NOTICE: Following the dedication of Founders Plaza, a grand new entryway to the Museum, Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street has reopened to vehicles. Paid parking is available in the Museum’s new parking structure on Magazine Street.
The Ride of a Lifetime: PT-305
Built in New Orleans by Higgins Industries, the patrol-torpedo (PT) boat PT-305 was a critical asset for the US Navy during World War II, serving in European waters from 1944 to the end of the war. The Museum acquired her in 2007 and, after nearly a decade of restoration, she's ready for her next chapter: cruising the waters of Lake Pontchartrain—where she first underwent testing before shipping off to war—and offering passengers the ride of a lifetime.
Guests can see and feel the PT boat experience and learn about the service of the men who served on PT boats by coming aboard PT-305—the world's only fully restored combat-veteran PT boat in operation today. Thanks to an overwhelmingly generous effort from supporters, the Museum was able to raise the funds necessary—via a successful Kickstarter campaign—to make PT-305's future possible.
Step into history and book your ride or deck tour today! Visit pt305.org for more information.
Last autumn my neighbors were having a birthday party in their front yard. The highlight of the decorations was a bundle of helium-filled mylar balloons. It was windy, and they worked themselves free. I was working in my yard, and looked over when I heard sounds of dismay, and I watched the balloons slowly drift […]
Patrol-torpedo boats designed by Higgins Industries were not equipped with portholes. They also did not have air conditioning, meaning summer nights in the crew’s quarters were hot and stuffy. In September 1944, PT-305 briefly operated out of Saint-Tropez, France, but that short time was long enough for the crew to transform the boat. Torpedoman’s Mate […]
Each month the Museum will feature a standout classroom participating in Get in the Scrap!. Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project about recycling and energy conservation, inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II. Each featured class does stellar work to make a difference in their school, home, community […]
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda
A traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
January 27, 2017 – June 18, 2017
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda explores how the Nazi propaganda machine used biased information to sway public opinion during World War II. This powerful exhibition examines the definition of propaganda, how it operates, why it works, and the importance of protecting ourselves from its dangers. The exhibition asks visitors to question and engage with the messages they see, and to learn from this extreme example that democracies, while appearing strong, are fragile without the responsibility and action of their people.
This exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center. Local exhibition support provided by Goldring Family Foundation & The Woldenberg Foundation.
Presenting support provided by an anonymous donor.
Public programming for State of Deception courtesy of the Bleznick Family Foundation.
The National WWII Museum is home to thousands of oral histories and hundreds of thousands of photographs. Begun by Museum founder Stephen Ambrose, PhD, the Museum's oral-history collection represents our efforts to preserve the stories and lessons of the WWII generation. What started as an asset for Ambrose while researching his books has turned into the foundation of the Museum's mission—to tell the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world.
Browse our collections at ww2online.org.Learn More