community development of New Orleans and Louisiana.

The National WWII Museum is now open. The Museum will operate at reduced capacity while enacting new safety measures, including advanced online ticket purchases, social distancing guidelines throughout pavilions and galleries, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

Throughout the initial phase of reopening, most galleries, exhibits and experiences will be available with controlled attendance to allow for social distance between visitors, especially within galleries.

To help ensure public safety and avoid crowds, timed ticket purchases will be required. It is strongly recommended that visitors pre-purchase Museum admission online in advance. Tickets are now available for advanced purchase.

Tickets are available in fifteen-minute windows. Prior to arrival, please purchase timed admission tickets online for the time you would like to visit. Please note that the Museum closes at 5 p.m., so visitors who make reservations for after 3 p.m. should expect an abbreviated visit.

Museum Exhibits and Museum Store
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Tickets are available in fifteen-minute windows. Prior to arrival, please purchase timed admission tickets online for the time you would like to visit. Please note that the Museum closes at 5 p.m., so visitors who make reservations for after 3 p.m. should expect an abbreviated visit. All ticket sales are final and no refunds offered. Tickets expire after their assigned date.

Beyond All Boundaries
Daily showings, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shows start at the top of the hour and currently run at reduced capacity.

The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
Sunday–Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The parking garage cannot accommodate motorcycles or any vehicle over 6'8" tall. There are several paid surface lots in the neighborhood, some not owned by the Museum, which can accommodate oversized vehicles and motorcycles:

  • Premium Parking Lot
    -Located on the corner of Camp and Andrew Higgins Street
  • Premium Parking Lot
    -Located on the corner of St. Joseph and Magazine Street
  • SP + Parking Lot
    -Located on the corner of St. Joseph and Magazine Street

RV Parking Accommodations
At this time we do not offer on-campus parking for RV's, motor homes, or vehicles pulling trailers. Please see below for information regarding off-campus RV parking options.

Basin St. Station
http://www.basinststation.com/
Phone: 504-293-2642

French Quarter RV Resort
http://fqrv.com/
Phone: 504-586-3000

Special Note for Buses
The bus loading and unloading lane is behind the Museum on Magazine Street, on either side of Andrew Higgins Drive. From St. Charles Avenue, turn right onto Higgins Drive, take the first left onto Camp Street, the next right onto St. Joseph Street and then another immediate right onto Magazine Street. The bus lane is on the right side. Bus parking is available approximately two blocks away under the interstate overpass, on the left side of Magazine Street.

For questions or further information, contact us at parking@nationalww2museum.org .

The National WWII Museum's exhibits cover the epic and global scale of the war that changed the world , in a voice that is intimate and personal. Exhibits not only highlight the role of world leaders, but also the everyday men and women who found the strength and courage to accomplish the extraordinary.

Telling the story of how the war was won is at the heart of The National WWII Museum's mission, and The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front —the Museum's newest permanent exhibit, located on the second level of the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, the Museum's original building—literally brings that story home.

The exhibit joins the WWII narrative that visitors experience across the Museum's six-acre campus, with galleries that explore the road to war and then how the war was fought on the Home Front. Allied victory was an epic undertaking fueled by stateside industry, ingenuity, and the labor of millions of patriotic Americans. Through multimedia and interactive displays, and drawing on artifacts and oral histories from the Museum's extensive collections, The Arsenal of Democracy creates countless opportunities for visitors to make personal connections with the men and women who helped win the war.

On the second floor of the Museum's original Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, the entryway to The Arsenal of Democracy features a looping video and striking “E for Excellence” banner to attract the eye and introduce the themes of manufacturing and the iconography of WWII America.

The short, narrated video tells the story of the Brown Shipbuilding company and its founders, exhibit namesakes Herman and George Brown, engineers who rose to the challenge of the war by taking on massive new wartime construction projects, and who demonstrated the patriotic spirit of millions of Americans engaged in war work. Before the war, the Brown brothers and their parent firm, Brown and Root, had built roads and dams in Texas, as well as the Corpus Christi naval base. Their superior work led to US Navy contracts to build destroyer escorts (DEs) and patrol craft. Although they had never before built a ship, the Browns turned out about 355 warships from their Greens Bayou shipyard, and did so under budget and at a level of exceptional quality. After the war, the Brown brothers continued to exemplify the wartime virtues of innovation, technological advancement, and “can-do” spirit, as they became the first to drill offshore for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, pursued new engineering and business ventures around the world, and engaged in philanthropy.

Gathering Storm covers the historical events that preceded the outbreak of World War II. Ranging from the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and hopes that the League of Nations would establish a peaceful world, to the rise of fascism in the 1920s, the impact of the worldwide economic depression, the surging German and Japanese aggression in the 1930s, and the appeasement policies of the Western democracies, the gallery examines the mounting pressures that would engulf the world in war. Americans held tightly to isolationist policies against the growing global unrest, only to find themselves poorly prepared to confront the Axis powers as they routed other nations and expanded their dominance into 1940.

Additional support provided by Iron Mountain, The Voelker Family in Honor of Frank Voelker Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Q. Davis in Honor of James Matthew Davis

A House Divided explores the debate between isolationists and interventionists that gripped America from the outbreak of World War II in Europe until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. As Britain fought Nazi Germany alone, most Americans wanted no part of the conflict. President Franklin D. Roosevelt performed a delicate balancing act, supporting Britain through the Lend-Lease Act and beginning efforts to mobilize the nation's defenses, while officially maintaining neutrality. The gallery immerses visitors in a time of great confusion, fear, and worry as Americans urgently debated the best course of action for the nation and war drew closer. Through a special media presentation featuring the images and sounds of conflicting voices engaged in the debate, the gallery immerses visitors in the atmosphere of anxiety that defined 1940–41 in the United States—as American society passionately hoped that peace would endure, but began to acknowledge that war may be unavoidable despite all efforts.

This impactful gallery is dominated by a 50-foot-wide projection screen—a suitably vast surface on which to display the shock and chaos of Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. The surprise Japanese attack on the American fleet brought war to America, and swiftly united people with a sense of national resolve and purpose. The United States declared war on Japan the following day, and when Germany and Italy declared war on the United States days later, Americans found themselves fully committed to a global conflict. However, with the Japanese seizing American possessions including the Philippines, Wake Island, and Guam and sweeping through Asia, the southwest Pacific, and even the Aleutian Islands, and with German U-boats sinking American shipping on US coastlines, Americans were badly losing in the first months of war. Still, the sense of national morale remained unbroken. The unity of purpose on the American Home Front would become the backbone of a national effort in which every man, woman, and child would contribute, and would create an epic shift in world order that was begun on December 7, 1941, as Americans dedicated themselves to victory over our enemies.

After the United States entered World War II, the American people responded with rapid and tremendous efforts to mobilize the Home Front for war. Enlistments in the military soared, as approximately 16 million Americans eventually served in uniform during the war. America Responds captures the mood of this pivotal moment of determination and unity in the context of a typical American town: a theater marquis plays patriotic advertisements and clips of propaganda movies; a reproduced newsstand recalls a coordinated show of patriotism in July 1942, when dozens of US magazines published, simultaneously, the American flag on their front covers; and a local recruitment office urges citizens to enlist. The America Responds gallery conveys how the onset of World War II unified the nation, as American media joined the US government in publishing iconic WWII propaganda posters, publications, movies, and newsreels, and every home could contribute to victory through rationing, scrap-metal drives, and bond drives.

In the war years, each service branch saw explosive growth and brought together Americans from diverse backgrounds in a common experience of military training. But not all citizen soldiers' experiences were alike: women, African Americans, and Japanese Americans all served in segregated units. The mobilization of the Coast Guard and National Guard took initial precedence as America's first lines of defense after Pearl Harbor. Millions of young citizens flocked to enlist in the military in the early days of the war, but many millions more would eventually be drafted. Military personnel received specialized training appropriate to the service branch and environment in which they would serve, on the land, in the air, and at sea. This immersive gallery, set in a military barracks environment, highlights the massive effort to rapidly train and mobilize millions of civilians to become the nation's troops in combat zones around the world.