National World War II Museum, New Orleans, La. www.ddaymuseum.org
May is a great time to be in New Orleans, and this museum’s 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibits is a great reason to be there. Its four quadrants combine film footage and photos, documents and artifacts, oral history and state-of-the-art technology to put visitors into the you-are-there thick of the parade of D-days that won the war. Two vivid movies are shown daily. D-Day Remembered chronicles Operation Overlord, with voiceovers by its planners and footage from American, British and German archives. Price of Peace covers the Pacific Theater of Operations with similar thoroughness. This is one museum that’s not just for rainy days.
Originally published in the May 2007 issue of World War II Magazine. To subscribe, click here.