The National World War II Museum
Located in the business district of New Orleans is the National World War II Museum, one of Guardian Music and Group Travel’s favorite New Orleans attractions. Formerly known as the National D-Day Museum, this museum details of the United States’ involvement in World War II.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has been the designated by Congress as the official World War II Museum for America.
Since its beginnings in June of 2000, the museum has continued to open exhibits and expand. It has opened the Solomon Victory Theater, the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, and the Campaigns of Courage pavilion and there are current plans for more expansion with a Liberation Pavilion.
Guardian loves the National World War II Museum because of its interactivity. With a completely 4D movie experience in the Solomon Victory Theater that emphasizes the U.S. involvement in the Allied victory and multiple spaces that illustrate the war, you will be impressed, shocked and informed around every corner you look.
We recommend you allocate 2-3 hours to fully experience the engaging and interactive museum. With so many expansive exhibits and additions, every portion of the museum deserves to be explored in its entirety.
The Museum of Death
Opened in 2014, as a part of the growing exhibition, the Museum of Death is not for the faint of heart.
With the goal of “making people happy to be alive,” the Museum of Death New Orleans expansion branch features 12,000 square meters of space dedicated to a collection of death artifacts. These artifacts include but are not limited to photography, letters, artwork, taxidermy, and recreations of crime scenes.
The Museum of Death was started by JD Healy and Cathee Shultz to “fill the void in death education” and quickly expanded from its beginnings as an art gallery to now a multi-location museum.
The museum offers a self-guided tour that lasts 45 minutes and has no age limit, but we recommend it only to mature audiences.
The Museum of Death is an attraction where you can easily spend 2+ hours reading all the material and watching the movie featured in the museum. It is a perfect addition to New Orleans for groups looking to add a unique experience to their trip and for people who are fans of serial killers and the macabre!
Get up close and personal with the Mardi Gras floats and decorations at Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World is one of the most famous attractions in New Orleans and makes every day feel like it is Mardi Gras!
Opened in 1984, Mardi Gras World, is a widely popular tourist attraction that aims to show people behind the scenes to the floats and float building. At Mardi Gras World, you can visit and see the floats being built year-round, try on costumes and taste traditional King Cake.
Mardi Gras World is the working studio of Kern Studios which got its start in 1932 when the first float was pulled by a mule on the back of a garbage wagon. After numerous requests from people to see the famous floats up close during the building, Kern Studios decided to open up to the public.
We highly recommend this location for groups of art lovers or art students as they focus on various creative outlets and sculpture-making. Mardi Gras World not only builds intricate floats for Mardi Gras, but creates works for other businesses and is responsible for building the giant cows for Chick-Fil-A's billboards.
Mardi Gras World is open 7 days a week* for visitors to come and take a tour of the 300,000 square feet space and learn the science behind the floats as well as see how the artists reuse and recycle the decorations.
*Mardi Gras World is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Mardi Gras Day