Founded in 2000 by the late University of New Orleans historian and popular author Steven E. Ambrose (1936-2002), the National World War II Museum started out as a museum devoted to the Allied Amphibious invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and is still referred to as the “D-Day Museum” on some older signage around New Orleans. Renamed the National World War II Museum in 2003 and greatly expanded since New Orleans was devastated by flooding following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the museum features excellent, though U.S.-centric, immersive exhibits on the course of the war and a collection of high-quality artifacts of all kinds.
About 11 World War II aircraft are displayed at the museum as of 2016. Some are excellent quality restorations of machines with documented combat histories, while others do not meet the standards of other museums of this general caliber.
The NWWIIM’s web site can be visited here.