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New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

1. New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Ticket

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans, where 5 soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. Purchase your timed tickets in advance to secure your desired entry or movie time. Housed in 5 buildings, the 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. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion features the “D-Day Invasion of Normandy” exhibit and an exhibit telling the story of the war experienced on the Home Front.  The "Campaigns of Courage" area features the “Road to Tokyo” exhibit, which retraces the grueling trail from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo. It also houses the “Road to Berlin” exhibit, recreating actual battle settings and villages as America campaigned to defeat the Axis powers. A two-hour guided tour of these two exhibits, led by an expert docent, is also available to book as an option. The U.S. Freedom Pavilion features actual WW2 airplanes restored to their wartime glory, including the B-17E Flying Fortress, as well as wartime tanks and trucks. Liberation Pavilion, which opens in 2022, will explore the closing months of the war and immediate postwar years, concluding with an explanation of links to our lives today.  In the Solomon Victory Theatre, you will be able to see, hear and feel the epic story of World War II in the exclusive 4D experience “Beyond All Boundaries”, narrated by Tom Hanks. This movie experience requires the purchase of the option which includes the 4-D film.

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New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

2. New Orleans: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

No other New Orleans sightseeing package can compare to the incredible choice, convenience, and value of the Go City pass. Your New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass includes admission to a variety of the most popular New Orleans city attractions, New Orleans French Quarter attractions, and surrounding Louisiana attractions. When you visit each location with your All-Inclusive Pass, the admission has already been taken care of. You simply follow the instructions in the guide and present your Go City pass to enter. You don’t have to wait and pay over and over again. The low price of the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass includes savings off of the admission fees you’d pay if you purchased your New Orleans attraction tickets individually at each location. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass: • Paddlewheeler Creole Queen • Adventures in New Orleans Bus Tour • The National WWII Museum • Haunted History Tours • Ultimate Swamp Adventures • Mardi Gras World • St. Louis number 1 Cemetery Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Ghost & Vampire Combo Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Cooking Demonstration Class/New Orleans School of Cooking • Saints and Sinners by French Quarter Phantoms • Cajun Pride Swamp Tours • Garden District Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Treme Tour by French Quarter Phantoms • Longue Vue House and Gardens • Edgar Degas House • San Francisco Plantation • Southern Food and Beverage Museum • The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint • 1850 House/Louisiana State Museum • Cabildo/The Louisiana State Museum• New Orleans Pharmacy Museum • Louisiana Children’s Museum • Presbytere/The Louisiana State Museum

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New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

3. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

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Best museums in New Orleans

Going to New Orleans? Get ready for the delicious Creole and Cajun food, jazz music wafting down the street, and art on every corner. You can even find a hint of voodoo lurking around to make the city extra spicy. One thing is certain: NOLA does not disappoint. If you’re planning a trip to the Crescent City (aka, New Orleans), be sure to make some time for these museums in New Orleans.

New Orleans jazz museums

Petit Jazz Museum

The true jazz aficionado simply cannot miss Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum. The “petit” modifier is no lie—with only one room, this museum is indeed small. But don’t fret: what it lacks in size, it makes up for in history, information, and character.

To make it all easier, you’ll see that the photos, paintings, and other artifacts in the room are arranged mostly in chronological order. Al Jackson, the museum’s curator, personally guides visitors through the exhibit. Listen as he tells the story of jazz music and its birth and growth in the historic Tremé district. This man knows how to bring history to life.

Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Note that it is closed on Sundays. If you want to be sure that you’ll get the guided tour, call ahead. This way you can verify that a guide will be there when you want to visit.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

If you’re interested in a broader, more general overview of jazz history, head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Esplanade Avenue. This museum is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz artifacts in the world. Admire the trumpets, trombones, and saxophones played by some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. The museum’s collection also includes sheet music, records, and photographs.

In addition to their permanent collection, the New Orleans Jazz Museum also hosts many special events and exhibitions throughout the year. Check their calendar to see what’s going on while you’re in town. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).

New Orleans art museums

New Orleans Museum of Art

Head to a museum that is a favorite of locals and visitors alike—The New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA. Its permanent collection is made up of nearly 40,000 pieces of art and is perpetually growing. What makes this museum unique? The “Art of the Americas” collection, which displays art and artifacts from North, South, and Central America. You’ll get to see an exceptional collection of artifacts from the Mayan culture.

Another highlight of NOMA lies outside the museum walls: the five-acre sculpture garden featuring some 90-plus sculptures. Get there early to beat the afternoon sun and browse through the sculpture garden before heading into the museum to cool down. The sculpture garden is open 7 days a week, with no additional admission fee, so you have no reason to miss it. The museum itself is open Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

Royal Street galleries

For a more casual art experience, take a stroll down Royal Street in the French Quarter (it’s one block over from the famous Bourbon Street). You’ll find dozens of tiny galleries here, each one filled with photographs, paintings, and other various styles of artwork. A few notable galleries are Le Jardin, Tresor Gallery, Rodrigue Studio, Gallery Burguieres, Franke Relle Photography Gallery, and Angela King Gallery. However, it’s really best to just stroll down the street and walk in the galleries as you see them. You might come across some antique shops or cafes worth checking out between galleries. Not to mention that you’ll probably catch a few street performers to add to the experience.

Learn about World War II history at the city's National WWII Museum

It would be impossible to write about New Orleans museums without mentioning The National World War II Museum. See World War II history through stories, artifacts, immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and more. As the nation's official WWII museum, it houses over 250,000 artifacts, many of which are on display, although some are stored for research purposes. Various events, shows, lectures, and other exhibits throughout the year enhance the experience for visitors.

Luckily for you, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep in mind that it’s closed for Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 66 reviews

We loved thr museum! The exhibits are terrific and extensive. They are easy to access and very interesting. The museum itself is easy to navigate and the docents are warm, caring and very helpful. We intend to return to absorb all we missed on this visit. The museum is a gem!!!

Easy to plan with all attractions listed with descriptions, times, cost of what it would have been, easy booking. Tour guides are personable and knowledgeable.

Very interesting and informative museum. You need several days to go through the entire museum. Loved the exhibit of the airplanes hanging from ceiling.

This is a terrific museum. But there is lots to read and listen to, so allow at least 4 hours.

I enjoyed learning about history that was properly documented