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The National WWII Museum

Looking for things to do in New Orleans as you plan your trip? Don’t miss the #1 New Orleans attraction according to TripAdvisor: The National WWII Museum!

The Museum—designated by Congress as America’s official WWII Museum—features a rich collection of artifacts that brings history to life. Conveniently located in the Warehouse District near the French Quarter, Convention Center, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, cruise ship terminals, and all major New Orleans hotels, this world-renowned history museum is designed to inspire visitors of all ages with the lessons of World War II and the stories of heroism, tragedy, and liberation. From D-Day galleries to the 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries, from the soaring US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center to the immersive Campaigns of Courage, The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.

The Museum offers plenty of things to do with kids. Our recently reopened John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion gives an up-close view of macro-artifacts and interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities for families. Additionally, Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience places visitors aboard the most successful submarine in World War II.

There are two great restaurants on the Museum campus: The American Sector Restaurant + Bar offers a unique garden-to-table menu, featuring local vegetables and herbs, as well as hand-selected meats and seafood from local and artisanal producers. Or, stop in at the Jeri Nims Soda Shop for breakfast, a quick sandwich, or a sweet treat!

The National WWII Museum's exhibits cover the epic and global scale of World War II, in a voice that is intimate and personal. Discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the WWII generation in thought-provoking exhibits—including our newest exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front—and explore the American experience in World War II.

Book your tickets online now to spend the day at one of the best things to do in New Orleans!


According to TripAdvisor, The National WWII Museum ranks as:

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  • #1 attraction in New Orleans
  • #2 museum in the United States
  • #2 museum in the world

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Hours and Information

Museum Exhibits and Museum Store
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Beyond All Boundaries
Sunday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Showtimes on the hour.

Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience
Sunday–Thursday, 9:35 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9:35 a.m. – 5:35 p.m.
Showtimes at 15, 35, and 55 minutes after the hour.

The American Sector Restaurant + Bar
Sunday–Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Thursday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Happy Hour, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Jeri Nims Soda Shop
Open daily
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adult $27
Senior (65+) $23.50
Student $17.50
Military (With ID) $17.50
WWII Veterans FREE
Beyond All Boundaries $6
Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience $6
Second-Day Pass $6
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  • Museum Campus Guide

    Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a seven-acre campus, where seven soaring pavilions house immersive historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants.

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  • Exhibits

    Housed in four buildings, each arranged around central themes of the war, Museum exhibits offer visitors an opportunity to experience the war through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. Interactive features, oral histories, and personal vignettes add a meaningful perspective. 

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