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National World War II Museum

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National World War II Museum, New Orleans LA

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The National World War II Museum is a large complex with lots to explore. It's a good place to beat the heat, though it is sad. Elementary and high school kids enjoy it and learn a lot.
The best area is Building 3, the Campaigns of Courage exhibit. Real sets, such as a snowy forest with a cold draft that blows through the room, set the mood for the material that you read. Usually I don't like museums that mostly have reading material on the walls without any real objects, but this exhibit is well done. In Building 1, upstairs from where you buy your tickets, there is mostly information on plaques but there are also some objects such as soldiers' diaries and possessions, that make the visit worthwhile.
The Air Pavilion has war planes on display and you can take the stairs or elevator up to see them from above.
The movie with Tom Hanks that many people on tripadvisor recommend was not my favorite. It showed violent images and I don't think you really need to see it to get the most out of your visit. Don't take kids to it.
The museum interior is kind of dark and blocky, without many windows.
This museum is very expensive. There are other things to do in New Orleans that relate more to New Orleans culture that I'd choose first, and only do this if there is excess time.
There aren't too many places to eat in the neighborhood, but try Carmo's Tropical Cafe, which has some healthy upscale Caribbean options at good prices. It's a five minute walk (see address below).
Across the street from this museum is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a wonderful place.

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US flag, Italian phrasebook, and diary of the Sicily invasion.
US flag, Italian phrasebook, and diary of the Sicily invasion.
Diary, ration ticket, pemmican ration in a can, and malted milk tablets.
Diary, ration ticket, pemmican ration in a can, and malted milk tablets.
Exhibit about landing at Anzio.
Exhibit about landing at Anzio.
I love the trees and nature scenes in the exhibits!
I love the trees and nature scenes in the exhibits!
Photo and description about liberation.
Photo and description about liberation.
Snowy nature scene in exhibit about the Siege of Bastogne, with cold air piped in!
Snowy nature scene in exhibit about the Siege of Bastogne, with cold air piped in!
Video and exhibit about Berlin.
Video and exhibit about Berlin.
Looking toward the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
Looking toward the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
Fighter planes inside the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
Fighter planes inside the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.
A young couple checks out an exhibit of uniforms.
A young couple checks out an exhibit of uniforms.
Fighter plane.
Fighter plane.
You can take an elevator high up in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion and look down.
You can take an elevator high up in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion and look down.
"Spend your summer in Greenland on an icecap."
"Spend your summer in Greenland on an icecap."
   

Directions

The National World War II Museum is located at 945 Magazine St, New Orleans LA 70130, call (504) 528-1944.
Open daily 9-5.
Admission is $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, $15 for children in grades K-12, college students, and military. $5 for each movie, if you've paid admission. $15 for each movie if you haven't paid admission (this is not worth it). A second day pass costs $6.
Carmo's Tropical Cafe, 527 Julia St, New Orleans LA 70130, call (504) 875-4132.

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Last Updated Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:03:42 GMT