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Originally named the D-Day Museum at its founding in 2000, this now 70,500 square feet museum in New Orleans is recognized as the U.S.’s official World War II museum. Telling the story in artifacts, personal histories, electronic


maps, and film, the museum encompasses America’s story from the Normandy invasion through the campaign in the Pacific. Importantly it also includes the amazing story of our country’s efforts at home in providing supplies and armament to support the brave men and women who traveled abroad in quest of maintaining the right of freedom for people throughout the world.

Higgins Boat

Pictured above is an actual photograph of American G.I.’s loading aboard a Higgins Boat. This landing craft was used to transport soldiers over the English Channel at rapid speeds and provide protection from enemy rifle fire emanating from the beaches at Normandy.

The boat is named for its developer and builder, Andrew Jackson Higgins. Mr. Higgins was a New Orleans boat builder who designed, built and tested the boats in Lake Pontchartrain specifically to carry soldiers to a planned beach invasion on the shores of France in 1944. Although, a significant loss of life took place on the beaches that June 6, the performance of Mr. Higgins’ boats was remarkable; so much so that General Eisenhower credited Higgins as the “man who won the war for us”.

Because of the contributions of Higgins toward our success in the war, the U.S. Congress felt New Orleans to be the most appropriate site for the National Museum.

It’s important to also recognize the efforts of the late Stephan Ambrose; a veteran and outstanding World War II historian who was the energizing force behind the establishment of New Orleans as the ultimate location.

Besides a replica of the Higgins Boat, the exhibit includes aircraft, vehicles, tanks, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts relating to that important time in our Nation and State’s history.

The museum is presently undergoing a $280 million expansion which is scheduled to be completed next year. It is located at 945 Magazine Street on the corner of Andrew Higgins and Magazine. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and Thursdays until 7:00 pm. Group tours are available and information can be found on the museum’s website.

If you’re planning a New Orleans visit or have not taken the opportunity to visit this significant exhibit, consider it your patriotic obligation. I promise you’ll not be disappointed.