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Tour Itinerary

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Guests are greeted by tour manager and curator in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Brief introductions and orientation to the Museum are provided.

9:15 am – 11:30 am
Tour members embark on a journey through the vault, where they will see artifacts not on exhibit and learn what it takes to preserve these priceless items. Uniforms, personal items, and other war-era memorabilia will also be available for viewing.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Guests get to step inside a Sherman tank—the most commonly used American tank in World War II—and get a feel for the vantage point many servicemembers had in battle.

Visitors going Behind the Lines

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A lunch of delicious local cuisine is served in the Louis Armstrong Private Dining Room of The American Sector Restaurant + Bar, where a curator's lunch offers a relaxing and enlightening respite from the day’s adventure. The curator can answer any questions about World War II and give insight into what a curator's duties entail. An Education Department representative also joins lunch to provide additional commentary and transition the group to the afternoon tour.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Courage, Optimism, Sacrifice, Teamwork—The “C.O.S.T.” of World War II. Your tour of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, led by Education Department staff, focuses on four aspects of how the war was won. You will also take a look at the aircraft, vehicles, and other macro artifacts in this pavilion, learn some details of the Museum’s acquisition of these priceless objects, and gain insight on how they were restored and made suitable for display.

2:00 pm - rest of the day
Tour members enjoy free time to explore the Museum campus, exhibits, and special attractions on their own. Each individual will be able to coordinate timings for Beyond All Boundaries and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience with the Tour Manager prior to the tour.

Beyond All Boundaries

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What is Included in the Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Vault tour with a Curator
  • Sherman Tank tour with a Curator
  • Lunch with a Curator and Education Department Staffer (tip and tax included)
  • Courage, Optimism, Sacrifice, Teamwork—The “C.O.S.T.” of World War II, a guided tour of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
  • A second-day pass to visit the Museum the day before or after the Behind the Lines tour
  • A ticket to a viewing of Beyond All Boundaries at a time convenient for you
  • A ticket to experience Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience at a time of your choosing

What isn't Included in the Tour?

Tour Exclusions

  • Accommodations are not included
  • Transporation to and from the Museum on the day of the program is not included

Optional Additions

Guided Tours

The Museum now offers an exclusive group tour of the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion. This exclusive small-group experience offers an official Museum guide taking your group through the chronological narrative of each theater of combat, bringing to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America's campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. Your guide will also highlight several artifacts, displays, and exhibits during the tour, which explores how US citizen soldiers and their Allies secured victory in the 20th century’s titanic struggle—a fight for civilization itself.

  • Available for groups with 8–15 participants*
  • Offered twice daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday (excludes holidays, special events, and the months of March and April)
  • Length: 1½ – 2 hours
  • One-time fee of $150.00 per tour plus group Museum admission
  • Advanced reservations and payment are required—please confirm your group guided tour at least one week prior to your preferred visit date

*Note: If group size is less than eight participants, group would pay tour fee plus purchase a minimum of eight museum tickets. For groups of up to 30 guests, two tours may be contracted at the same time for $300.00, subject to availability.

Tour Price

All tours are $250 until January 7, 2017.

On January 7, 2017, tours will be $299 per person (nonmember); $274 per person (member).

Tours available every Friday until December 2, 2016, and every Friday and Saturday from December 3, 2016 – May 27, 2017

Add Stage Door Canteen dinner and show for discounted rate of $45 per person!

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  • "Behind the Lines" is exactly that: A real adventure through the inner-workings of The National WWII Museum. To anyone with even a passing fascination with the world-changing events of 1939 to 1945, TAKE THIS TOUR. It is a gift you give to yourself. Plus, your contributions will help ensure that this fantastic Museum and its staff will be able to keep telling the story of the Greatest Generation for many years to come.
    – Eric, Killeen, TX

  • This was my first visit to The National WWII Museum, and the Behind the Lines Tour was the perfect way to see it all. I will recommend the tour to anyone planning on visiting the Museum. In addition, all the people associated with the Museum created a welcoming atmosphere.
    – Lois, Miami, FL

  • Most recently, for my 60th Birthday, March 20th, for my gift, I had the honor to visit The National WWII Museum. Roberta and I booked the Behind the Lines Tour that allowed us to explore and experience an escorted view of the Museum that is not normally seen to the public. I cannot begin to express the pride and emotional feelings that the Museum and its staff brought out in me, as Roberta shares these same feelings. The hospitality, knowledge and personal touch the...curator displayed was heartfelt and was an experience that we will never forget.
    – Dave, Olney, MD