Since its opening day on D-Day -- June 6, 2000, nearly two-million visitors have toured the National World War II Museum. A must-see for history lovers and all patriots, it has been designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official World War II Museum. Powerful images and extraordinary artifacts bring to life the American Spirit, the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the young men and women who won the war and changed the world. From the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands, visitors trace America's role in the war and on the Home Front.
The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion houses The Train Car Experience, an immersive exhibit which allows guests to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of going off to war. From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima, the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion gallery and exhibits tell the stories of dozens of amphibious landings and thousands of men and women who made the Allied victory in World War II possible. The museum's pavilion atrium includes a reproduction of the LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) or Higgins boat that carried thousands of Allied soldiers to the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944 and a soaring Douglas C-47 aircraft.
The Victory Solomon Theater Pavilion houses the 4-D Solomon Victory Theater, featuring the exclusive cinematic experience from producer Tom Hanks, Beyond All Boundaries;; the Stage Door Canteen, a unique entertainment venue that showcases the music of the war years as sung by The Victory Belles and The American Sector restaurant.
Additional exhibit pavilions include:
- The John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion: Visitors can see first-hand the work it takes to preserve and restore some of the treasures of WWII,. including a Higgins Industries PT Boat that served in the Mediterranean.
- U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center: includes galleries and exhibits that showcases vintage aircraft, tanks, personnel carriers, and Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience. Tribute is paid to WWII Medal of Honor recipients and the 16 million Americans who served in the war, including those who worked for victory on the Home Front.
- Campaigns Pavilion: Assembled for the first time in one space is the epic story of America’s citizen soldiers on the battlefields. Covering warfronts from North Africa to the South Pacific to the heart of Germany, Campaigns of Courage will employ digital technology, personal stories, iconic artifacts and immersive environments to explore how average Americans rose to vanquish their foes in the most important event of the 20th century. Opening December 2014, "Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries" will present the larger context of the European Front, detailing what preceded and followed the climactic D-Day landing at Normandy. The second exhibit, "Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries," will open in fall 2015.
- Liberation Pavilion: Spanning the closing of the war and the immediate postwar years this pavilion will features exhibits that illustrate the human cost of the war, as well as the triumph of freedom and democracy over tyranny. It will includes an Anne Frank Exhibit, a Concentration Camps Gallery, Liberation Theater and the "Fruits of Victory" Gallery.
On the original grounds of the museum, there is The Soda Shop and an inviting museum store with unique collectibles.
The museum is available for group visits and for rental for large parties and corporate events.