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What time does the World War II museum open?

19 September 2006

The National World War II Museum, formerly known as the National D-Day Museum, is a museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, at the corner of Andrew Higgins and Magazine Street. It focuses on the United States contribution to victory in World War II, and the Battle of Normandy in particular. It has been designated by the U.S. Congress as “America’s National World War II Museum”.

Some have wondered why the National World War II Museum is in New Orleans, a city known for other tourism sites but which many do not associate with military history. The main reason is that the city was where the “Higgins Boats” vital to D-Day were designed, built, and tested. The museum gives extensive coverage of the landing craft used in the invasion of Normandy, which were designed by Andrew Higgins of Louisiana and produced in New Orleans by Higgins Industries and licensees. Additionally, New Orleans was the home city of historian Stephen Ambrose who did much work to lobby for the building of such a museum and raising funds for it.

The Museum closed for three months after Hurricane Katrina, and re-opened on December 3, 2005. This re-opening was advertised by a Museum banner proclaiming “We Have Returned” with the classic World War II photograph of Gen. Douglas MacArthur striding through the surf.

Since Katina, the museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday. It is a must see when you are here.

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One Response to “What time does the World War II museum open?”

  1. Liz Says:

    I understand that the museum was open on Sunday and only closed on Monday – so now it is closed on Sunday as well as Monday.

    Dr Know, thanks for the update.