The National WWII Museum Hosts Groundbreaking Event For The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

Opening planned for 2019

NEW ORLEANS – As The National WWII Museum grows into a world-class institution, the need to serve a rapidly increasing number of visitors, students, scholars and educators also continues to grow.

The museum will officially break ground for The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at the hotel site on the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive and Magazine Street, adjacent to the museum. The rain venue will be the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, across the street from the hotel site.

The museum has a collective total of nearly 700,000 annual visitors. The Museum Board of Trustees established World War II Theatre, Inc., a wholly owned special purpose entity, to retain Hostmark Hospitality Group in the development and management of a hotel and conference center that will support the mission and growth of The National WWII Museum.

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The goal is for the property to become an integral component of the Museum campus and city of New Orleans, exposing an even greater number of visitors to the institution's educational mission. The opening date is set for 2019.

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