Press Releases

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    The National WWII Museum Breaks Ground on Bollinger Canopy of Peace

    03/28/2018

    The National WWII Museum’s Bollinger Canopy of Peace will soon take its place as a new landmark on the New Orleans skyline. The iconic architectural structure, scheduled for completion in 2018, will rise 148 feet above the center of the institution’s campus. The Canopy—a steel lattice framework supporting Teflon-coated fiberglass panels—will be 482 feet long and 134 feet wide, held aloft by four steel legs anchored in more than 1,260 cubic yards of concrete.

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    The National WWII Museum Sets Visitation Records

    01/04/2018

    The National WWII Museum ended 2017 by smashing previous visitation records. In 2017, the institution welcomed 706,664 visitors – the most in a single calendar year since opening its doors in 2000. Additionally, on  broke its single-day attendance record by welcoming 6,642 guests. The previous single-day record of 5,553 was set in 2016.

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    The National WWII Museum Breaks Ground on The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

    12/08/2017

    The National WWII Museum and its Board of Trustees officially broke ground  on The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. The 230-room Hotel, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will operate as part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands. The first Curio Collection hotel in Louisiana, the property will support the Museum’s expanding educational programs while offering guests the unique experience of full-service hotel accommodations with a convenient way to maximize their time at the Museum.

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    The National WWII Museum Named No. 2 Museum in the World, No. 2 in the United States in 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

    09/19/2017

    The National WWII Museum today announced it has been recognized as a winner in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for museums, ranking  No.2 in the world and No.2 in the nation – up from No.11 in world and No.4 in the nation last year. Other winners include The Metropolitan Museum of Art (No.1 in the nation), Art Institute of Chicago (No.3 in the nation), The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (No.4 in the nation) and USS Midway Museum (No.5 in the nation).

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    The National WWII Museum Offers Half-Price Museum Admission to Louisiana Residents During the Month of September

    08/15/2017

    For the third consecutive year, The National WWII Museum is showing its appreciation to local supporters by offering discounted admission to Louisiana residents. During the entire month of September, locals will have the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and galleries for only half the price of regular Museum admission, including the newly opened special exhibit The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II, which offers a deep dive into the contributions of Louisianans to the Allied victory, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front.

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    The National WWII Museum Presents Inaugural Ration Wars

    08/10/2017

    On August 19, The National WWII Museum will present the first ever Ration Wars – a fast-paced, “Iron Chef” style, WWII-themed cooking competition. Cohosted by New Orleans food critic Ian McNulty and “Chopped Teen” season three champion Eliana de Las Casas, the competition will feature a clash of two local New Orleans chefs: Neal Swidler, Executive Chef at Broussard’s and Natasha Clement, Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” 2016 winner.

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    The National WWII Museum Announces Thirteen New Board Trustees

    08/08/2017

    The National WWII Museum today announced the appointment of thirteen new members to the institution’s Board of Trustees. The new Museum Trustees hail from states across the nation, including Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Nevada and Washington. The newly elected Trustees also include Andre Villeneuve, who resides in London, which makes him the first person from outside of the United States to be elected to the Museum’s Board.

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    The National WWII Museum to Unveil The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II

    07/19/2017

    On July 21, 2017, The National WWII Museum will unveil a new special exhibit called The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II. Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation, the exhibit will feature artifacts, photographs, oral histories and associated educational programming to highlight Louisiana’s extraordinary contributions toward America achieving victory in World War II.

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    The National WWII Museum Presents New Permanent Exhibit The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front

    06/10/2017

    On June 10, 2017, The National WWII Museum will open its newest permanent exhibit—The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front. Located on the second floor of the Museum’s original Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, the exhibit will tell the story of the road to war and the Home Front, including the political discord of the prewar years, the terror of the Pearl Harbor attacks, the massive mobilization in personnel and manufacturing, and the experience of ordinary Americans. Visitors will find themselves inside the story through nine immersive galleries, which re-create a newsstand, factory floor, 1940s home and more as the evocative backdrop for artifacts, digital interactives and personal narratives.

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    The National WWII Museum Announces Senior Leadership Succession Plan

    05/30/2017

    The National WWII Museum today announced that Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD, will step down as president and CEO of the institution effective June 30, 2017, moving into a part-time role as president and CEO emeritus. The Museum’s national Board of Trustees has appointed Stephen Watson, longtime executive vice president and COO, as Mueller’s successor.

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