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Forums » Louisiana » I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

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Storm

I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

by Storm »

I was surprised to hear that it was in the city, frankly. And was wondering if my time would be better spent simply doing walking tours of the French Quarter and exploring the history of New Orleans itself? I have 3 days in the city.

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nras929

RE: I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

by nras929 »

The WWII Museum is really terrific. Even non-history buffs will find it illuminating and fascinating (and very moving). I particularly like the oral histories that are found throughout the museum (not to mention that there are often veterans there, visiting or volunteering, who will gladly share their personal stories). A friend of mine was shocked to find his father in a photo there. It's also very extensive:  you could probably spend a couple of days exploring and delving into the dense exhibits. SO if you have a particular interest in WWII, you can't go wrong. And American Sector, the John Besh restaurant on the premises, is terrific  (great happy hour specials too).

That said, you're IN New Orleans, so first and foremost you should absolutely tour the French Quarter and explore the local history. There are some good niche tours that explore different aspects of the local history. In three days, though, you ought to have enough time to do some of both. It's true that you could spend days at the WWII museum, but you could also just spend a few hours or a half day doing a chunk of it (it's well laid out, with exhibits focusing on specific battles, regions, and subjects), leaving time for other touring and exploring. And eating and drinking and music, needless to say. 

I guess while you're working through this decision, mentioning the Civil War museum isn't a good idea??

Here's one thing that might make your decision easier: depending on when you're visiting, you might run into serious heat and humidity, or buckets of rain. Hellooo nice, dry, air-conditioned museum with good restaurant!! 

Good luck and report back after your trip - would love to hear what you think.

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Mango

RE: I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

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Do NOT skip the World War II Museum!!! It's absolutely wonderful and was a highlight of my last trip there (along with a tour of the areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and some great meals of course). I highly recommend visiting the website of the museum first so you can check and see whether any special events will be happeningin at the museum while you're there. That way you can see the usual stuff and some interesting additional programs, as well. Devote at least 3 hours to the museum. You won't regret it!

 

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vicky

RE: I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

by vicky »

Have to second the advice to go to the World War 2 Museum. It was my favorite sight, bar none, in NOLA, and I really wasn't expencting to like it (I'm NOT a war buff).

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Storm

RE: I'm a History Buff, But Am Wondering Whether the World War 2 Museum in NOLA Is Worth My Time?

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Thanks all. I went and I loved it (plus it was good to be inside out of the heat). Many thanks for encouraging me to go. It was great!

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