New Orleans’ National World War II Museum Brings Past to Life


The National World War II Museum’s 6-acre campus in New Orleans is home to seven pavilions telling the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world.

Named New Orleans’ #1 tourist attraction by Tripadvisor, the museum has expanded since its 2000 dedication as the National D-Day Museum to include exhibits detailing all facets of the war. Liberation Pavilion, which opened in November, 2023,  highlights the cost of the Allied victory and illustrates how the war shaped America and how it continues to impact our lives today. The two-story exhibit space features first person accounts, iconic imagery, powerful artifacts and immersive environments which combine with a third floor cinematic experience to examine the end of the war and its aftermath.

The exhibit Voices from the Front uses artificial intelligence to enable visitors to converse with interviewees.

In the museum’s new Forbes Gallery of Rare and Iconic Artifacts, the groundbreaking exhibit, Voices from the Front, which opens in March 2024, uses state-of-the-art technology including artificial intelligence in an interactive experience which allows visitors to hold conversations with more than a dozen interviewees. Visitors will be able to engage with veterans, Home Front workers, and other witnesses to the war who share firsthand stories. Each interview includes as many as 1000 questions about the subject’s life and wartime experiences, helping visitors connect with a vanishing generation in a high-tech yet personal way.

The Four Freedoms exhibit is part of the new Liberation Pavilion

In addition to artifacts, interactive exhibits and special presentations, the museum offers opportunities to understand America’s experience in the war through travel. On  March 30, 2024, the museum’s 10-day Victory in the Pacific educational tour will return to Iwo Jima with veterans who fought there, marking the 79th anniversary of one of the fiercest and most famous battles of the war. The tour will explore island battlefields and landing beaches in the company of expert historians Jonathan Parshall and James Scott.

The museum’s collection includes archival photos of D-Day

Located at 945 Magazine Street in New Orleans, The National World War II Museum is open daily. For information about visiting, phone 504-528-1944 or check the website at www.nationalww2museum.org.

photos courtesy The National World War II Museum

Kathie Farnell
Kathie Farnell
Freelance writer Kathie Farnell lives in Foley, Alabama, ten miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, with her husband, photographer Jack Purser, and a flock of cats. She has written travel articles for print and web publications since 1992, and also produces programming for public television and radio through her nonprofit corporation, Artemis Media Project. The couple enjoy exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations and spending time on the Gulf beaches.

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