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New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

1. New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans, where 5 soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. Purchase your timed tickets in advance to secure your desired entry or movie time. Housed in 5 buildings, the 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. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion features the “D-Day Invasion of Normandy” exhibit and an exhibit telling the story of the war experienced on the Home Front.  The "Campaigns of Courage" area features the “Road to Tokyo” exhibit, which retraces the grueling trail from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo. It also houses the “Road to Berlin” exhibit, recreating actual battle settings and villages as America campaigned to defeat the Axis powers. A two-hour guided tour of these two exhibits, led by an expert docent, is also available to book as an option. The U.S. Freedom Pavilion features actual WW2 airplanes restored to their wartime glory, including the B-17E Flying Fortress, as well as wartime tanks and trucks. Liberation Pavilion, which opens in 2022, will explore the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today.  In the Solomon Victory Theatre, you will be able to see, hear and feel the epic story of World War II in the exclusive 4D experience “Beyond All Boundaries”, narrated by Tom Hanks. This movie experience requires the purchase of the option which includes the 4-D film.

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

2. City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans on a 3-hour city tour. Visit the historic French Quarter, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and more. Continue to areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including the 9th Ward. See Harry Connick Jr.'s Musicians’ Village and the work by Habitat for Humanity. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, where you'll see the unique above-ground tombs. Head to New Orleans City Park, and pass by Lake Pontchartrain – the largest lake in Louisiana. In the Garden District, see the iconic streetcars and historic mansions. The tour ends with a visit to the central business district.

New Orleans: 'Expressions of America' Sound and Light Show

3. New Orleans: 'Expressions of America' Sound and Light Show

Enjoy a show that celebrates the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict with this ticket for the 'Expressions of America' show in New Orleans.  Choose just to watch the 90-minute show or enhance your experience by extending it to a 2.5-hour experience including a mouth-watering three-course dinner with a reserved viewing area, two vintage-style cocktails, and a souvenir photo.  Have the option to order snacks, festive plates, and drinks before the the show. 'Expressions of America' combines the latest technology and special effects with the Museum’s extensive collection to provide you with an unforgettable nighttime experience unlike any other.  Begin your journey back to the 1940s by enjoying live entertainment reminiscent of the wartime era and exploring a mail call custom exhibit highlighting the role of correspondence and mail during World War II (the source material used to develop the show). Move outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main sound and light show, which lasts approximately 25 minutes and is hosted by actor Gary Sinise with music recorded by Preservation Hall Jazz Band members and other New Orleans musicians. Watch as special effects transform the museum campus and enter scenes projected as high as 90 feet tall. Get to know soldiers, nurses, chaplains, factory workers, artists, entertainers, and supportive loved who banded together during this time of strife.  See how real people contributed their own meaningful acts of sacrifice, ingenuity, bravery, and love to preserve freedom. All of the words in the show come directly from the everyday men and women who made a tremendous impact during a time of monumental conflict. After the show, stick around for jazzy music and more art projections outdoors. Discuss the unforgettable experience over drinks, and purchase a keepsake photo from the evening or a souvenir from the Museum Store.

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4.8 / 5

based on 234 reviews

I found the Museum to be complete when presenting WWII’s history. Easy to follow sections, all the video available of actual reporters and soldiers explaining their experience made it more valuable. Take your time for there are many details you don’t want to miss.

Interactive, not just a static display of artifacts. Outstanding back stories bring it alive and ties the whole experience together, so we’ll done!

The most informative and interesting museum I’ve seen. Plan on spending a few hour there. We were there for over 5 hrs. There are so many exhibits.

Allow plenty of time to visit this place, three hours at least. Check out the bar/restaurant afterwards too.

Two days needed to really experience all that is on display