About (From Management)
Renowned historian, author and educator, Dr. Stephen Ambrose founded The National World War II Museum Foundation in New Orleans in 1991. The Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-Days" of World War II, honoring the more than 16 million Americans who took part in this global conflict.
The National World War II Museum opened its doors on the 56th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that liberated Europe. It is located in New Orleans, Louisiana because it was here that Andrew Higgins built the landing craft used in the amphibious invasions; the landing craft which President Eisenhower believed won the war for the Allies. The Museum stands as our country's tribute to the men and women who made the invasions in Europe, Africa and the Pacific theaters successful. It presents their stories to an international audience, preserves material for research and scholarship, and inspires future generations to apply the lessons learned from the most complex military operation ever staged.
From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Iwo Jima, The National World War II Museum's exhibitions blend personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and never before seen film footage to tell the stories of the amphibious landings that made victory in World War II possible. Special Exhibitions draw on Museum collections and relevant traveling exhibitions to further explore and illustrate the war that changed the world.
World War II exhibitionsThe National World War II Museum, originally founded as the National D-Day Museum, features permanent exhibitions highlighting the nation’s road to war, life on the Home Front and the amphibious landings at Normandy and in the Pacific.