The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has just expanded, according to Atlanta-based board member Michael Morris.
The museum, which opened in 2000, is “the only museum of its kind in the country,” and is designated as the official World War II museum of the United States, said Morris, who is also owner-publisher of the AJT.
When the museum first opened, it focused on D-Day and the Andrew Higgins boats that helped win the war, but was encouraged to expand, Morris said. The museum has since become a prime destination for visitors to New Orleans, he said. As both a museum board member and a member of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Morris is “eager to grow education cooperation and links between the two cities.”
Morris and Sally Levine, the executive director of the Georgia Holocaust commission, recently visited to learn about new programming, exhibits, and to begin building a relationship with the museum. They attended the grand openings of several of the museum’s initiatives, including the Liberation Pavilion. With the museum within driving distance of Atlanta, the collaboration is mutually beneficial to the museum and the Georgia Holocaust commission.
Groundbreaking for the pavilion was in October, and it is slated for completion in 2021. “When people hear ‘liberation,’ they usually think immediately about the camps,” Morris said. “But the pavilion is also about the liberation of all of Europe from the Nazis.
“The Liberation Pavilion will mark the final major physical addition to the museum, with three floors exploring the end of the war, the Holocaust, the immediate post-war years and the war’s continuing impact on our own lives,” the museum said in a press release.
Recently, the museum premiered a temporary exhibit on Operation Finale, detailing the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The exhibit will be open through Jan. 5.
The Hall of Democracy is another bold addition. It is a “three story, state-of-the-art research and education complex,” which will serve as a “preeminent education gateway” about World War II and will include large research and education departments, an exhibition hall and a library.