National World War II Museum - New Orleans

Why is there a D-Day Museum in New Orleans? Many of the Higgins landing craft where built in the New Orleans area by volunteers.

The National D-Day Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-days" of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part.  The Museum stands as the nation's tribute to the men and women who made the invasions in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific theaters successful. It presents their stories to an international audience, preserves material for research and scholarship, and inspires future generations to apply the lessons learned from the most complex military operation ever staged.

Driving Directions to the National D-Day Museum:

From the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain:
Follow the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway across the lake &
then take I-10 East.
Follow directions "From the West" below.


From the East:
Heading west into New Orleans on I-10: using the right two lanes, drive past the I-610 split and stay on I-10. Past the split, follow the left two lanes towards the Westbank Expressway (you will not go over the bridge!) and exit at St. Charles Avenue. Turn left at the second light under the Expressway at St. Charles Avenue and
one block later, you will come to Lee Circle (a roundabout with a statue of Robert E. Lee in the center) - all traffic on Lee Circle goes to the right, so you will turn right to enter the circle. At the first right, which is Higgins Drive, you will turn right. As soon as you turn right onto Higgins Drive, you will see The National D-Day Museum in front of you. The main entrance is on Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street.

From the West:
Take I-10 from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Once you reach the I-10/I-610 split, stay on I-10 East. This will take you into the downtown New Orleans area (you will see the high rise buildings and the Superdome in front of you). As you come into the downtown area, you will need to get into the far left hand lane and follow the signs for "West Bank Expressway." This will line you up to go over the Crescent City Connection, but you will exit before the bridge. You will take the "St. Charles Avenue" exit. At the second light after the exit ramp, turn left onto St. Charles Avenue - that will take you back underneath the interstate/bridge. One block later, you will come to Lee Circle (a roundabout with a statue of Robert E. Lee in the center) - all traffic on Lee Circle goes to the right, so you will turn right to enter the circle. At the first right, which is Higgins Drive, you will turn right. As soon as you turn right onto Higgins Drive, you will see The National D-Day Museum in front of you. The main entrance is on Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street.

From the South:
Take Highway 90 East to the Crescent City Connection (CCC). Cross the CCC and get in the right hand lane. On the New Orleans side of the bridge, you will take the Camp Street exit. At the base of the Camp Street exit ramp, you will see The National D-Day Museum in front of you. The main entrance is on Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street.

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  • National World War II Museum - New Orleans
  • 945 Magazine Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70130
  • (504) 528-1944
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