NOTICE: Andrew Higgins Drive is temporarily closed to vehicles and pedestrians between Camp Street and Magazine Street for the construction of a new Founders Plaza at The National WWII Museum. The Museum's main entrance for the duration of construction is at 945 Magazine Street.
MUSEUM FRIENDS: Many have asked whether we were impacted by our state's recent flood events. We are grateful to report that New Orleans was not impacted by the floods, and the Museum is open for business. Our thoughts, of course, are with our Louisiana neighbors. For those who have asked for ways to help, here are a few resources our own staffers have found useful:
2016 International Conference on World War II
1946: Year Zero
Triumph and Tragedy
With WWII double agents, spies, and special operations as its theme and renowned historians such as Sir Max Hastings and best-selling author Alex Kershaw at the helm, it's no wonder our upcoming Espionage Symposium sold out in record time! But there's good news: Additional capacity has been added to meet the unprecedented demand, and additional seats are available now. (But act fast—the shadowy topic of spycraft is drawing a crowd!)
The Symposium is offered exclusively to attendees of the 2016 International Conference on World War II, the world's leading gathering of WWII historians, educators, authors, and enthusiasts since its inception in 2006, back in New Orleans for its seventh annual gathering this November. (Learn more about this year's conference—1946: Year Zero—Triumph and Tragedy—here!)
At a time when a ‘computer’ was a job title, most numerical calculations during the 1930s and 1940s were made by men and women using slide rules. At Harvard, the Mark I was developed in 1944, and the Colossus at Bletchley Park was developed beginning in 1943. These programmable computers were preceded by the Z1, designed […]
Many friends of The National WWII Museum have reached out to ask if we have suffered any of the catastrophic flooding occurring elsewhere in Louisiana. We’re happy to report that we have not. The Museum is safe and open to visitors. Unfortunately, many of our fellow Louisiana residents have been less fortunate. If, like us, […]
Home Front Friday is a regular series that highlights the can do spirit on the Home Front during World War II and illustrates how that spirit is still alive today! To keep the past alive, and to add some different foods to weekly meals and flavor to our posts, there will be a few Home Front […]
The War in the Pacific Classroom Resources
From the Collection to the Classroom Volume 1: The War in the Pacific is a multimedia resource for teaching middle and high school students the history of World War II. In addition to primary source-based lesson plans, which align with the Common Core State Standards and National Standards for History, the curriculum includes topical overview essays, reference materials, and two introductory essays and a video from a World War II scholar. A rich array of resources—from archival documents, photographs, and artifacts to oral histories, maps, and videos from the Museum's collections and galleries—also accompany each lesson plan and overview essay.
Visit the website to view and download classroom materials on the War in the Pacific.
End of War
Following the surrender of Nazi Germany, Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), on May 8, 1945, was marked by celebration among the Allies. However, for many the spirit of victory was subdued by the knowledge that the task of defeating Japan still remained.
As the guns fell silent in Europe, a noose was being drawn around the Japanese home islands. Relentless American submarine attacks slowed the flow of food, oil, and other resources to a trickle, and American B-29s firebombed Japan's urban and industrial bases to cinders. It was clear to most that Japan could not possibly hope to prevail.