Want to take a one-of-a-kind historical road trip? Step into the past and learn about the incredible tales of bravery, courageous individuals, and events that shaped our country’s fate during World War II with these museums to visit throughout the United States.
While the Big Easy may not be the first place you think of when you think of war memorials, the National WWII Museum has perhaps the most comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts in the entire country. Check out Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience. It will put you on the most successful submarine of World War II. Plus, the new interactive 4D experience Beyond All Boundaries” takes viewers through the war in a groundbreaking new way.
Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA)
This museum in southeastern Massachusetts, known as “America’s Fleet Museum,” features some of the military’s most storied ships. See everything from Destroyers to Submarines. The Battleship Massachusetts, USS Lionfish, and the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. are all here. You’ll also find exhibits dedicated to Pearl Harbor and an on-site maritime museum. Kids will love the Fall River Carousel, which has plenty of historic charm.
American Airpower Museum (Farmingdale, NY)
Located in a former airplane hangar—the site of Republic Aviation—the American Airpower Museum on Long Island lets visitors get up close and personal with some of the most instrumental WWII aircraft. It puts them right in the action with opportunities like a D-Day reenactment and T-6 WWII Trainer experience. It’s also one of the only places that still fly some of these amazing planes, including the Republic P-47D Fighter. A wealth of historic artifacts round out the collection.
National Museum of the Pacific War (Fredericksburg, TX)
This maritime complex was originally named for hometown hero Chester W. Nimitz and is the site of three separate museums spread across six acres. The Pacific Combat Zone is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor exhibit that puts you right in the action, complete with trench replicas and military vehicles. Then the Japanese Garden of Peace offers tranquility and a place to reflect. And the Plaza of Presidents pays tribute to those leaders who served in WWII.
Thank you for your service!
The museums would like to thank you also by offering free admission to veterans. Each one might vary, so make sure to double check with the particular location you plan to visit. Enjoy your visit.