THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY: THE HERMAN AND GEORGE BROWN SALUTE TO THE HOME FRONT
Opened June 2017 in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front tells the story of the road to war and the Home Front, drawing on personal narratives and evocative artifacts to highlight facets of WWII-era American life through an experiential narrative. Visitors experience history as it unfolds through nine immersive galleries: Discordant Voices uses vivid audiovisual production techniques to bear witness to prewar domestic debates between leading voices of the time. America Besieged features a 50-foot-wide wraparound screen to convey the shock and impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In War Affects Every Home, a reconstructed 1940s home interior goes inside the setting where average Americans cooked from their Victory Gardens, collected for scrap drives, and gathered around the radio to learn of the war's progress. United but Unequal: I Am an American explores the racial barriers that plagued American society in the mid-20th century, and that set the stage for a striking incongruity between discrimination at home and the fight against fascism abroad. Other experiential galleries include Citizens to Warriors, a look at military recruitment and training; Manufacturing Victory, the story of America's industrial might depicted on a re-created factory floor; and Manhattan Project, a look inside the top-secret—and world-altering—development of the atomic bomb.