ROAD TO BERLIN: EUROPEAN THEATER GALLERIES
The newest pavilion of The National WWII Museum brings to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America’s campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. Dramatic exhibits explore how the United States’ citizen soldiers and their Allies secured victory in the 20th Century’s titanic struggle—a fight for civilization itself.
The heart of the Museum experience, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters—a 32,000 square foot pavilion—brings visitors inside the story of how the war was won. The Pavilion features two immersive exhibitions—Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries, now open, and Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, opening in 2015.
From faltering first battles in North Africa to the bloody struggle at Germany's doorstep, the immersive galleries in Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries recreate actual battle settings and villages—with crumbling walls, bomb-torn rooftops, icy pathways, and a chillingly realistic soundscape—as the evocative backdrop for period newsreels, video histories, interactive kiosks, macro artifacts, and tag-able digital displays that dive deeper into the story. The result is a richly layered, multimedia experience that invites exploration and connection: Visitors walking in the shadow of Normandy's brutally dense hedgerows can imagine the challenges that followed D-Day; attending a mission briefing with the Bomber Boys brings visitors inside America's all-important air strategy; seeing personal artifacts—cigarette boxes, photographs—scattered over real Normandy sand is a touching perspective on the human cost of the war.
Expansive in its scope, exhaustive in its detail, and captivating in its innovative design, Road to Berlin is a whole new way to understand America's story of the war in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean.