If you're interested in American history, specifically World War II history, the D-Day Museum should be one of your first stops in New Orleans. This popular museum showcases a vast array of exhibits, documents, artifacts, photographs, and movies. Perhaps the most moving parts of the state-of-the-art exhibit exhibits are the oral histories from veterans worldwide.
The National D-Day Museum Foundation was founded in 1991 by noted historian and author, Dr. Stephen Ambrose from the University of New Orleans. Ambrose wrote the book, "D-Day" and many others as well as consulted on TV documentaries and films. The Museum opened it's doors on June 6, 2000 with the enormously talented director Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning actor and star of "Saving Private Ryan" attending. This museum address all the amphibious invasions or D-Days of WWII and is a tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who took part.
It's New Orleans location is due not only to Dr. Ambrose's presence here but also because it was in New Orleans where the Higgins Boat, the landing craft used during the D-Day invasion, was manufactured. President Eisenhower credited the Higgins Boat with being responsible for the great success of the Allies.
Additions to the museum have taken place since its opening, but unfortunately during the hurricane disaster of August, 2005, the museum was vandalized and damaged. Let's hope that this fantastic museum is back on its feet again.
The D-Day Museum lets the visitor experience the history of the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy as well as D-Day invasions in the Pacific. (The "Pacific" wing is the newest addition to this fabulous museum.) Exhibits and galleries, movies, and "Personal Account Stations" all combine to enhance the visitor's ability to "relive" this moment in history. Allow several hours to visit this great museum!
The D-Day Museum is wheelchair accessible. Brochures are available in Braille, French, Spanish and German. The museum is open 7 days per week except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas and Mardi Gras. 9:00 am to 5:00pm
The museum also offers PJ's Cafe, the Museum Shop which has a wonderful selection of things to buy including appropriate souvenirs for little people. Wheelchairs are available for use.
Admission: (Coupons are widely available.)
Seniors 65 +: $6.00
Active Military: $4.00
Student Groups (Fall): $4.00
Student Groups (Spring) $5.00
Free admission to Veterans and families up to 4 people on Armed Forces Day, D-Day, Patriots Day, and Veterans Day.
Not exactly sure why we chose to go to the D-Day Museum except that T and I are old enough to want to learn more about it (even though we are more contemporaries of Vietnam War Age.)
I love history... I have a bad memory and I always learn something I must have known a few years ago, so even though it was a unusual choice to choose a War Muesum, it was pretty cool. Plus it is a new museum so it had an interesting lay out.
The focus on D-Day was different / good. I never saw Saving Private Ryan. After going to this museum, I don't have to see the movie.
Eventually this museum will be dedicated to all of World War II, not just D-Day (even though it does cover all WWII, it's primary focus is on D-Day. It does cover, to less a degree, events in the Pacific Theater and the bombing of Japan).
One Minor reason we may have chosen this: it was 8 blocks (walking distance) from the Hotel Pelham and it was Air Conditioned! And considering it was in the 100's w/ the humidity, AC was a GOOD thing!
I recommend going if you are a history buff. If not, PASS...
(AAA DISCOUNT... so bring your card!)
$12 dollars if you have your Triple A card... and $14 if you don't...
The World War II Museum in New Orleans (formerly the D-Day Museum) is well-researched and beautifully laid out, focusing not only on the Normandy invasion but also on other aspects of World War II. It's located in this city because of New Orleans boat builder Andrew Higgins, whose landing craft (LCVP, a.k.a. Higgins Boat) ensured the success of the D-Day invasion in 1944.
I've been to museums where war was presented as a glorious undertaking, with trumpets blowing and banners waving and God on our side -- no mention of the fear and blood and ugliness -- and I had expected a similar slant from a military museum in the American South. I was wrong. The museum courageously gives a warts-and-all view of WWII. It tells about doubts and worries and strategy gone awry, and includes first-person accounts from everyone in the military hierarchy, from frightened young Marines, sitting in Higgins boats off Omaha Beach, to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, agonizing over whether to give the "go" order or wait. The museum also includes displays of propaganda from both the Allied and Axis sides, with a discussion about demonizing the enemy.
Throughout the museum there are little film nooks where a handful of people can sit and watch video clips and slide shows. On one tape, one soldier spoke about shocking scenes at a concentration camp: mountains of bodies, a whole room full of jawbones. "I've never talked much about it," he admitted.
Another said that, just before they hit the beach at Normandy, his buddy turned to him and said in panic, "I can't swim."
"Don't worry," he assured him, "they'll take us right up to land." ... except that someone hit the release for the ramp too early, while the boat was still in deep water. His friend was carried off by a massive wave and never even made it onto the beach.
There were so many poignant stories from different viewpoints, which is what makes history fascinating to me.
The museum has been expanded, and there's a lot to see. Check the website for special exhibits and allow three hours to wander through - the time goes quickly.
As a woman, going to a museum dedicated to D-Day and WWII was not something that I thought would hold any interest for me - was I ever wrong! Granted, the tanks and planes on display were more interesting for the men in my party, but this museum has so much more.
There was a gallery depicting "The War at Home" which showed the sacrifices of the men, women and children back on the home front, including ration cards and household goods of the era. There was another gallery displaying propaganda posters - from the US and Japanese perspective. There are booths which play the video memoirs of many WWII veterans - they are short and should hold a child's interest.
I spent 2 hours here and could have spent more time. Check out their website to see what is the current exhibition, but definitely go.
This museum is scheduled to reopen after Katrina on Dec. 5th 2005
We rode the St. Charles streetcar to Lee Circle and got off and went to the D-Day Museum.
I did not expect to enjoy this but it was VERY well done. There were two terrific movies - one about the D-Day invasion of Normandy (D-Day Remembered) and the other about the war in the Pacific (Price for Peace), including talking about the A-bomb. Each was about 45 minutes.
They had personal stories from participants on both sides, and exhibits of things like war bonds, and various uniforms. We got there about 2:40 and they had to kick us out at 5:00.
Open seven days a week 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Mardi Gras
Adults (18 - 64) $14.00
Seniors (65+) $8.00
Students with ID $8.00
Youths (Age 12 and under) $6.00
Children under 5 FREE
Active or Retired Military and Spouse with ID $6.00
Military in Uniform FREE
the national world war II museum also known as the d-day museum was established to honor the higgins landing craft that were built in new orleans during world war II. these amphibious troop carriers where instrumental to the d-day invasions of europe and the pacific. the d-day museum has been expanded over the years and now has exhibits covering many aspects of this war. for those interested in military history the national world war museum is a very worth while stop when in new orleans.
World War 2 Museum
Used to be called D-Day museum. This is a very involved museum, bigger than I thought. They trace WW2, and mostly the D-Day invasion. They have photos, graphics, many automated displays explaining the invasion. You walk your way thru teh building, and follow the war. After teh European war, they follow the end of the Pacific war, and have a lot of displays about the nuclear bomb. There are also some actual airplanes, jeeps, guns and things in the entrance from the war. They have 2 40 minute or so movies you can see at the begging too. Give yourself at least 2 hours, preferably 3-5 to see everything.
This museum is the national shrine to those who died in the D-Day invasion of WWII. It has many short films and interactive displays, along with recorded personal accounts from verterans themselves. It has an abundance of real artifacts from the war, and it takes you through many different viewpoints. From privates all the way to General Eisenhower himself, the museum sheds light on the way it was and what the partcipants felt like through all types of situations. It really does provide revelations into what these guys went through. My favorite part is the short movie about the days leading up the invasion and all the choices that Eisenhower had to make himself. He states something to the effect, "If this fails, it is all on my hands." Then the next thing you see, is his actual diary, where he wrote the passage. Pretty powerful.
The World War II Museum was founded by noted writer and historian Stephen Ambrose. The museum presented tools of the war effort, including the famous Higgins landing craft. More than 20,000 boats were designed and built in New Orleans and used in all the amphibious landings of World War II. Dwight Eisenhower credited these boats with winning the war for the Allies. Other artifacts include a Sherman tank, jeeps, and a fully restored C-47.
Permanent exhibit galleries, located on the second and third floor of the Museum, are divided into four areas: The Home Front, Planning for D-Day, The D-Day Beaches and The D-Day Invasions in the Pacific. Photographs, video's, artifacts and first person accounts made the experience seem real. The Malcolm S. Forbes Theater features two alternating films focusing on the D-Day invasions at Normandy and in the Pacific, The Price for Peace and D-Day Remembered.
The Road to Victory: A Vision for Future Generations capital campaign has been launched to expand the current Museum and will include four prominent exhibit pavilions which will portray all campaigns of the war on land, sea, and air, and each branch of the U.S. military services, a theater and USO entertainment venue, a themed restaurant, and a public parade ground. This $300 million expansion project will quadruple the size of the existing facility and will add state-of-the-art programs and exhibit space, library and archives, and collections and conservation space. An endowment campaign will provide long-term funding for educational programs, research and collection of oral histories, and future exhibitions.
This museum opened in 2000 and is dedicated to the amphibious invasions that took place in World War II and pays tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part. It is located here because it was in new Orleans that Andrew Higgins built the landing craft used in the invasions.
9-5 EVERYDAY (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Mardi Gras)
Adults - $14.00
65+ - $8.00
12 and under - $6.00
under 5 - FREE
Military and Spouse with ID - $6.00
Military in uniform - FREE
New Orleans is home to the National D-Day museum, a testament to the accomplishments of sevicemembers and civilians alike during the events surrounding the Allied invasion of Europe. It is apropos that the museum finds its home here as the Higgins boat - designed by its namesake Louisiana native - was built in Louisiana. General Eisenhower attributes much of the Allied success to this invention.
This is a must see during your trip to New Orleans. The museum is poignant, informative and assembled impeccably.
The D-Day / WWII museum is a great place to take the kids for a movie and a bite to eat, or a history buff, veteran or generation nostalgic for a multi-day visit to this monument.
See the 4D movie, narratted by Tom Hanks (good for kids, near the American Sector restaurant, a fun place to pay for a bite to eat); spend the time to read the features and absorb the information and decor; visit the Stage Door Canteen for a show and a meal from a John Besh kitchen; sign up for a lunchbox lecture or a special event; honor veterans and pay tribute to the "Greatest Generation"
If you're into hunting down the trail, go to Houston's for lunch and ask about the Higgens boats.
The D-Day invasion was a small but pivotal moment in the greatest war the world has ever known. Many museums cover this war in its' entirety but this museum does an excellent job of focusing on one small aspect and STILL leaving the visitor thirsting for more knowledge. New Orleans seems an odd location for a museum on the D-Day museum at first, yet, the city actually played a major role. What role is that?? You will have to visit the museum to figure that out! Happy history hunting! (can you tell I'm a history teacher!?)
The National WWII Museum is a brand new museum in New Orleans close to Lee Square in downtown. Formerly the D-Day museum, its been updated in a brand new building.