NOTE: The National WWII Museum is closed for business Tuesday, February 9, for Mardi Gras. The Museum will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, February 10.
Newest Campaigns of Courage Exhibit Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries Now Open
On December 11, The National WWII Museum celebrated the grand opening of its newest exhibits: Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, along with the LTJG Ralph E. Crump Merchant Marine Gallery.
Road to Tokyo retraces the grueling trail that led from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, by way of New Guinea and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Burma, the islands of the Pacific, China, India, and Alaska. Exhibits explore the evolving strategy for fighting relentless Japanese forces in Asia and the Pacific, examining cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the staggering range of extreme conditions that confronted American military forces in Asia and the Pacific. This is the story of a world that was unimaginably alien to American GIs, a conflict of searing brutality, and a victory so devastating it is hotly debated even today. But this is also the story of the American spirit that carried the day.
The Merchant Marine Gallery is situated at the end of the new American Spirit Bridge, and is a 940-square-foot gallery that honors the civilian merchant mariners who risked their lives transporting weapons, men, and matériel to US troops overseas. Members of the Merchant Marine were an essential force for the Allied cause, often working together with US Navy or Coast Guard vessels to protect their precious cargo. Through video, artifacts, a model of a Liberty ship, and an engaging array of personal narratives, this exhibit tells their story.
Meet the Author: Thomas E. Simmons, PhD
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Living in New Orleans, it’s difficult to imagine a Mardi Gras without parades. However, for New Orleanians living during World War II, that nightmare became a reality! The first Mardi Gras Day after the attack on Pearl Harbor came on Tuesday, February 17, 1942. Though many of the floats had been built and the parades […]
Carnival festivities went on hiatus while the nation was at war, but with peace, returned revelry. On March 5th, 1946, New Orleans celebrated the first official Mardi Gras since 1941. Seventy years later, in 2016, we are gearing up for an early Carnival on February 9th. Costuming is a vital part of Mardi Gras fun. […]
The National WWII Museum is looking for teachers and professors, historians, undergraduates and graduate students, museum professionals or anyone with a love of history and community to help judge this year’s National History Day contests! National History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across […]
Get in the Scrap!
A Service Learning Project for Grades 4-8
Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project for students all about recycling and energy conservation. Your students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students 70 years ago played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in World War II.
Sign up your class, complete fun activities, share your progress with the Museum, and win great prizes for your students!
Teachers, sign up today at getinthescrap.org!
Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII
Our newest exhibition, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII is a poignant retelling of the stories of the thousands of African Americans who rushed to enlist at the start of the war, intent on serving the country that treated them as second-class citizens. Open since July 4, the special exhibit discusses how hopes of equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated non-combat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.