Exciting Field Trips in New Orleans
A visit to The National WWII Museum is an exciting, educational experience for students and teachers alike. We offer several ways to experience the Museum and look forward to helping you plan your visit. Please read through the following information carefully and then contact our Sales Office with any questions, or when you are ready to schedule your field trip in New Orleans' #1 attraction.
The Education Department at The National WWII Museum is here to help you explore the history and lessons of WWII with your students right here in New Orleans, Louisiana. Field trips at the Museum utilize an object-based learning experience, educational technology, and world-class exhibits. The Museum uses its rich collection of artifacts, archives and oral histories to take history beyond the pages of textbooks and into the hands of curious students.
To book a field trip, please call 504-528-1944 x 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding that enabled free field trips for Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII has been completely used. We appreciate the great interest from regional schools. This engaging field trip is still available at our normal discounted student prices for the run of the exhibit, through May 2016. For more information contact Meghan Sens at 504-528-1944 x 272.
The Museum includes exhibits in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion covering America's entry into the war, the Home Front, and D-Day Planning and Beaches, featuring WWII airplanes, boats, vehicles, and weapons. Beyond All Boundaries, our 4D film produced and narrated by Tom Hanks shown exclusively in our Solomon Victory Theater, is a spellbinding immersive journey through the war that changed the world. The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center tells the story of our nation's unprecedented industrial capability during the war years and explores what it was like to participate in World War II on land, at sea or in the air. Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience is an interactive submarine experience based on the last war patrol of the USS Tang in the Pacific Theater. Visitors man the positions and perform the battle actions of actual crewmembers as the sub engages the Japanese Imperial Naval Forces. The heart of the Museum experience is Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, a 32,000 square foot pavilion, which brings visitors inside the story of how the war was won. Campaigns of Courage features two immersive exhibitions: Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries, now open, and Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, opening in December 2015.
Trained volunteers will foster your students' interactive exploration of either the Museum's Home Front and D-Day European exhibits in Louisiana Memorial Pavilion or the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center which features our new “Who, What and Where” hands-on exploration of World War II. This US Freedom Pavilion docent tour includes veteran’s WWII stories and interactive learning about Museum resources (artifacts, posters, oral histories, etc.) which illuminate the history and lessons of World War II. Students are issued workbooks in which to record their discoveries. There are a limited number of docent-led tours available each day. The maximum number of individuals (both students and chaperones) on any one docent led tour is 60 to allow smooth, timely movement through our exhibits. Please inquire about availability as you schedule your field trip.
- Available for grades 5 – 12
- Size limit—60 (students and designated chaperones)
- Length—1 hour
- Offered with advanced reservation at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
- Availability based on volunteer docents
If your group is larger than 60 or if you do not want a guided tour, students may explore the Museum on their own (along with adult chaperones), including US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. Class sizes may be limited even for self-guided tours. To help your students explore the Museum in a thoughtful, thorough way, download a student activity worksheet and answer key for exploring the chronological WWII exhibits in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.
You may also download a Campaigns of Courage Pavilion student scavenger hunt for the Road to Berlin and Road to Tokyo exhibits. Teacher hints for using the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion student scavenger hunt: Print on 2-sided 8.5x14 inch paper at your school. Please hand them to students before entering the building. The Museum has a limited availability to print these if you cannot. To arrange printing, please contact the Education Department at email@example.com or call 504-528-1944 x 333 at least one week prior to your field trip.
This hunt is for the Road to Berlin gallery (First floor); and the Road to Tokyo gallery (Second floor).
You will find answers by moving through the entire exhibit.
It is not a race, please be courteous to other visitors.
Do NOT write on exhibit cases or walls. (Many students write on each other’s backs.)
Writing utensils should only be used for writing answers.
If you will be visiting the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, have your students read these fact sheets about our airplanes and submarine experience before their visit:
Upon arrival at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, your students may obtain a printed "Flight Log" scavenger hunt from the volunteer greeter near the entrance. You may view a copy here.
STEM Field Trip for Math and Science Students
The National WWII Museum offers an on-site STEM field trip for middle school and high school students. Focused on problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking, students explore the scientific and technological innovations that helped with the war. Consisting of a Museum tour with an engineering design activity, students are actively engaged in hands-on learning throughout the experience. Real-world science and math are just a bus ride away! New field trip activities for 2015-16!
- Available for grades 6 – 12
- Size limit—30 students
- Length—2 hours
- Separate middle school and high school programs available
- Aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
NOTE: Limited time STEM Field Trip offer for Louisiana Title I Schools. Please contact Group Sales at (504) 528-1944 x 222 for more information.
Victory Garden Field Trip for Elementary Students
Young students begin their field trip in our Student Resource Center where they learn about the importance of teamwork during the war by piecing together and interpreting colorful propaganda poster puzzles. To introduce the subject of gardening, students race through the classroom to recreate the often-misunderstood path of food from farm to family table. Before leaving the classroom, students watch the classic 1943 Barney the Bear's Victory Garden film, which encouraged children to help the war effort by planting their own gardens. After a brief visit to the Museum's Home Front exhibit, students trek out to our on-site Victory Garden where they learn all about seed crop and seed selection, composting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. As a special treat, each students gets to plant a seed in our special Student Garden and gets to fill their own Victory Garden seed packets to take home for planting. Combining history, civics, biology, and earth science, it's a great hands-on field trip in New Orleans and a great introduction to the Museum.
- Available for grades 2-5
- Size limit—30 students
- Length—90 minutes
- Monday and Tuesday only
Fighting for the Right to Fight Field Trip Experience
For a limited time, students will learn about the experiences and struggles of the African Americans who had to fight for democracy in their own nation while the world was at war. Available through May 2016, this field trip gives students the opportunity to explore the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Special Exhibition Gallery to tour Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII. Here they will learn from the stories of African American men and women who laid the foundation for the Civil Rights movement by displaying leadership and dedication on the battlefront and at home during World War II. In addition to the gallery exploration, students will do hands-on activities in our classroom making tough choices related to the war, or becoming editors to create their own war-era newspapers.
- Available for grades 6-12
- Size limit—60 students and 6 designated chaperones
- Length—1.5 hours; half in the exhibit and half in our classroom
- Offered Tuesdays – Thursdays by advanced group reservation
- Select from 3 classroom exploration options!
PREPARING FOR YOUR FIELD TRIP:
Teachers: Whether you requested a docent-led tour or a self-guided tour, pre- and post-visit activities will help your students gain the most from a field trip to The National WWII Museum.
We encourage self-guided tours (only) to use our student activity worksheet, which should not be given out to students taking docent-led tours.
We highly recommend you show the eight-minute film The Road to War before your visit. It provides an overview of the years immediately prior to World War II. Self-guided tours (only) can see this film at the Museum. Docent-led tours will not have time.
Hours of Operation:
Seven days a week, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The National WWII Museum is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact the Museum if you have students or adults with special needs.