New Orleans: National World War II Museum

Founded by Dr. Stephen Ambrose, renowned author and historian, in 1991, the museum first opened its doors in 2000 on the 56th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Located in New Orleans, where Andrew Higgins built the landcraft used in the amphibious invasions of WWII, the museum is the only one in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or “D-Days” of WWII. Upon first entering the museum, visitors walk into the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion where  aircraft and tanks from the war, including a fully restored C-47 and a Sherman Tank, are displayed in the open pavilion. From that area, visitors can enter the second and third floors where the museum houses its permanent collection. Broken into four areas: The Home Front, Planning for D-Day, The D-Day Beaches and The D-Day Invasions of the Pacific, the exhibits are comprised of artifacts, text panels and recordings of personal accounts as told by veterans of the war. The museum also highlights the story of the WWII glider pilots, complete with a full size WWII-era glider on display. In addition to the exhibition halls, the museum’s Malcolm S. Forbes’ Theatre alternates showings of The Price for Peace and D-Day Remembered, two films focusing on the D-Day invasions of Normandy and the Pacific.

945 Magazine Street/Adult Admission $18 Museum Only/ Museum & Theater $23

New Orleans