National WWII Museum New Orleans

We visited the National World War II Museum prior to boarding our cruise on Saturday, Jan 10, 2020.  The cruise was planned before even thinking about the museum as on option.  Our few hours there Saturday morning did not do it justice and it is definitely a trip in itself that I must come back to visit and spend more time here.

The Museum is just AMAZING!  it deserves more than the few hours we had.  I would say at least 2 days to really take it all in.  Such a pivotal event in the history of our world and the museum does an incredible job of telling the story of the United States participation and experience in winning this war.

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. 

The museum is rated by TripAdvisor as:

#1 Attraction in New Orleans
#3 Museum in the USA
#8 Museum in the World

 

The Road to Tokyo

Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries retraces the grueling trail that led from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay by way of New Guinea and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Burma, the islands of the Pacific, China, India, and Alaska. Exhibits explore the evolving strategy for fighting relentless Japanese forces in Asia and the Pacific, examining cultural differences, logistical challenges, and the staggering range of extreme conditions that confronted American military forces.

The Road to Berlin

The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries brings to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America’s campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. From faltering first battles in North Africa to the bloody struggle at Germany's doorstep, the immersive galleries in Road to Berlin recreate actual battle settings and villages—with crumbling walls, bomb-torn rooftops, icy pathways, and a chillingly realistic soundscape—as the evocative backdrop for period newsreels, video histories, interactive kiosks, macro-artifacts, and digital displays dive deeper into the story. The result is a richly layered, multimedia experience that invites exploration and connection. Visitors are able to walk in the shadow of Normandy's brutally dense hedgerows and imagine the challenges that followed D-Day; attend a mission briefing with the Bomber Boys and gain perspective inside America's all-important air strategy; and see personal artifacts—cigarette boxes, photographs—scattered over real Normandy sand, providing a touching perspective on the human cost of the war.