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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in New Orleans

Students arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and are greeted by Museum staff before transferring to their hotel. This evening, the group enjoys the Museum’s 4D experience Beyond All Boundaries and dinner at The American Sector Restaurant + Bar.

Beyond All Boundaries

Day 2: Home Front and Mobilization

The day’s first stop is the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where students complete two What Would You Do? scenarios. A curator-led tour of the pavilion follows, with a focus on the decisions made during mobilization in World War II. After an activity handling WWII-era high school yearbooks, students get a tour of the brand-new The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George Brown Salute to the Home Front.

US Freedom Pavilion

Day 3: Louisiana’s Military Legacy

Students travel to the Chalmette Battlefield this morning to tour the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. Here, students learn important lessons about coalition building and supply lines—lessons easily adaptable to today’s society, through teamwork and knowledge of one’s own limitations.

New Orleans

Day 4: World War II in Europe

Students begin the day in the Museum’s D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy exhibition, where they participate in group decision-making scenarios about the battles of that fateful day. Next is a tour of The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries. The day finishes with an exclusive look at some of the artifacts that inspired the Museum’s traveling exhibition Fighting for the Right to Fight: The African American Experience in World War II.

Kushner Pavilion

Day 5: The Legacy of Andrew Higgins

Today, students head to the swamps of south Louisiana to see the terrain that helped inspire the invention of the Higgins Boat, which Dwight D. Eisenhower credited with winning World War II for the Allies. The group also visits Bollinger Shipyards, where students witness a large-scale production facility carrying on the legacy of Andrew Higgins.

Jackson Barracks

Day 6: The War in the Pacific

Upon arrival to the Museum, students board Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience and relive the final patrol of the Tang. Next, the group immerses itself in the Pacific theater in Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries in Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters. After lunch, students embark on a tour of the French Quarter, New Orleans's oldest and most vibrant neighborhood.

Final Mission

Day 7: PT-305 and Departures

Students begin the day on Lake Pontchartrain aboard PT-305, the world’s only fully restored, combat-veteran PT boat. After a historic ride, the group transfers to the airport for afternoon flights home.

pt-305 boat

What you will learn

Objectives & Academic Benefits

  • Explore the strategies and decisions that led to Allied victory in Europe and the Pacific
  • Identify and make connections to leadership traits integral to Allied victory in WWII that are relevant to college and career paths
  • Learn and develop leadership skills
  • Develop research skills through both primary and secondary source research
  • Write clear and concise content for a specific audience of peers and museum professionals
  • Improve presentation and debate skills by presenting to both their peers and museum professionals
  • Identify the major theaters of World War II (Europe, Pacific, Home Front)
  • Learn through the personal stories of those who were there

Experience the History of New Orleans and Its Unique Contributions to WWII

Not only will students have the unique opportunity to study WWII history at one of the world's top-rated museums, they will also venture out to historic sites in the community — including the Chalmette National Battlefield and NASA Michoud Assembly Facility (on the former site of the plant that produced the Higgins Boats used in the war) — and meet some of the men and women who experienced WWII firsthand.

What Is Included In The Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Male and Female Chaperones
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (when arriving and departing on scheduled group tour dates)
  • Pre-tour communication with Museum Education staff member
  • Pre-tour readings and books included
  • Behind the scenes access at The National WWII Museum
  • Exclusive dinner with a World War II historian or author
  • Included touring with a University Professor
  • Three star-centrally located hotel accommodations in New Orleans
  • Private, first-class air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary
  • Video Oral History presentations from the Museum collection
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters and servers
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners
  • Padfolio, luggage tags, and customized name badge

What Isn't Included In The Tour?

Tour Exclusions

  • International and/or domestic airfare, unless noted otherwise within the program brochure
  • Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Meals and beverages not outlined in the program brochure under included features
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a strictly personal nature
  • Airport/hotel transfers outside of official program dates
  • Excursions not included in program itinerary

Additional Services

Please contact us regarding:

  • Additional pre and/or post-hotel nights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight assistance
  • Private transfers

We’re pleased to assist you with additional services you may require, ensuring you a worry-free journey with The National WWII Museum.

Earn College Credit through Nicholls State University at One of the World's Top-Rated Museums

Students will complete this journey with a deeper understanding of history and the repercussions of decisions, as well as real-life experience to take them to the next stages of their lives. Students who participate in Student Leadership Academy are eligible to receive three credit hours from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The focus on leadership and decision-making provides the skills needed for success in college and career. Being able to analyze a situation, chart a course of action, and defend the selected plan will enable students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Summer Residential Program

Pre-Tour Preparation

Pre-Tour Preparation : Spring 2014

In preparation for their experience, students study throughout the spring with professors and historians, delving into a reading list of essential books on all theaters of WWII and into the Museum's world-class collections of digitized, online archives and oral histories. With the knowledge and insight gained from these explorations, students develop arguments — pro and con — for a variety of decisions made across the world by officers, leaders and soldiers on the ground.

History as Experienced by Those Who Were There

The Oral Histories of The National WWII Museum play a crucial role in the program. The perspectives of officers, enlisted men, women and African Americans add to the breadth of knowledge that students will gain. Segments of all of these oral histories emphasize examples of leadership and decision making in extraordinary situations.

Mr. Donald 'Mac' Showers

Mr. Donald "Mac" Showers, Admiral, United States Navy

Mr. Showers was assigned to Pearl Harbor after that attack and worked as a codebreaker trying to decipher Japanese codes. Mr. Showers relates the story of cracking the Japanese code that led to an American victory at the Battle of Midway. Showers is quick to credit the sailors and pilots with securing the victory.

Listen to Oral History
Mr. Daniel Inouye

Mr. Daniel Inouye, Captain, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Senator from Hawaii, 1963-2012

Mr. Inouye was a Captain with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT). The 442nd RCT was a Japanese American volunteer unit, comprised of men poised to defend their nation while some of their families were held in confinement camps on the basis of ancestry alone. The 442nd fought bravely across Italy and became the most-decorated American unit of WWII. Inouye received the Medal of Honor for actions near San Terenzo, Italy on 21 April 1945. Following the war, Inouye became involved obtaining statehood for Hawaii and served in the United States Senate from 1963-2012.

Listen to Oral History
Mr. Don Malarkey

Mr. Don Malarkey, Sgt. Company E; 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; 101st Airborne Division

Mr. Malarkey was a paratrooper with “Easy Company” of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Malarkey was present at the assault on Brecourt Manor, which is one of the best examples of a small unit working cohesively during the Battle of Normandy.

Listen to Oral History
Mr. Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk

Mr. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, Major, US Army Air Force

Mr. Van Kirk was the navigator aboard the Enola Gay. His training at Wendover Air Field prepared him for the most famous bombing mission of WWII. Mr. Van Kirk discusses the flight aboard the Enola Gay and the skill it took to drop the bomb and quickly turn out of harm's way.

Listen to Oral History

Ms. Janice Benario, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES)

Ms. Benario volunteered for US Navy service during World War II with an interesting twist. She was given clearance for the highest level communication as a cryptologist. Ms. Benario read German Naval Command messages from the German High Command and U-boats. She discusses the special training she received in a secret cryptology class at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and the work that she did during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Mr. Vernon Baker, First Lieutenant, 370th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division

In 1997, Vernon Baker was the only living recipient among seven African American men who received the Medal of Honor after the US Army identified systemic racial discrimination in the awarding of decorations during World War II. Mr. Baker entered the service in June 1941, after first being denied entry due to his race. Mr. Baker discusses serving in Italy and the actions that ultimately earned him the Medal of Honor.