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Top 10 Things to Do in New Orleans

The National WWII Museum

Looking for the top 10 things to do in New Orleans as you plan your trip? TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice has ranked The National WWII Museum the #1 best thing to do in New Orleans and the #2 Museum in the world!

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.


Top things to do on a NOLA visit. Very well done. Movie clips, audio interviews, memorabilia, planes, jeeps, lots to see. Really takes a full day, (we) were there four hours and still missed a lot of it.

- Wendimere R., Orlando, FL

World class amazing museum

Definitely add on the movie of Beyond All Boundaries. We loved every minute of it. We spent a total of about 4 hours in the museum and still didn't make it to many exhibits. Highly recommend a full day to enjoy if you're into history. Everything about this museum is top notch! Must see!

-TexasBlues1, Austin, TX

Unexpected gem

A truly first class museum which we didn’t expect in New Orleans. Excellent exhibits, interactive and imaginative presentation. Should be near the top of any to do list of things to do in the city. On a par with the best of similar museums anywhere.

- Aidan P., Stafford, United Kingdom

Learn something new here

A friend told me to go here and spend a day. Unfortunately, I was less than 75% of the way through when the 8 hour day ended. I've been to hundreds of museums, including near all those in DC, and found this one to clearly rank in my Top 10, if not #1. It was orderly in its layout, the signage was enough to give you the overall feeling of the scene being portrayed, the staff was very friendly, all was clean and up to date, and proper reverence was given at the right times/places…

- Doug S., Cincinnati, OH

WWII Museum in New Orleans

We had planned to spend a couple of hours here as we just stumbled on this flicking through the what to do in New Orleans. In the top 10 of museums in USA!

Well we ended up there for 6 hours, including lunch.

The staff were so friendly as were the many volunteers. The food was very nice, with a great choice.

But, the museum was unbelievable, moving and real.

The different settings for each theatre of war was amazing.

Just a must do to understand what this world may have ended up if ordinary people from all walks of life from many countries and backgrounds stopped the fanatics.

Put this on your No. 1 things to do in New Orleans.

- SJulian2016, Sydney, Australia

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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  • Directions

    The Museum is located in New Orleans’s Historic Warehouse District on Andrew Higgins Drive between Magazine and Camp Streets. Parking is ...
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  • Parking

    The Museum's paid parking garage located at 1024 Magazine Street. This portion of Magazine Street is a one-way, and the garage is located on the left side. If full, there are several paid lots in the neighborhood not owned by the Museum with varying fees.

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