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Private Matter01 Mar 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

My company is holding a team meeting at Harrah's in New Orleans next week and I just learned that the WW2 Museum is just over half a mile away. The problem is that the only free time I will have is on Wednesday afternoon after 1 p.m. My flight out isn't until 7:36 p.m. so I figure I have at least three hours to tour the museum given that it closes at five and allowing for meeting wrap up etc.

My question is this enough? And what should I make a special point of seeing?

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

It is definitely enough, though you could spend more.

I've been 4 times and enjoyed every visit.

You may or may not want to spend an hour on the featured special film presentation.

Don't miss the general exhibits.

DEFINITELY MISS the hokey, unsatisfying submarine adventure.

I've always felt the very best part was chatting with the veterans sitting about near the equipment in the main entry hall, They are ready to talk, and full of stories !!


Wolfhag01 Mar 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

Check out the virtual tour: link


mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 3:59 p.m. PST

I think that it is going the way of many museums, a lot more video and interactive stuff, not as many displays and written information. I'm remembering my pre-Katrina trip when it was more the D-Day museum, and my trip a couple of years ago when it became the National WWII Museum. It's bigger and nicer, but I sort of felt like I was walking into different rooms showing clips from the History Channel. That probably sells it short, and maybe I'm just nostalgic for the old version. If you're interested, it's worth the time and money.

You are likely to see some veterans at the museum who are volunteers. I was off looking at AT guns, and my wife and daughter struck up a conversation with a fellow who talked with them for 20 minutes about driving a landing craft in the South Pacific; they thought it was the best part of the day.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

Yes it is enough. It will be a little quick but worth the time. They should have more open since I was there 2 years ago. It was really cool.

Private Matter01 Mar 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link Wolfhag but it's to the museum in Boston. This is the link to the New Orleans museum:

WLBartlett02 Mar 2017 6:24 a.m. PST

Holy smokes! I haven't been there since it was the National D-Day museum. It sure has expanded quite a lot. Hope to get there again some day.

Wolfhag02 Mar 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Private Matter,
Boston!!! Sorry about that. I've been to the on in NO five years ago and I though it was the same. My wife did say she made an appointment for new contacts for me.

Enjoy New Orleans. In my younger days I was a bouncer at a strip club on Bourbon Street. Got a Purple Heart there.


Private Matter02 Mar 2017 8:25 p.m. PST

Thanks Wolfhag and Semper Fi

Russ Lockwood03 Mar 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

Great Museum. I visited before the expansion in, um, 2007. Normandy hedgerow was one of the most startling exhibits -- the 'count the MGs' was sobering. Well worth it.

Wolfhag03 Mar 2017 10:26 p.m. PST

You really in Onslow County? I was at Camp Geiger in 1974-75 with 2/8. Not a very nice place back then.

My son is at Pendleton with the 1st Rad Bn and just got selected for Sgt. I'm stoked and humbled. I made E2 twice so I guess that makes me an E4?


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