at The National World War II Museum

It was the War That Changed The World. Now, three remarkable new venues at the National World War II Museum will forever change the way you understand this pivotal event in modern history. In conjunction with the opening of The Solomon Victory Theater, The Stage Door Canteen and The American Sector, a Chef John Besh restaurant; an equally spectacular weekend of events will give people of all ages an opportunity to Experience the Victory!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dedication and Grand Opening
Please Note: This event has reached capacity.

But you can still Experience the Victory online with our free event webcast featuring Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw and more! Interact with other viewers via Twitter and other social networking tools.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Family Fun Day
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fun, festive and free activities for the entire family, including carnival games, crafts, a rock-climbing wall, music and more. Specialties by Chef John Besh will be available for purchase.

9:00              Museum opens to public
10:00-4:00     Carnival booths, food booths, kids activities*
11:00-11:45    “Louisiana Maneuvers” relay races
11:00-12:30    Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra on Pavilion Stage / Swing dancing
1:00-2:00       “Who’s on First?” contest / WWII Trivia Contest on Main Stage
1:00-2:00       Linnzi Zaorski on Pavilion Stage / Swing dancing
2:00-2:45       “Louisiana Maneuvers” relay races
2:30-4:00       U.S. Navy Band on Main Stage/ Swing dancing
5:00              Museum closes to public

*Children who bring non-perishable food for our Food Drive Station or recycling for our Recycling Station receive 1/2 off Museum admission!

The Victory Stomp
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bring friends and family to revel in an evening festival with live music by New Orleans’ own Deacon John’s Big Band, Irma Thomas, Ingrid Lucia, The Victory Belles, plus dining selections from the American Sector, a Chef John Besh restaurant, with a spectacular firework finale. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sponsored by The Brown Foundation of Houston, this event is co-hosted by the University of New Orleans and The National WWII Museum. The panels will illuminate the life and works of Stephen E. Ambrose. Panelists include Hugh Ambrose, Dr. Guenter Bischof, Dr. Richard H. Immerman, Dr. Allan Millett, Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, and Museum President Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller.

General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series
Reception 5:00 pm followed by lecture at 6:00 pm
Presenting Dr. Alan Brinkley, Historian and Provost, Columbia University. Free and open to the public. For more information on this and other upcoming Mason Lectures, click here.

Hotel Information

We've made it easy for you to make your hotel reservation for the grand opening weekend. Just click on the hotel of your choice below to book now.

SpringHill Suites New Orleans Convention Center

Courtyard New Orleans Convention Center

Residence Inn New Orleans Convention Center

Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans

New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center

The Venues

The Solomon Victory Theater will be the exclusive home to Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience as epic, as extraordinary as the war itself. This unique experiential journey which  incorporates theatrical special effects, cutting edge digital technology and original World War II footage.  Many of Hollywood’s top stars bring to life the actual words of soldiers and sailors and war correspondents in this powerful, authentic story.  The Theater’s state-of-the-art special effects are riveting, but -- most of all -- you will understand as never before the price of freedom.

The Stage Door Canteen is a salute to the WWII era venues that entertained anxious young men and women on their way to war and the A-list entertainers who boosted their morale. The performance and dining venue is an inviting space featuring a signature live show and other entertainment bringing to life the music of the war years.

The Canteen will segue into The American Sector, a Chef John Besh restaurant.  Besh, a renowned chef and James Beard Award winner, served with Marine Forces in the Gulf War. He was a finalist on The Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef and has made numerous appearances on network television. The restaurant, named for the historic area of New Orleans where the Museum is located, will feature a creative approach to classic American cuisine.

Join us in New Orleans November 6 – 8, 2009 and Experience the Victory for yourself.

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