Immersive museum on all aspects and all fronts of WWII. This is one of the most important attractions in New Orleans that speaks to the past with the hope that future generations will learn to achieve peace.
From the minute you receive your dog tag, assigning you a real-life person whose story you follow throughout the National WWII museum, you feel fully immersed and invested in the personal stories of the men and women all over the world who were involved in WWII.
The museum excels at re-creating every aspect of war, involving all your senses, from stepping foot on a train (synthesizing what actual soldiers would have boarded before deploying), to the concluding moments of the final mission of the USS Tang submarine experience with its sirens and simulated explosions.
The pinnacle of the museum is the 4D movie (read: CGI animation, multi-layered environments, special effects), Beyond All Boundaries, executive produced by Tom Hanks with creative direction by Phil Hettema. The film breaks down the history of the war from its inception to the final days, in succinct first-person accounts of the woes, pain and ultimate glory.
The museum is a poignant reminder of this violent past, with a deep respect for veterans of war, and sends an even stronger message of gratitude and hope.
This original article first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.