This was our second visit to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

A rear view of the National World War II Museum.

The back of the National World War II Museum from the parking lot.

Two buildings with construction cranes in the middle at the National World War II Museum

A third building is under construction expanding the National World War II Museum even more!

Our first visit to the National World War II Museum was way back in 2009, which you can read about here, and there was only one building. It has grown and is still growing. In fact, there were huge construction cranes and detours when we visited this time. A third building is under construction but I am not sure what it will house.

A plate topped with a bunless mushroom cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato, pickle and fries at the National World War II Museum

Our yummy lunch at The American Sector inside the National World War II Museum

A wall explaining the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese at the National World War II Museum

The events of Pearl Harbor at the National World War II Museum

After we checked-in and picked up our tickets (Thank you, Keith Darcey, National World War II Public Relations Manager, for hosting us!) we planned our afternoon around lunch, a film, our tour, and an interactive exhibit. Having been there before we knew that the on-premise restaurant The American Sector was really good, so that was our first stop. Steve and I both had the earthy, cheesy Mushroom Cheeseburger, hold the bun please, and perfect fries. And then strolled over where we “boarded our submarine” for our interactive experience Final Mission. Final Mission is the heroic story of the USS Tang, the most successful submarine of World War II. Luckily neither Steve nor I get seasick because you really felt like you were in a submarine deep in the ocean!

Inside the National World War II Museum planes WW 2 planes hang from the rafters.

Planes hang from the rafters in the entry hall of the National World War II Museum

A sign on a ship explains why the National World War II Museum is located in New Orleans.

This explains why the National World War II Museum is in New Orleans

An Army Jeep on display at the National World War II Museum

A 1943 Army Jeep at the National World War II Museum

Several WW 2 era planes hanging from the ceiling at the National World War II Museum

More aircrafts suspended from he ceiling!

We timed our tour perfectly and headed over to see and experience Tom Hanks film Beyond All Boundaries in 4-D. That’s right. The 4-D experience is so awesome. You can feel the bombs and snow falls from above!

A typical 1940s living room ready for President Roosevelt's Fireside Chat is on display at the National World War II Museum.

A typical 1940s living room ready for President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat is on display at the National World War II Museum.

A typical 1940s kitchen on display with electric coil burners on the stove and black and white checkered floor at the National World War II Museum

A typical 1940s kitchen on display at the National World War II Museum 

The National World War II Museum gives us the American experience of the war that changed the world. It shows us 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. This is a place for people to understand and feel America’s strengths and values as well as serve as a catalyst for cultural tourism to strengthen the economic and community development of New Orleans and Louisiana. This is a place to revisit often since it is always changing and growing.

Disclaimer: My husband and I were given free passes in exchange for this post but the opinions are 100% my own.