WWII Museums & Monuments

 

The National WWII Museum  |  New Orleans

ddaymuseum.org

“Explores the lives of American men and women who took part in World War II through letters, recruitment posters, weapons, models, and film.”

 

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum  |  Savannah, Georgia

mightyeighth.org

“Museum planners traveled throughout the United States and Europe, visiting museums and talking with staff from these institutions. The very best elements found among these facilities were then combined to create a dramatic 90,000-square foot museum complex. On May 14, 1996, to the applause of 5,000 8th Air Force veterans, their families, dignitaries, and supporters, the vision became a reality with the dedication of The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia, just west of Savannah.”

 

IWM Duxford  |  Cambridgeshire, England

iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

“Duxford airfield was assigned for United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) use in 1943 known by the USAAF as “Station 357 (DX)”. It was assigned to the Eighth Air Force fighter command.”

 

Museum of World War II  |  Natick, Massachusetts

museumofworldwarii.com

The Museum of World War II, Inc., with 10,000 square feet of display area, is described by London’s Imperial War Museum as “the most comprehensive display of original World War II artifacts on exhibit anywhere in the world.”

 

National Museum of the Pacific War  |  Fredricksburg, Texas

pacificwarmuseum.org

“The National Museum of the Pacific War is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Pacific Theater of WWII in order that the sacrifices of those who contributed to our victory may never be forgotten. We hope this online visit will make you wish to visit the museum in person.”

 

U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII  |  San Pedro, California

lanevictory.org/usmmvGeneral.php

Formed during the closing years of World War II, the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II (USMMVWWII) is a nationwide, tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Our aim is to memorialize the accomplishments and sacrifices of the U.S. Merchant Mariners during times of war and peace throughout our nation’s history and to inspire future generations of American mariners.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force  |  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio

nationalmuseum.af.mil

“The National Museum of the United States Air Force (formerly the United States Air Force Museum) is the official museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The NMUSAF is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.”

 

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum  |  New York City

intrepidmuseum.org

“This indestructible aircraft carrier fought in the turning-point Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines, withstanding five kamikaze strikes throughout the war. She served the U.S. Navy for another three decades and is now the focal point of this Manhattan (at Pier 86) museum with more than 25 aircraft.”

 

Japanese American National Museum  |  Los Angeles

janm.org

“Displays at this museum in the heart of L.A.’s Japantown chronicle the forced relocation and imprisonment of Japanese-Americans. Nearby is a granite monument etched with the names of Japanese-American veterans of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose heroics in Europe made it the most decorated unit of its size in U.S. Army history.”

 

Tillamook Air Museum  |  Tillamook, Oregon

tillamookair.com

“Vulnerable coastlines led to the construction of enormous hangars for surveillance blimps along the Pacific Coast. This original seven-acre, barrel-roofed wooden hangar now houses one of the country’s top private World War II aircraft collections. The chance to gape at the size of this building is worth the trip. And the Oregon coastline is remarkable.”