National World War II Museum

world war ii museumhe National World War II Museum was formerly called The National D-Day Museum and is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
World War II was a war that lasted from 1939-1945 with more than 100 million military personnel deployed. The war resulted in fifty million to seventy million deaths.
The museum was opened on June 6, 2000 and was founded by Dr. Stephen Ambrose who is a well known historian, educator and author. The museum was opened on the 56th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. The reason New Orleans was chosen as the site for the museum is because New Orleans is where the landing crafts that were used in the invasions were built by Andrew Higgins.
The museum offers 40,000 square feet of amazing exhibits from all aspects of the war from beginning to end. The museum is open seven days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm. They are closed on Mardi Gras day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It takes about three hours to take a self guided tour of the museum and see all it has to offer.
The National World War II Museum has many exhibits that depict the stories of the men and women who made the World War II victory possible. The stories are told through personal accounts, artifacts, documents, film footage and photographs.
The museum houses permanent exhibits that showcase the tools of the war. The exhibits are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum and are divided into four areas: The Home Front, Planning for D-Day, The D-Day Beaches and The D-Day Invasion in the Pacific.
My favorite exhibit is the fully restored Douglas C-47. When in battle, the C-47 could carry 38 soldiers and 6,000 pounds of cargo. The Home Front area showcases exhibits such as aircrafts, warships and soldiers’ models. The Planning for D-Day area showcases a re-creation of a command post as well as a German observation site. In The D-Day Beaches area is more of a sentimental area because it has artifacts from soldiers fighting on the beaches such as a pocket bible and watch. The D-Day Invasions in the Pacific exhibit features a 200 foot long timeline wall of the major amphibious landings.
The museum has two theaters. The Malcolm Forbes Theater shows two films that are 45 minutes long and shown daily. “D-Day Remembered” and “Price for Peace” will give you great insight on Normandy and the Pacific. The Solomon Victory Theater offers the film “Beyond All Boundaries.” The film depicts the journey from Pearl Harbor to the very end of the war with the victory.
Visitor facilities include handicap accessibility with wheelchair rentals, PJ’s Café, Museum Gift Shop and baby changing areas. For great dining, try Chef John Besh’s American Sector that offers great culinary foods from soups, snacks and sandwiches to delicious entrées. Be sure to leave room for sweet dessert. The Sector is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am-9:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:00am-11:00pm.
The World War II Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the war.
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