Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, fewer than 700,000 are still alive. We lose 430 WWII veterans every day. The Museum has in its collection about 8,700 personal accounts of World War II from battlefront to Home Front. We are in a race against time to collect the stories of the Greatest Generation so they can be preserved for the generations to come.
Supporting The National WWII Museum keeps their stories alive.
The National WWII 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—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
In honor of the men and women who served during World War II and to share the stories of their service and sacrifice, the Museum is undergoing a dramatic capital expansion. At its six-acre campus in New Orleans, five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. Two more pavilions will soon join their number, completing the WWII narrative through immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories.
Designated by Congress as “America’s National WWII Museum,” The National WWII Museum seeks to inspire people, young and old, to embrace the lessons of this monumental global conflict; engage worldwide audiences by providing access to our collections, exhibits, and oral histories; and interact with diverse communities to expand their understanding of the history and meaning of America’s role in World War II, as well as its relevance for today and for the future.
Teaching the history of WWII is more necessary now than ever before. The National WWII Museum is at the forefront by developing curriculum, teacher training, and educational programs for students around the world. The Museum's online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer new ways to connect to history for today's generations and the students of tomorrow.
The National WWII Museum, the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans and TripAdvisor's #3 museum in the country, has drawn more than five million visitors since its opening in 2000, including more than 700,000 teachers and students. The National WWII Museum’s economic impact on Louisiana is valued at $108 million per year, and the Museum accounts for 250,000 hotel nights per year and more than 400 jobs.
A capital expansion program, now entering its final stages, will put the finishing touches on this state-of-the-art educational institution, cementing its place as a premiere destination for travelers from around the world. The goal: to complete the Museum's campus so the remaining WWII veterans can experience a grateful nation’s tribute.
To be successful, we need America to help. We need help from corporations and individual donors. And we need help now. Thank those veterans for our freedom by donating today.