Louisiana Memorial Pavilion Museum Main Entrance

Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

At The National WWII Museum

Overview

The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion exhibits take visitors into the monumental efforts on the Home Front and to the beaches of Normandy—focusing on the thousands of men and women who made Allied victory in World War II possible. 

Located on the second level of Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, the Museum's newest permanent exhibit, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front, tells the story of the road to war and the indelible contributions from the Home Front. The Museum's original exhibit, The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, opened in 2000 and is available for visitors on the Pavilion's third level.

Atrium

Visitors enter the original Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, which features essential tools of the war effort, including the LCVP or “Higgins boat,” the famed D-Day landing craft showcased in the film Saving Private Ryan. More than 20,000 boats were designed and built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans and used in all major amphibious landings of the war. In an interview with Museum founder Stephen Ambrose, Dwight Eisenhower credited these boats with playing a central role in Allied victory. The Museum was established in New Orleans because of Ambrose and this historic connection. Other iconic artifacts exhibited by the Museum include Sherman and Stuart tanks, jeeps, a halftrack and a restored C-47 aircraft that dropped paratroopers over the fields of Normandy and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

Exhibit

The Arsenal of Democracy

Opened June 2017 in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front tells the story of the road to war and the Home Front, drawing on personal narratives and evocative artifacts to highlight facets of WWII-era American life through an experiential narrative.

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Exhibit

The D-Day Invasion of Normandy

The Museum's original exhibit, located on the third floor of Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, helps you understand what the Allies faced in Normandy, from the comprehensive preparations beforehand to the daunting challenges once troops landed on Normandy beaches.

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Exhibit

Bayou to Battlefield: Higgins Industries during World War II

A new permanent exhibit celebrating Higgins Industries and its charismatic leader, Andrew Jackson Higgins.

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The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery

The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that draw on the Museum’s own collections, as well as relevant traveling exhibits from leading institutions around the world.

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The National WWII Museum

Museum Campus

Building Location

Louisiana Memorial Pavilion