In this field trip, take a road trip to a giant, immersive, engaging museum about the war that changed the world. Head to New Orleans to visit the National WWII Museum! (And even if you do not make the drive to New Orleans, you need to check out all the FREE resources available online from the WWII Museum. Find them below.)
The National WWII Museum has an unbelievable amount of FREE resources for teachers and students. Even if you do not make the drive to New Orleans, you should check out these resources!
- Explore WWII History, including curriculum guides for the "War in the Pacific", "War in Europe", "The Homefront" and "Liberation and Legacy". Register for FREE to access lesson plans, essays and multimedia resources.
- Digital Learning Experiences
- Research Starters
- Classroom Resources
Explore the National WWII Museum:
National WWII Museum - 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
The National World War II Museum covers six acres, is immersive and engaging… and now is a great time to visit. When we went on a weekend, we practically had the exhibits to ourselves.
The museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Through immersive exhibits and multimedia, you can learn about the most destructive war in history and understand the price of freedom.
There is a lot to see, but the "Road to Tokyo" and "Road to Berlin" exhibits were our favorites. We were transported to jungles and deserts, learned through videos and signs and read personal stories along the way. We all learned something during the self guided tour (even the WWII buffs) and we liked that it talked about both the mistakes that were made as well as the victories.
On our visit, we had two adults and four kids (ages 13, 11, 9 and 4). The four year old got tired after an hour so we grabbed the stroller. (Strollers are allowed in the museum. Also, kids under 5 are free.)
With current protocols and ticket restrictions, it is recommended that you buy tickets online and select your admission time. We had questions on buying the membership and the military pricing, so we gambled and arrived at opening and were able to buy our tickets. (Also, there were fewer people at opening than after lunch.)
Once you have your museum tickets, you can come and go all day. Also, if you decide to come back within a week, you can buy a second day pass for $7.
Also, when looking at tickets, I was not sure if I should get the campus pass or just the admission tickets. The campus pass gets you into everything, including the 4D experience, Beyond All Boundaries. (The Final Mission experience was closed while we were there.)
We got the general admission tickets (instead of the campus pass) and had plenty to do all day. We did not do the 4D experience, but we could have purchased the $7 tickets at the theater.
With the smaller crowds at the museum, we were able to see everything in a day. That said, there is so much to see and learn that when we go back on our next trip, we will certainly learn something new.
The National WWII Museum is a long drive from Houston, but it was definitely worth it. We visit a lot of museums, and this was a GREAT museum. Learn more about it HERE.
Right across from the National World War II Museum is the Higgins Hotel. You can park in the garage shared by the hotel and the museum. If you reserve a room here, you can hop back and forth all day (and the museum will allow you to leave and return with your ticket).
There is also paid street parking available, but check the signs for the restrictions on hours.