A key architectural feature that unites the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion with the Solomon Victory Theater complex, the Horatio Alger Association American Spirit Bridge, dedicated in January 2017, symbolizes US troops’ journey across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to battle and staging zones. The exterior design of the bridge reflects the architecture of the surrounding pavilions, which represents the chaos of war with its gray, trapezoidal panels and obtuse and acute structural angles. Additionally, the design of the bridge’s interior recalls the look of a troopship, allowing the Museum to continue to immerse the visitor in the WWII experience. In addition to spanning Andrew Higgins Boulevard to link the two sides of the Museum campus, the bridge also plays a key role in the Museum’s WWII narrative for visitors, which begins in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion at the Union Pacific Foundation Train Car and moves on to The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front. The soundscape heard as visitors travel across the bridge from the pavilion to the Solomon Victory Theater complex is a prelude to the Ralph E. Crump, LTJG, USNR, US Merchant Marine Gallery, which explores how the matériel manufactured on the Home Front traveled to the far-flung theaters of war, which visitors experience in Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters. Visitors are then introduced to Beyond All Boundaries, the exclusive 4D experience that tells the epic story of World War II, followed by the 1940s-era entertainment in BB’s Stage Door Canteen, the warbirds of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, and more.
The Horatio Alger Association American Spirit Bridge also represents the connection the association shares with the Museum—working to celebrate the American spirit, and honor individuals for their bravery and determination.
Future exterior projects on the Museum's campus will include the Bollinger Canopy of Peace, an architectural structure that will rise 150 feet above Founders Plaza and span the entire campus. Construction on the Canopy will begin in 2017 and conclude in 2018.