World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it. And readers will continue to enjoy them for many more years. – Ken Follett
Formerly known as the D-Day museum, the National WWII Museum is a must see when visiting New Orleans. What’s better than being greeted by those who have served our country – there to answer questions and recount stories of the past. All of the exhibits were full of history and painted the picture of the events that took place during WWII. In addition to the awesome exhibits, the US Freedom Pavillon was my favorite. Filled with war birds, war vehicles, and a submarine experience. If you are afraid of heights, do not go to the top floor. There were warning signs…eek! In the Laborde Service Gallery, I learned about the numerous African American men and woman who played a significant role in WWII. Such as Lavinia Breaux- the first African American woman in the Women’s Army Corp. Check out some of my favorite snaps from my visit! After all that learning, I stepped back in time to enjoy a panini and root beer float from Jerry Nims Soda Shop.
Neat New Orleans Facts
Many may wonder why the museum is in New Orleans. It was interesting to learn about the contributions my hometown of New Orleans provided to WWII.
- Andrew Jackson Higgins, a Louisiana native, was dubbed by Eisenhower as “the man who won the war for us.”
- Higgins the owner of Higgins boats, created the LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel). The LCVP was shallow water craft vehicle adapted to a land craft vehicle.
- New Orleans supplied more than 20,000 Higgins Boats to the military – which helped get troops to the beaches of Normandy.
WWII Museum Tips
- Purchase tickets online. Lines on weekends can be slow moving and lengthy.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Due to the size of the museum, there is a lot of walking, climbing stairs, and waiting for elevators.
- Stop and speak to a WWII Veteran. I mean… why not?!
- Bring your camera! They say history is best kept in photos. There are plenty photo-op moments.
Know any veterans?
Thanks for stoping by!