National World War II Museum

National World War II Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

1. New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans, where 5 soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. Purchase your timed tickets in advance to secure your desired entry or movie time. Housed in 5 buildings, the museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion features the “D-Day Invasion of Normandy” exhibit and an exhibit telling the story of the war experienced on the Home Front.  The "Campaigns of Courage" area features the “Road to Tokyo” exhibit, which retraces the grueling trail from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo. It also houses the “Road to Berlin” exhibit, recreating actual battle settings and villages as America campaigned to defeat the Axis powers. A two-hour guided tour of these two exhibits, led by an expert docent, is also available to book as an option. The U.S. Freedom Pavilion features actual WW2 airplanes restored to their wartime glory, including the B-17E Flying Fortress, as well as wartime tanks and trucks. Liberation Pavilion, which opens in 2022, will explore the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today.  In the Solomon Victory Theatre, you will be able to see, hear and feel the epic story of World War II in the exclusive 4D experience “Beyond All Boundaries”, narrated by Tom Hanks. This movie experience requires the purchase of the option which includes the 4-D film.

New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

2. New Orleans: City Highlights Tour with Transfer

See the best of New Orleans in comfort on one handy guided motorized tour. Hop in the minibus and let your guide lead you through the city. No New Orleans city tour would be complete without the French Quarter, the home of Jazz and Mardi Gras. Take in the lively atmosphere with music in the air and colorful, historical buildings. Travel along to Magazine Street, the Big Easy’s thoroughfare that contains plenty of eclectic shops and eateries and meanders in parallel with the Mississippi River. Head across to St Louis Cathedral to see the “Big Easy’s” oldest cemetery, complete with famous and infamous residents. Lake Pontchartrain offers incredible views and photo opportunities. See the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the places hit by Hurricane Katrina. Spot some typical steamboat houses here and remnants of Louisiana's darker history – the sugar cane plantations and colonial buildings. After your whistle-stop tour with your live guide, get dropped off at your New Orleans hotel.

New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

Explore the best of New Orleans on this open-top double-decker bus tour of the city’s key attractions. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with strategically placed stops, regular pickups, and onboard commentary from a guide to learn about the city’s history. Begin your sightseeing tour at any of the stops on the route. Grab a comfortable seat on the lower deck or on the open‐air upper deck for the best views. Hop on and off at any of the route’s locations. Between stops, stroll through New Orleans's colorful neighborhoods and make use of your exclusive deals and discounts. .The 2-day hop‐on hop‐off pass includes a Garden District guided walking tour. The 3-day ticket, in addition to the Garden District guided walking tour, includes guided walking tours through the French Quarter to see gems of New Orleans architecture. These are the stops:• 700 Decatur Street, Jackson Square• Market Place Near St Peters Street • Esplanade Avenue • Treme, Rampart & Ursulines Avenue• Basin Station Visitor Information Center • Canal Street• Riverfront Creole Queen • Central Business District • Louisiana Superdome • The National WWII Museum • Magazine Street • Garden District • St. Charles Avenue • Arts District • Harrah's Casino on S. Peters Street• Canal Place 

New Orleans: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4. New Orleans: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans at your leisure with a 1-day ticket to this open-top bus tour. Hop on and hop off at any stop to see the best of the always fascinating Crescent City. Visit the French Market, Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the Garden District and so much more. Hop off at the Superdome, originally named the Louisiana Superdome, which is the largest fixed dome structure in the world, and home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Take the bus tour to all of the city’s popular attractions. Visit the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, which is a major landmark in the French Quarter and the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. Wander down Royal Street, one of the city's most historic streets, for crafts, antiques, art objects, and museums. Or, Hop-Off at the French Market and peruse stands loaded with fresh local produce along with an array of items including keepsakes and souvenirs. Whatever you choose to do during your stay in New Orleans, this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will give you a chance to see the most with the least amount of hassle. Route Stops Include: 1. Jackson Square 2. French Market 3. Esplanade 4. Treme 5. Basin St. Station 6. Canal Street 7. Riverfront at Harrah’s Casino 8. CBD - Poydras & Carondolet 9. Louisiana Superdome - Hyatt Regency 10. The National WWII Museum 11. Magazine Street & Jackson Ave. 12. Garden District on Magazine Street 13. Magazine Street & Louisiana 14. St. Charles Avenue 15. St. Charles Avenue 16. Convention Center Pedestrian Park (Hall E) 17. Arts District - Julia Street 18. Harrah’s Casino on St. Peters Street

New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

5. New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

No other New Orleans sightseeing package can compare to the incredible choice, convenience, and value of a Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Your New Orleans pass includes admission to a variety of the most popular things to do in New Orleans, including French Quarter attractions, as well as surrounding Louisiana attractions. When you visit each location with your All-Inclusive Pass, the admission has already been taken care of. You simply follow the instructions in the guide and present your pass to enter. You don’t have to wait and pay over and over again. The low price of the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass includes savings off of the admission fees you’d pay if you purchased your New Orleans attraction tickets individually at each location. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass: Tours and Cruises • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen • Adventures in New Orleans Bus Tour • Ghost & Vampire Combo Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour by Haunted History Tour • Ultimate Swamp Adventures • Saints and Sinners by French Quarter Phantoms • Cajun Pride Swamp Tour by Boat • Garden District Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Tremé Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Cities of the Dead Cemetery History Tour by Haunted History Tour • French Quarter History / Voodoo Tour • Canal Street Cemeteries and Katrina Memorial Tour Museums and Places of Interest • The National WWII Museum • Mardi Gras World (with transportation) • Cooking Demonstration Class/New Orleans School of Cooking • Longue Vue House and Gardens • Edgar Degas House • Southern Food and Beverage Museum • The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint • 1850 House / The Louisiana State Museum • Cabildo / The Louisiana State Museum • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum • Presbytère/The Louisiana State Museum Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

6. City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans on a 3-hour city tour. Visit the historic French Quarter, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and more. Continue to areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including the 9th Ward. See Harry Connick Jr.'s Musicians’ Village and the work by Habitat for Humanity. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, where you'll see the unique above-ground tombs. Head to New Orleans City Park, and pass by Lake Pontchartrain – the largest lake in Louisiana. In the Garden District, see the iconic streetcars and historic mansions. The tour ends with a visit to the central business district.

New Orleans: 'Expressions of America' Sound and Light Show

7. New Orleans: 'Expressions of America' Sound and Light Show

Enjoy a show that celebrates the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict with this ticket for the 'Expressions of America' show in New Orleans.  Choose just to watch the 90-minute show or enhance your experience by extending it to a 2.5-hour experience including a mouth-watering three-course dinner with a reserved viewing area, two vintage-style cocktails, and a souvenir photo.  Have the option to order snacks, festive plates, and drinks before the the show. 'Expressions of America' combines the latest technology and special effects with the Museum’s extensive collection to provide you with an unforgettable nighttime experience unlike any other.  Begin your journey back to the 1940s by enjoying live entertainment reminiscent of the wartime era and exploring a mail call custom exhibit highlighting the role of correspondence and mail during World War II (the source material used to develop the show). Move outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main sound and light show, which lasts approximately 25 minutes and is hosted by actor Gary Sinise with music recorded by Preservation Hall Jazz Band members and other New Orleans musicians. Watch as special effects transform the museum campus and enter scenes projected as high as 90 feet tall. Get to know soldiers, nurses, chaplains, factory workers, artists, entertainers, and supportive loved who banded together during this time of strife.  See how real people contributed their own meaningful acts of sacrifice, ingenuity, bravery, and love to preserve freedom. All of the words in the show come directly from the everyday men and women who made a tremendous impact during a time of monumental conflict. After the show, stick around for jazzy music and more art projections outdoors. Discuss the unforgettable experience over drinks, and purchase a keepsake photo from the evening or a souvenir from the Museum Store.

New Orleans: Sightseeing Day Passes for 25+ Attractions

8. New Orleans: Sightseeing Day Passes for 25+ Attractions

The Sightseeing Day Pass has over 25 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over New Orleans. Tailor your trip to New Orleans to fit your ideal itinerary with an easy-to-use Day Pass. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most, and no fixed start date. With the Sightseeing Pass, take advantage of full admission to attractions, saving you up to 50% of total visitation costs. Parade around and explore the crown jewel of Louisiana. Enjoy the colorful Quarters of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market. Tread carefully on a walking tour of notoriously haunted cemeteries, including the legendary final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Hop aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler river cruise and travel back in time on the Mississippi River, or wade through the infamous Louisiana Bayou’s expansive, wildlife-rich swampland. Savor the opulence of the rich French-Creole blend of flavor, then party on with NOLA’s classic ‘laissez faire’ jazzy nightlife. Mardi Gras never stops, and Sightseeing Pass is a perfect choice for first-time visitors with an open itinerary and active travelers looking to explore all of NOLA. Attractions and Tours included: • National World War II Museum • Mardi Gras World • French Quarter walking tour • Garden District walking tour • Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour by CitySightseeing — 1 Day Ticket • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Historical Cruise • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Jazz Cruise • New Orleans Jazz Museum • Jazz Walking Tour • Degas House • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens • Le Musée de F.P.C. — Docent guided tour • New Orleans Botanical Garden • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Transportation • African and Afro-Creole Tour • Big Easy — New Orleans city tour • Giants of African American Achievement • Jazz Walking Tour • The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art — Docent-guided tour • The Presbytere • The Cabildo • The 1850 House • Escape Game Peters St • Beauregard-Keyes Historic House Tour • Ogden Museum of Southern Art • Cemetery Walking Tour St. Louis #1 • Scavenger Hunts Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/new-orleans/day-pass/attraction-list/ota

New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

9. New Orleans: Sightseeing Flex Pass for 25+ Attractions

The Sightseeing Day Pass has over 25 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over New Orleans. Tailor your trip to New Orleans to fit your ideal itinerary with an easy-to-use Day Pass. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy full admission to the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date for total flexibility. Parade around and explore the crown jewel of Louisiana. Enjoy the colorful Quarters of New Orleans, including Bourbon Street, the Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the French Market. Tread carefully on a walking tour of notoriously haunted cemeteries, including the legendary final resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Hop aboard an authentic Paddlewheeler river cruise and travel back in time on the Mississippi River, or wade through the infamous Louisiana Bayou’s expansive, wildlife-rich swampland. Savor the opulence of the rich French-Creole blend of flavor, then party on with NOLA’s classic ‘laissez faire’ jazzy nightlife. Mardi Gras never stops, and Sightseeing Pass is a perfect choice for first-time visitors with an open itinerary and active travelers looking to explore all of NOLA. Attractions and Tours included: • National World War II Museum • Mardi Gras World • French Quarter walking tour • Garden District walking tour • Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour by CitySightseeing — 1 Day Ticket • Escape Game Peters St • Beauregard-Keyes Historic House Tour • Ogden Museum of Southern Art • Cemetery Walking Tour St. Louis #1 • Scavenger Hunts • Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/new-orleans/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Historical Cruise • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Jazz Cruise • New Orleans Jazz Museum • Jazz Walking Tour • Degas House • Houmas House Plantation and Gardens • Le Musée de F.P.C. — Docent guided tour • New Orleans Botanical Garden • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Transportation • African and Afro-Creole Tour • Big Easy — New Orleans city tour • Giants of African American Achievement • Jazz Walking Tour • The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art — Docent-guided tour • The Presbytere • The Cabildo • The 1850 House

New Orleans: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. New Orleans: Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the sights of New Orleans at your own pace and according to your schedule on a self-guided walking tour. Download an audio guide onto your MP3 player and get a fully detailed map to help you explore. This exciting cultural audio tour of the vibrant city of New Orleans will show you how it has evolved and will take you on a colorful journey where you will learn about the famous Mardi Gras celebrations at the Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum. You will also learn about the devastating effects on the city after the 2011 disaster of Hurricane Katrina at the Superdome. Then, see the National World War II Museum, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Aquarium of the Americas, St. Louis Cathedral with Jackson Square, Lalaurie Mansion, Backstreet Cultural Museum, and the Louisiana Civil War Museum. Also embark on a comprehensive tour of the French quarter which contained in this walking tour of New Orleans to ensure that you do not miss out on any of its exciting history.

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What people are saying about National World War II Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 691 reviews

I was new to NOLA and alone. Normally don’t venture far, but this bus tour made it so easy. I had 3 day pass and my first tour was right outside my hotel. . I did not get off, my first ride. Wanted to see what interest me the most, what seemed safe. Last day there I got off every stop! Going back in 2 weeks, totally purchasing tickets again!!!

This is the BEST way to explore New Orleans if you only have a couple of days. Was like having an Uber driver and tour guide at the same time. All of the drivers and guides were very helpful, full of information and eager to help. Never had to wait too long for a ride, they were always right on schedule.

The museum is unbelievable. The coverage of World War II along with the displays and memorabilia was phenomenal. The movie narrated by Tom Hanks was outstanding. Gave us an excellent summary of the war.

We had a chance to tour on our own and a guided tour. Both were outstanding. We wish that we had spent two days.

Very good museum with an interactive'Dog Tag'. Highly recommended.