Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided answers below to the most frequently asked questions about our Museum.

What does the "D" in D-Day mean?

The answer, like many answers in the field of history, is not so simple. Disagreements between military historians and etymologists about the meaning of D-Day abound. Here are just two explanations:

In Stephen Ambrose's D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, he writes, "Time magazine reported on June 12 [1944] that "as far as the U.S. Army can determine, the first use of D for Day, H for Hour was in Field Order No. 8, of the First Army, A.E.F., issued on Sept. 20, 1918, which read, 'The First Army will attack at H-Hour on D-Day with the object of forcing the evacuation of the St. Mihiel salient.'" (p. 491)

In other words, the D in D-Day merely stands for Day. This coded designation was used for the day of any important invasion or military operation. For military planners (and later historians), the days before and after a D-Day were indicated using plus and minus signs: D-4 meant four days before a D-Day, while D+7 meant seven days after a D-Day.

Learn more about D-Day here.

Why is the Museum located in New Orleans?

New Orleans is home to the LCVP, or Higgins boat, the landing craft that brought US soldiers to shore in every major amphibious assault of World War II. Andrew Jackson Higgins and the 30,000 Louisiana workers of Higgins Industries designed, built and tested 20,000 Higgins boats in southeastern Louisiana during the war. Dwight Eisenhower once claimed that Higgins was "the man who won the war for us."

Learn more about Higgins Industries and Andrew Jackson Higgins here.

How is Dr. Stephen Ambrose connected to the Museum?

The late Dr. Stephen Ambrose was the founder of The National WWII Museum. He spent decades researching and writing about the war, Eisenhower, and D-Day. As he collected more than 2,000 oral histories from D-Day veterans, he realized that the United States had no museum to honor these men and women and the people on the Home Front who made our victory in World War II possible. Ambrose was also the founder of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at The University of New Orleans.

Find out more about Stephen Ambrose and Nick Mueller, the founders of The National WWII Museum, here.

Do you have a database listing all D-Day Veterans?

No, but we do have some helpful tips on finding information about veterans.

How many World War II veterans are alive today?

Every day, memories of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappear. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, we are losing 348 veterans per day and only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2018.

This urgency guides the Museum in everything we do. Collecting the oral history of a veteran, donating an artifact, or contributing to the Museum are only a few of the ways you can help us to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation.

View more statistics and download full report.

I have something from the war in my attic. Do you want it for the Museum?
Are the "Higgins Boats" in the Museum from World War II?

Less than 10 original LCVPs or “Higgins Boats” are known to exist today. The Museum’s LCVP was built by volunteers, many of whom were Higgins employees, from the original plans and contains some original parts like the ramp and the engine.

Our LCP(L) is an original Higgins built craft. It was restored to original condition by our volunteers, many of whom also helped build the LCVP.

PT-305 is also an original Higgins built PT boat. It is the world's only fully restored, operational, combat veteran PT boat and you can book a ride or a deck tour today.

Is the Museum part of the federal government?

No, The National WWII Museum is a private non-profit institution. We have received federal, state, and private funds for initial construction and the ongoing Road to Victory Expansion.

Where is a good place to stay/eat near the Museum?

Be sure to ask about packages including The National WWII Museum when booking at these hotels.

Bienville House
320 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
717 Orleans Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Chateau LeMoyne French Quarter
301 Rue Dauphine
New Orleans, LA 70112

Courtyard by Marriott Covington
101 Northpark Boulevard
Covington, LA 70433

Courtyard New Orleans Convention Center
300 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville
910 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Courtyard New Orleans Metairie
2 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70001

Dauphine Orleans Hotel
415 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130 

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center
1001 S. Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport
2261 North Causeway Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70001

Hotel LeMarais
717 Conti Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-2201

Hotel Mazarin
730 Bienville Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Hotel Modern
936 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

LaQuinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown
301 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
859 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway
3838 N. Causeway Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
621 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Queen and Crescent Hotel
344 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Residence Inn New Orleans Metairie
3 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70001

SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown
301 St. Joseph Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

St. James Hotel
330 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Troubadour
1111 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Windsor Court
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Omni Riverfront Hotel
701 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130

Delicious decisions are easily made at The American Sector Restaurant & Bar—the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, snacks, and spirits. With a comfortable setting, affordable fare, and a tempting array of appetizers, salads, soups, entrées, sides, and desserts to enjoy, this popular venue awaits you. Join us at the bar to sample a pre-meal craft cocktail or refreshing microbrew! The American Sector restaurant hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Brunch, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Happy Hour, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily.

Looking for breakfast, sandwiches, and cool treats? Check out our The Jeri Nims Soda Shop open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

I want to tour Normandy. What should I go see?

Please look into our D-Day Tours or find out more about other World War II travel packages.

With three hundred seventy-five miles of beaches, cliffs, farming villages and ports, Normandy is a contrasting landscape of ancient fortresses and castles, ruined monasteries, and rolling farmland replete with memories of World War II and scarred with evidence of the Allied D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. While there are many faces of Normandy, here are some basic suggestions for those travelers wishing to visit D-Day-related sites

Top Sites (from east to west):

Pegasus Bridge. Located on the Caen Canal, this key bridge was captured by British airborne troops in the early morning hours of D-Day, helping to secure the eastern flank of the invasion. Although the original bridge was taken down in 1994, a museum marks the site of this crucial coup de main operation.

“The Memorial and Museum of Peace.” Caen’s Battle of Normandy Museum offers guided tours of the landing beaches (British and American) along with a pass to the memorial. Caen is the site of the British breakout through German lines.

WWII Museum at Bayeux. While this town’s chief attraction is its 11th century tapestry honoring William the Conqueror’s victory at Hastings in 1066, the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie 1944 paints a vivid picture of the Allied invasion and campaign in Normandy.

Arromanches. See the remnants of Mulberry B, one of two huge artificial harbors the Allies towed to Normandy from England. The Museum here has a great model, showing how the structure worked.

Omaha Beach. One of two beaches attacked by American forces on D-Day (the other is Utah Beach). Located near the town of St. Laurent, Omaha Beach was the bloodiest of the D-Day beaches. You can still see remnants of one of the Mulberries, or artificial harbors, the Allies built to support the invasion.

American Military Cemetery at St. Laurent. Stretching across the bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, the rows of white marble crosses and stars commemorate the men who died fighting for the Allied victory in Normandy. A must see.

Pointe-du-Hoc. The elite US Rangers scaled this 40-meter high cliff between Omaha and Utah beaches to neutralize a dangerous German gun battery. Check out the cliffs, the ruins of German bunkers, the bomb craters, and see if they were successful.

St.-Lô. In the town where the Americans finally broke through the German lines, the Holy Cross Church is home to a memorial to Maj. Thomas Howie, who had vowed to be the first American in St.-Lô. He was killed shortly before his troops took the city.

Utah Beach. The area around Utah Beach contains monuments, abandoned tanks, and pillboxes— reminders of D-Day. The Musée du Débarquement, near La Madeleine, is located in a German bunker, and offers striking accounts of the battle for Normandy.

Ste-Mère-Eglise. In this town taken by the US Airborne on D-Day, the Musée des Troupes Aéroportées includes photos, a glider, and parachutes commemorating the morning of June 6, 1944 when American paratroopers dropped over the town to secure the western flank of the invasion.

Recommended Travel Books: 
The Visitor's Guide to Normandy Landing Beaches by Holt, Tonie and Valmai
AAA Essential Normandy: All You Need to Know by Nia Williams
Insight Compact Guide: Normandy by Manfred Braunger 
A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy by Carl Shilleto and Mike Tolhurst