Bucket List Trip: The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA
I have just returned from the National World War II Museum located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It did not disappoint!
‘Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world.’
The museum is truly an honor to the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom and will always remind future generations of the price paid.
In size, the museum campus covers six acres with five multi-level pavilions, a period dinner theater, and two lovely places to eat on site. For period actors, a specialty shop offers gorgeous era-style clothing and accessories.
Of course, my favorite exhibit in the museum was the Arsenal of Democracy collection — a home sweet home display. You’ll walk past the huge victory garden mural that was a proud example of using every inch of space available on a lot. Junior must have just come back from a scrap metal drive in the neighborhood. His wagon sits near the front door loaded with much needed steel, aluminum and paper ready to turn in. The kitchen welcomes you inside with bright and happy appliances from the era. “We had that sink! We had that stove!”
In the living room you’ll come upon a scene of a quiet evening at home listening to the radio and gazing upon photos of those serving in the war, hoping all are safe and will be home soon.
Turning the corner out of the living room brings you to work. And lots of it! The displays of U.S. manufacturing efforts are incredible. Hello, Rosie!
Must See: Beyond All Boundaries 4-D movie. There is no way to describe just how good this movie experience is. Hint: Sit in the first five rows for optimal viewing.
And my trip is not over yet! The museum’s digital collections allow anyone with an internet connection to explore personal stories and photos.