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The National WWII Museum Voted TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Attraction

TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, has announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice Awards based on feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. The National WWII Museum, currently ranked #1 of 150 New Orleans attractions on the site, was named #4 museum in the United States and #11 museum worldwide—up three spots from our rankings in both categories in the 2013 poll!

Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters is now open! Expansive in its scope, exhaustive in its detail, and captivating in its innovative design, Campaigns of Courage invites exploration and connection like never before, bringing the lessons of history to life for today's generations—and generations to come.

Plan your visit to the Museum today.

Visit our calendar for information on upcoming programs and events at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans or sign up for our email list to receive regular updates.

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FEATURED EVENTS:

dividing bar Closing Program - 'The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm America at War' by A.J. Baime Armed Forces Day Commemorating the 71st Anniversary of D-Day and Museum's 15th Birthday

Closing Program - "The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm America at War" by A.J. Baime
Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for the closing event of our special exhibition Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy. Learn more and register.

 

Lunchbox Lecture: Seth Paridon presents "The Divine Wind at Okinawa"
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Seth Paridon will discuss the kamikaze campaign against the US Pacific Fleet off the coast of Okinawa in the final, desperate days of the Pacific War. Learn more.

 

Commemorating the 71st Anniversary of D-Day and Museum's 15th Birthday
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for a day of events honoring the Museum's 15th anniversary and commemorating Normandy D-Day—World War II's momentous turning point and the inspiration for this Museum's founding. Learn more.

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May 29, 2015
"On the Air: A Live Radio Broadcast Musical"
6:00 pm Dinner Seating, 8:00 pm Show Only Ticket
BB's Stage Door Canteen

May 30, 2015
"On the Air: A Live Radio Broadcast Musical"
6:00 pm Dinner Seating, 8:00 pm Show Only Ticket
BB's Stage Door Canteen

May 31, 2015
"On the Air: A Live Radio Broadcast Musical"
11:00 am Brunch Seating, 1:00 pm Show Only Ticket
BB's Stage Door Canteen

June 3, 2015
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

June 3, 2015
Lunchbox Lecture
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center

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In our last blog post of the Road to Tokyo countdown, we covered the Submarine, Doolittle Raid, and Battle of Coral Sea exhibits within the New Naval Warfare gallery. Let us now examine the remaining two exhibits detailing naval warfare in the Pacific that will be unfolded in this immersive space. Midway Victory at the Battle of Midway was a […] Read More

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“A people who honor their heroes and who appreciate the great civilization they have inherited must also volunteer to do their share. When we all do our part, we create a healthy, happy, and powerful nation.” – Hugh Ambrose This week the Museum lost an important member of our family. Hugh Ambrose was the son […] Read More

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This blog post is one in a series on a recent tour to the Ardennes which gave Museum volunteers and staff an in-depth look into the scenes of the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s last desperate attempt to stop the Allied drive in western Europe in the cold winter months of December 1944 and January 1945. […] Read More

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President William McKinley High School Yearbook

“Every day many men in the flower of their manhood die in battle.” So begins the introduction to ten pages of memorials to former students and alumni in President William McKinley High School's Class of 1944 yearbook. Yearbooks from the WWII era offer a perspective on a world in upheaval that is both rich and uniquely personal. Of special note is alumnus Shigeo ‘Joe' Takata, the first Japanese American to die fighting in World War II. Sgt. Takata, a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion, was killed in action on September 29, 1943, in the Salerno to Cassino Campaign.

View the yearbook in the Museum's online collection, See You Next Year: High School Yearbooks from WWII, to find out more.


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In the early, dark days of World War II, the remnants of the US Pacific Fleet fought a defensive withdrawal as the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese forces extended the borders of their empire closer and closer to the US mainland. Stopping the Japanese onslaught would come down to a woefully out-gunned and outnumbered task force of aircraft carriers, diligent intelligence work and a handful of intrepid aviators. Through a series of bold gambles, the American underdogs turned the tables on the Japanese, effectively ending the threat of future Japanese advances in the Pacific.

Turning Point focuses on the pivotal Battle of Midway and the events that led up to it, told by the men who witnessed these events as they unfolded. Archival photos and footage interlaced with the veterans' recollections give a mind's eye view of what these men experienced over 70 years ago. Accompanying artifacts illustrate the equipment, uniforms and weaponry of our fighting men.

View the microsite to learn more.

 

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