$41M, 234-Room Hotel, Conference Center Planned For WWII Museum

NEW ORLEANS – TripAdvisor ranks it the #1 Attraction in New Orleans and the #4 museum in the nation. USA Today reports its the #1 Best Place to learn about U.S. military history, and it’s been designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II.

         The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., consists of multiple buildings featuring artifacts, exhibits, galleries, planes, live stage shows and a 4D movie showcasing the history and contributions of America’s “Greatest Generation.”

         The Museum announced it is continuing to create its own history by building a new 234-room hotel and conference center at its Warehouse District complex.

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         NOLA.com/ The Times Picayune’s Richard Thompson reports the museum’s plans were outlined in an application for a building permit filed this week with the city and calls for an $41 million, eight-story building plus a restaurant, roof deck, lounge and a nearly 10,000 square-foot conference center at 1000 Magazine St.

         Thompson reports the 107-foot-tall building will run the full length Andrew Higgins Drive between Magazine and Constance Streets by the museum's 450-space parking garage.

         About 85 percent of the museum's visitors are from out-of-state, Thompson reports, and about half said going to the museum was the reason they chose to visit New Orleans.

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