945 Magazine St., New Orleans (Entrance on Andrew Higgins Dr.), Louisiana
Opened June 6, 2000, to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that liberated Europe, this one-of-a-kind museum—designated by Congress as the country’s official World War II Museum—celebrates the spirit of the men and women who sacrificed and persevered to win World War II in Europe and the Pacific. Founded by the late author Stephen Ambrose, who taught history at the University of New Orleans, it is the only museum in the United States to cover all of the amphibious invasions of World War II. It is located in New Orleans because it was here that Andrew Higgins designed and built more than 20,000 landing crafts used by the Allies that helped win the war.
Located in the city’s growing downtown arts district, the multistory museum tells the story of The War That Changed the World—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. The gallery showcases powerful oral histories, never-before-seen film footage, frontline artifacts, and photographs of the home front and battlefront. Within the complex the Malcolm Forbes Theater features two films: D-Day Remembered and Price for Peace.
Open daily Oct. – June; closed Mon., major winter holidays. Admission charged.