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Field Trips

Plan Your Field Trip Today!

PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP TODAY!

The National WWII Museum offers an exciting, educational experience for students and teachers alike. One adult chaperone per every 10 students is required for all student groups. Please read the following information and then contact our Sales office by calling 504-528-1944 x 222 or emailing group.sales@nationalww2museum.org.

The Education Department at The National WWII Museum helps you explore the history and lessons of World War II. Museum field trips incorporate object-based learning, educational technology, and world-class exhibits. The Museum’s rich collection of artifacts, archives, and oral histories take history beyond the textbook and into the hands of curious students.

2022–2023 Title One Funding for Louisiana Public Schools

  • Available for self-guided & specialized student group experiences
  • 60 students/six chaperones maximum per school request
  • Based on availability on a first come first serve basis, contact our Sales office

Contact us at 504-528-1944 x 222 or group.sales@nationalww2museum.org

Field Trip Options

Self-Guided Tour

If your group has more than 60 students, or if you do not want a specialized educational experience, student field trip groups may explore the Museum on their own with a self-guided experience. Please download and print out the Campaigns of Courage Recon Mission worksheets to use while exploring The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport McMoran Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries. Also, download and print the Arsenal of Democracy Gallery Exploration worksheet to use while exploring The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front.

Specialized Student Group Experience

EdConnect Sessions

2022–2023 EdConnect Sessions

EdConnect is a 45-minute educator-led interaction for groups of students in 5th to 12th grade. It can be added to a self-guided tour of the Museum at no additional cost. All sessions are subject to availability and are offered at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays by advance reservation only. There is a maximum of 60 students per session (with designated chaperones). The topic must be chosen when booking your visit. It is possible for some sessions to be presented to additional grade levels if notified at booking.

All EdConnect sessions foster a variety of skills and practices that correlate to the 2022 K–12 Louisiana Student Standards for Social Studies:

6-8./9-12.SP1.

Examine sources in order to:

A. distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources B. determine the origin, author’s point of view, intended audience, and reliability C. explain the meaning of words, phrases, and content-specific vocabulary

6-8./9-12.SP2.

Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:

A. analyze social studies content B. evaluate claims, counterclaims, and evidence C. compare and contrast multiple sources and accounts D. distinguish between historical facts and historical interpretations

6-8./9-12.SP3.

Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, social studies content knowledge, and clear reasoning and explanations to:

A. demonstrate an understanding of social studies content B. compare and contrast content and viewpoints C. analyze causes and effects D. explain counterclaims

The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II

There are three options for this session.

  1. Numbers and Letters: Students discover the magnitude of Louisiana’s involvement in the Allied war effort and learn about some of the people who contributed to victory on the battlefield and on the Home Front.
  2. Louisiana Helps Win the War: Students examine the state’s defense industries and learn how Louisiana helped to win the war.
  3. Just Picture It: Students explore military training in Louisiana through visual sources.

Grade: 8

Additional Louisiana State Standards:

8.14 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

J. Explain the sacrifices and contributions of US soldiers during World War II such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the 101st Airborne, Cajun “Frenchies,” the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), and the Navajo Code Talkers.

K. Analyze how Louisiana contributed to the war effort during World War II and the effects of the war on Louisiana, including the role of the Louisiana Maneuvers, Higgins Boats in the success of the Allies, and prisoner of war (POW) camps in Louisiana.

Operation Footlocker

This session offers students the opportunity to learn more about World War II through a hands-on exploration of primary source artifacts.

Grades: 8–12

Additional Louisiana State Standards:

8.14 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

L. Explain how life in the United States changed during and immediately after World War II, with an emphasis on wartime production and the workforce, rationing, conservation, victory gardens, financing through war bonds, propaganda campaigns, and the Servicemen's Readjustment Act (GI Bill).

US.15 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

F. Explain how the U.S. government managed the war effort on the home front, including campaigns to conserve food and fuel, sale of war bonds, and coordination of wartime production.

What Did We Know? US Newspapers and the Holocaust

Students examine US newspapers from the World War II-era to better understand American responses to the Holocaust.

Grades: 8–12

Additional Louisiana State Standards:

8.14 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

G. Explain the causes and consequences of the Holocaust, including antisemitism, Nuremberg Laws restricting civil rights, resistance efforts, experiences of people including Anne Frank, concentration camp system, liberation of camps by the Allies, and Nuremberg trials.

US.15 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

K. Analyze the Holocaust, including the suspension of basic civil rights by the Third Reich, concentration camp system, antisemitism, persecution of Jews and non-Jews, Jewish and non-Jewish resistance, the role played by the United States in liberating Nazi concentration camps, immigration of Holocaust survivors, and the Nuremberg trials.

See You Next Year! High School Yearbooks from WWII

There are 2 options for this session.

  1. Honor Roll: Students compare and contrast the ways in which schools presented the service and sacrifice of alumni.
  2. Society’s Struggles: Students examine selected yearbooks to better understand attitudes towards race and gender during WWII.

Grades: 9–12

Additional Louisiana State Standards:

US.15 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

D. Describe the sacrifices and contributions of American service members in the war effort including the Tuskegee Airmen, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat team, the 101st Airborne, Women's Army Corps (WAC), Navajo Code Talkers, and the Army Signal Corps.

F. Explain how the U.S. government managed the war effort on the home front, including campaigns to conserve food and fuel, sale of war bonds, and coordination of wartime production.

Sowing Seeds for Victory

Students learn about Victory Gardens and other ways that young people contributed to the war effort. They will plant vegetables that they get to take home to start their own gardens.

Grades: 4–12

Additional Louisiana State Standards:

8.14 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

L. Explain how life in the United States changed during and immediately after World War II, with an emphasis on wartime production and the workforce, rationing, conservation, victory gardens, financing through war bonds, propaganda campaigns, and the Servicemen's Readjustment Act (GI Bill).

US.15 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of World War II.

F. Explain how the U.S. government managed the war effort on the home front, including campaigns to conserve food and fuel, sale of war bonds, and coordination of wartime production.

Specialized Student Group Experience

STEM

Fall 2022 STEM Field Trips

The National WWII Museum offers STEM field trips specially designed for science and engineering students. The museum firmly believes the story of World War II must include the story of the STEM professionals and the innovations that they made possible during the war. Each of the educator STEM field trip options relates to a Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS). These experiences can be added to a self-guided tour of the Museum at no additional cost. Chaperones are required to be present during the field trips at a minimum ratio of one chaperone to 10 students.

Forces of Flight

Grades: 3rd–5th

Max Number of Students: 30

NGSS Standards: 3-PS2-1, 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Program Length: 50 minutes

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m.

Location: Hall of Democracy Auditorium and US Freedom Pavilion: Boeing Center

In this educator-led program, students will learn about the forces that enable airplanes to fly. Students will learn about innovations of flight during World War II and participate in two design challenges related to flight and the engineering design process. Students will end the session with a tour of the aircraft the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Synthetic Materials

Grades: 6th–8th

Max Number of Students: 30

NGSS Standards: MS-PS1-2, MS-PS1-3

Program Length: 50 minutes

Days Offered: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m.

Location: Louisiana Memorial Pavilion’s 3rd-floor classroom

In this classroom-based program, students will explore some of the synthetic materials developed during World War II and how synthetic polymers impact our lives today. Students will work in groups to make and explore their own plastic-like polymer out of milk and vinegar.

Specialized Student Group Experiences

Performance Opportunities

We are excited to offer school groups the opportunity to perform here at the Museum. Admission must be purchased for a school band or choral group to perform. Groups must perform upon arrival. Performances will be held outdoors on Museum campus subject to weather. The Museum has ongoing construction through 2024.

This may be arranged through Group Sales at 504-528-1944 x 222 or group.sales@nationalww2museum.org.

2022–2023 PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES

  • The Museum will allow a maximum of 75 student performers.
  • Performance time is limited to 30 minutes.
  • No amplification or instruments requiring power are allowed.
  • All performances to occur only on weekdays throughout March–May.
  • The Museum is not a performance venue; however, we do welcome performance groups to perform outside on Founder’s Plaza.
  • The Museum does not have space for instrument storage or for groups to change clothes before or after performing.
  • All performances are open to the public and will be held outdoors on the Museum’s campus, subject to weather.
  • Chairs provided upon request.
  • Flag bearers/baton majorettes may not perform.
  • 1940s, swing, and/or patriotic music is preferred.

GROUP DINING OPTIONS

 

Group Dining:

Catered group box lunches are available for purchase for dine in or to go. Please notify our Group Sales team when you book your field trip. Minimum order of 10 or more required. Please contact 504-528-1944 x 222.

On-campus dining options available for individual purchase:

The American Sector Restaurant & Bar: Open daily, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy victory with every bite with our victory garden-to-table menu for lunch. Full service restaurant & bar.

Jeri Nims Soda Shop: Open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Casual counter service. Stop in at any point during your visit for breakfast, a quick sandwich, or a sweet treat!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN SECTOR RESTAURANT & BAR


Details

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Scheduling a Group

Please contact Group Sales to schedule your visit at least one week in advance to determine if desired visit date and arrival time is available. Peak months for groups are March, April, and May. For tour groups, the Museum offers complimentary admission for tour escort and driver. Youth groups are required to have one chaperone for every 10 kids.

We suggest a minimum of three hours to view Museum galleries. Groups may also view the 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries, and perform as crew members in Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience by additional fee subject to availability. Group Sales will also be happy to assist you with BB's Stage Door Canteen group reservations and/or group lunch and dinner options at the Museum.

To plan your group visit or for more information, please call 504-528-1944 x 222 (toll free 1-877-813-3329 x 222) or email group.sales@nationalww2museum.org.

Hours and Accessibility

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

Beyond All Boundaries at The Solomon Victory Theater
Sunday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Showtimes on the hour

Final Mission: USS Tang Experience
Sunday – Saturday: 11:15 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Show times at 15 and 35 after the hour

The American Sector Restaurant + Bar
Sunday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jeri Nims Soda Shop
Sunday– Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All venues are closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Accessibility 
The Museum is fully  ADA accessible to all visitors. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided for use in the Museum at no charge.

Payment and Cancellation

Payment is required 72 hours in advance of arrival. There should be one designated group leader to process payment for the group before arrival and for check in at the Museum’s ticket counter for the day of the visit. The Museum does not provide direct billing or receive purchase orders for payment. Payment for group meals should be handled by American Sector Catering prior to arrival.

Please notify us as soon as possible in writing to cancel an existing group reservation. Group visit cancellations within 72 hours of the group arrival are nonrefundable.

Parking and Directions

The Museum provides an unloading/loading zone only for buses along Magazine Street (GPS address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130). Museum staff will issue the bus driver a parking pass for complimentary parking two blocks down Magazine Street under the I-10 overpass. Buses are not allowed to unload/load on Andrew Higgins Drive in front of the Museum due to safety hazards. Paid car parking is available in Museum ‘s parking garage located at 1024 Magazine Street.

Directions

OUR CAMPUS

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

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Group Visits

The Museum provides one of the most unique group experiences available. Group rates offered for 10 or more guests. 

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