Museum Pass Allows Free Entrance into National Museum
Photo courtesy of National World War II Museum
NEW ORLEANS - One of the most popular museums in the country has become more accessible to locals – especially those who support the city’s public libraries.
The National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Public Library have partnered to create a Museum Pass Program that allows them to visit America’s WWII Museum for free. Orleans Parish residents can now check out a Museum Campus Pass from any of the 15 library locations that allow admission to The National WWII Museum.
One pass covers two adults and up to four children, and includes entry to “Beyond All Boundaries,” the museum’s 4D movie experience, and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience, as well as daily public education programs.
The ongoing program has been in the works for several months, but officially launched last week, on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
“Although we get tons of visitors every day, from all over the country and all over the world, we find it important that our resources – the history that's here, the things that we do – remain accessible for our local community,” said Amber Mitchell, the public engagement and community programs coordinator. “There's no better group in the New Orleans area to partner with than the New Orleans Public Library, since they serve so many different people from so many walks of life.”
The Museum Pass Program is open to any New Orleans resident (12 years and older) with a current library card. The pass can be checked out in-person at any library location’s circulation desk for a period of two weeks on a first come, first served basis. Pass availability can be accessed either by phone or through the library’s online catalogue at nolalibrary.org www.nolalibrary.org.
The program is designed to attract new visitors to the museum, but not necessarily to increase the organization’s profits.
“The main goal of this program wasn't to make money at all,” said Mitchell. “It was to make our museum more accessible to folks who are unable to come here for a variety of reasons, including the cost of getting in the door, because it’s very expensive for some people to come here, especially people in the New Orleans metro area.”
The National WWII Museum – ranked the No. 1 attraction in New Orleans and the No. 3 museum in the United States by 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards – currently spans five pavilions featuring several permanent exhibits, which tell the complete story of America’s road to war and the fight to secure freedom overseas.
Permanent exhibits include The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front, Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries, The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the institution’s original exhibit The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, which recently reopened to the public after undergoing renovations.
“Our primary goal is to make sure that the stories we've collected from veterans, survivors, and the home-front workers that were around during World War II, continue to be to be told; and that the lessons of the war are shared and learned from, for future generations,” said Mitchell, adding that they hope to develop similar programs throughout New Orleans. “We are always looking for new ways to engage with our communities.”
By Suzanne P. Tafur, Biz New Orleans associate news editor