Recently for Father`s day we made a family trip to the D-Day museum and brought along Eric`s grandmother who actually made a donation to the museum when they were in the process of getting donations and opening. Although we didn`t see the letter she had donated on display at this time, we did receive a number to call to find out when it may be on display and we intend to return again to go see it once it`s been put out.
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opened on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum. Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world â€” why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today â€” so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Designated by Congress in 2003 as the Americaâ€™s National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the â€œGreatest Generationâ€ comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; and the American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop â€” delicious onsite dining options by Chef John Besh. Upon entering the museum you are greeted by someone to direct you where to go to purchase tickets for the museum. To the left you see large war craft planes hanging and tanks that were used during the war -- at least replicas I should say. To the right they have a long line up of wheel chairs for those who have trouble walking. Unfortunately though they do not offer any power chairs. Eric`s grandmother would have preferred a power chair as she refuses to use an actual wheel chair. So instead she walked the museum and made frequent stops to rest -- which they do offer plenty of benches throughout the walk.
When touring the museum you have the option of taking the stairs or the elevator throughout all 3 stories of the museum. Each level is broken off into exhibits from various parts of the war. You will find authentic artifacts, movie clips, as well as sound clips from actual war veterans sharing their own experience and part in the war. Have any questions? Want to know more? Ask one of their knowledgeable staff members! They are all well informed. Plus from time to time they have a section when you first enter the museum to "ask a veteran" which is pretty neat. The person who sits at that table is a real live war veteran, usually dressed in a uniform. I really love the idea of them offering this. I especially know other veterans appreciate the opportunity to speak to their fellow brothers and sisters from war.
When you are done viewing the museum they also have a theater you can purchase tickets to go view a film. We did not participate in this so I cannot tell you how that was. They also offer a small gift shop if you would like to bring home your own memorabilia from your trip. Hungry or thirsty? Next to the gift shop is a Soda shop. I wish they would offer the "old school" soda`s such as cherry cokes and such, but they simply offer cold beverages and typical quick meals such as burgers, fries, ice cream, etc.
While the museum is not exactly cheap, it`s not overly priced. It has a great display with 1,000s of items to look at. Flash photography is not allowed because a camera flash could actually ruin preserved items in the long run so if you want to take photos turn the flash off. If you`re making a trip to New Orleans, I definitely think you should come view a piece of history, especially if you`re a veteran, know one, or just love history and museums in general. **This is a review I did on my own and was not compensated in any way for it. I had to pay out of pocket for the museum visit.