The National WWII Museum’s young professional group is focused on cultivating the Museum’s next generation of support through education, engagement, and networking.
Get the inside track!
The Young Benefactors gathers young professionals ages 21 – 45 for exclusive networking, educational, and social events connected to The National WWII Museum – one of the best museums in the world! Joining the Young Benefactors is an excellent way to engage with New Orleans’s thriving professional scene and access an insider track to our growing institution.
- A season filled with exclusive events including guided tours of special exhibits and new Museum additions as the campus expands!
- Young Benefactor Museum Membership – FREE admission to the Museum from July 2019 to June 2020
- Discounted tickets for Museum special events, including Victory Ball, Drafts for Crafts, and American Spirit Awards
- Frontline news of Museum activities through speakers, curators, and historians
- Chance to meet, mingle, and network with young professionals of New Orleans
- Opportunity to assist in planning for Drafts for Crafts, the main cultivation event for the Young Benefactors
By joining Young Benefactors, you commit to purchasing a ticket to the group’s main cultivation event, Drafts for Crafts. You must be 21 or older to join.
Calendar of Events for the 2019–2020 Season: Members Only!
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Behind the Scenes Tour—New Museum Construction
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The American Sector Restaurant & Bar, Hall of Democracy, and Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
Welcome to the opening event of the 2019–2020 Young Benefactor season. Join us as we go behind the scenes to explore the new construction projects on our campus. This exclusive tour will guide the group around the new Hall of Democracy and under the Bollinger Canopy of Peace, showcasing construction progress toward the completion of our Campus! We will begin with a brief meet-and-greet cocktail gathering in The American Sector Restaurant & Bar, with the tour beginning at 6:00 p.m.
October 2019 (exact date TBA)
Oktoberfest with Prelude
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Founders Plaza
We are excited to join ranks with Prelude, the young professionals who support the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Stop by Founders Plaza for a beer and some mingling. We will feature live entertainment, and the galleries in the Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters pavilion will be open for a casual walk-through experience.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Discover the Hall of Democracy and Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann Special Exhibit, followed by Holiday Cocktails at Rosie’s on the Roof
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Democracy, Rosie’s on the Roof
Join us for an exclusive introduction to the new Hall of Democracy and a tour of our latest traveling special exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann. After the tour, we will take a short walk over to the new Higgins Hotel & Conference Center for holiday cocktails at Rosie’s on the Roof.
January 2020 (exact date TBA)
Details to come!
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Pre-Drafts Party at PT-305
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeshore Landing on Lake Pontchartrain (6705 Stars and Stripes Boulevard)
Join us on the lake for a little reminder of past successes! We will gather once again around PT-305, our fully restored macro-artifact from the first years of our Drafts for Crafts fundraiser, for a tour and a toast. This is also your chance to help us prepare for the next Drafts for Crafts by sampling wine and buying bottles for our annual raffle. Martin Wine Cellar will be on-site, and we will provide any other info you may need for the big event!
Friday, March 20, 2020
Drafts for Crafts
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Founders Plaza, and Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground
As a Young Benefactor, you are committed to purchasing one ticket to our marquis event!
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Fire Truck Celebration at NOLA Brewery!
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: NOLA Brewery Tap Room (3001 Tchoupitoulas Street)
Drafts for Crafts beer sponsor NOLA Brewery will host a Young Benefactors celebration of the full restoration of the 1943 Ford-American LaFrance Fire Truck. A select group of Drafts for Crafts sponsors will have the opportunity to ride on the truck from Founders Plaza to meet the full Young Benefactors group at the NOLA Brewery Tap Room. This celebration will surely fuel the fire of Young Benefactors membership and will be a great opportunity for the group to discuss the previous Drafts for Crafts event.