The Laborde Services Gallery pays homage to the 16 million men and women who served in the US Armed Forces in World War II. In this second-floor gallery, located above Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience, all branches of the military are represented, with uniforms and stories from each one.
Interactive exhibits in Command Central highlight the roles of all the branches of the US Armed Forces and how they worked together to secure victory. Visitors can use touchscreen technology to explore major battles and campaigns, and to view maps, archival images and associated weaponry.
Voices of Courage
Hear the stories of life in World War II told by veterans themselves—focusing on the universal themes of Why We Fight, Experience of War, and Military Life. These personal accounts from the Museum’s expansive collection are inspirational, emotional, and sometimes even humorous. The words of these humble eyewitnesses to history make it clear to visitors that the war was fought by real men with faces and personalities—a lesson made even more poignant by the fact that so many did not get the chance to grow old and so many more have left us without sharing their experiences.
Made possible through a gift from Superior Energy Services
Medal of Honor
In a war where so many gave so much, and some gave all, the 473 Medal of Honor recipients hold our nation’s highest honor and esteem. The Medal of Honor exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to see the faces of these brave men, read about their actions, and even search for recipients by state, service branch, or theater of operation.
Made possible through a gift from the Goldring Family Foundation & The Woldenberg Foundation
US Freedom Pavilion
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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.
In a war where the terrain was as deadly as the enemy, this pavilion tells the story of American servicemembers abroad—and how they overcame unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts to win victory in World War II. In over 19,000 square feet of exhibit space, two extraordinary exhibitions bring visitors inside the epic story of the war in its most infamous settings, bringing to life jungles, beaches, mountains, and oceans in 19 immersive galleries.
The Solomon Victory Theater is home to Beyond All Boundaries, a 4D cinematic experience produced exclusively for The National WWII Museum by Tom Hanks—who narrates the film—and Phil Hettema.
The Hall of Democracy represents the center of the Museum’s expanding educational outreach initiatives—providing a space that will enable the institution to share its collections, oral histories, research, and expertise with audiences across the world.
In World War II—the war that changed the world—freedom hung in the balance. Americans answered the call to protect that freedom with 16 million men and women serving in uniform and an untold number of citizens of all ages doing their part on the Home Front. In US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, we honor their contributions.
The official Hotel of The National WWII Museum, this stunning art-deco style property offers first-class accommodations, meeting spaces, and dining options providing a sophisticated lodging experience for guests.
The John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion features glass exterior walls that allow the public a permanent, behind-the-scenes view of the restoration and preservation of priceless WWII artifacts. New to the pavilion is the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Innovation Gallery, which focuses on how problems were solved during World War II through ingenuity and innovation.
Founders Plaza creates an impressive entryway to the Museum campus, safe passage for Museum guests, and a pleasant setting for rest and reflection as part of the visitor experience.
The soaring Bollinger Canopy of Peace, set to stand 150 feet tall, will unify the Museum's diverse campus and establish the Museum as a fixture on the New Orleans skyline.
Three building levels will explore the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today.