The National WWII 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 — so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. The Museum celebrates the American spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the home front. This is Tripadvisor’s #1 New Orleans attraction!
We absolutely loved this magnificent museum. Every exhibit and display is just remarkable. I particularly enjoyed the Merchant Marine exhibit and learning more about what my father possibly experienced as a Merchant Marine crewman in WWII. My husband Ron, a former USAF fighter pilot, was impressed by the amazing aviation exhibit.
On March 29 of this year, the National WWII Museum dedicated the George H.W. Bush Aviation Gallery, featuring a collection of six fully restored, iconic WWII aircraft suspended in the airspace of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The gallery now serves as a prominent and lasting tribute to Texan, WWII veteran, and former president, George H.W. Bush who ultimately flew 58 combat missions, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals before he was honorably discharged in September 1945.
The expanded campus now includes the Solomon Victory Theater, featuring the Tom Hanks-narrated 4D experience Beyond All Boundaries (opened in 2009); the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center (2013); the Campaigns of Courage pavilion (2015) housing its signature Road to Tokyo and Road to Berlin exhibits; Arsenal of Democracy (2017), a major exhibit on the Home Front in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion; The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center (2019); and the Hall of Democracy Pavilion (2019), which houses the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the innovative WWII Media and Education Center. And now…the George H.W. Bush Aviation Gallery (2022).
The museum will always stand as a ‘salute’ to those Americans who died in the fight for our freedom as well as those who came home and built our country into the richest and freest nation on earth!