National World War 2 Museum, New Orleans 2016The National WWII Museum, previously the National D-Day Museum, opened in 2000 on the 56th anniversary of D-Day. New Orleans was chosen for the location of the museum owing to the fact that the Higgins Landing Crafts were designed, engineered and built just feet away from the location of the museum.
Congress designated it the National WWII Museum in 2003. The museum has grown astoundingly since its inception, mainly from private donations of personal collections. Some key pieces were searched out and acquired to help round out the displays and collections.
The ArrivalI drove through the very confusing area of downtown New Orleans, and found parking across the street from the museum. As many of you know, I am REALLY into WW2 so this was a treat while I was in the area for a wedding.
The MuseumIt is a museum, some open display areas, some interactive displays, some themed timeline displays that draw you through them.
DisplaysI spent most of my time in the themed area of Europe, and all these items are original, real, and if one had access, functional.
SummaryIf you have any interest at all in the War, or in our armed forces, or the 1940s, this is a gluttonous wallowing in war history. Delightful and intensely filled with period equipment, a feast for the eyes, a celebration of our victory and a time when our country was the best it ever has been.
They are expanding constantly, adding two new buildings since I was there in 2016. It's an honor and monument to everyone who fought and those who died in the most destructive conflict in history. You should go, for the insight, the education, the orgy of original items. I almost wish I could rent a room there, but it seems a period-themed hotel has opened right next door now in the Higgins Hilton. Yes, I shall be going there and blogging about it in the near future.