This extensive museum presents a fairly thorough analysis of the largest war in history. The exhibits, which are displayed across multiple grand pavilions, are enormous and immersive. The experience is designed to be both personal and awe-inducing, but with that said, the museum focuses so intently on providing the American perspective, it sometimes underplays the narrative of other Allied nations.
How did this fascinating place land in New Orleans, not Washington, DC? The reconstructed LCVP or ‘Higgins boat,’ on display in the Louisiana Pavilion, provides the link. Originally designed by local entrepreneur Andrew Jackson Higgins for commercial use on Louisiana’s bayous, these flat-bottomed amphibious landing craft moved tens of thousands of soldiers onto Normandy’s beaches during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
If you're game, you can cruise around Lake Pontchartrain on a restored WWII-era PT boat. The 90-minute ride is offered on select Saturdays at 9am, 11am and 1pm, and runs $350/305 for an adult/senior or student.