In November 2009, the Museum celebrated the Grand Opening of three new additions to our campus: Solomon Victory Theater, showcasing a 4-D cinematic experience narrated by Tom Hanks, Beyond All Boundaries; Stage Door Canteen, featuring live performances of World War II era music and dance; and The American Sector restaurant.
Two years later, the Museum opened the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion as well as the Jeri Nims Soda Shop, a space reminiscent of the classic soda fountains of the early to mid-20th century. The Kushner Restoration Pavilion added approximately 14,000 square feet to The National WWII Museum’s campus, offering the public a permanent, behind-the-scenes view of the essential restoration and preservation techniques applied to priceless relics from the war years.
In January 2013, the Museum opened the spectacular US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which celebrates the extraordinary spirit of teamwork, sacrifice, and ingenuity demonstrated by Americans in battle and on the Home Front, as well America’s legendary production of airplanes, artillery, tanks, and other equipment that helped achieve victory.
In December 2014, The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries opened in the brand new Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters pavilion. 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.
Most recently, in December 2015, the Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries opened, completing the Campaigns of Courage pavilion. Also finished at the same time was the Ralph E. Crump LTJG, USNR, US Merchant Marine Gallery, which is situated at the end of the new American Spirit Bridge, on the second floor of the Solomon Victory Theater complex.