Monday, June 17, 2013

Roadtripping to National Museums-- Part 6

NATIONAL WORLD WAR  II MUSEUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA.

Soldiers' letters, an air raid shelter and a Sherman tank show how life was.  Founded by historian and author Stephen Ambrose, it also shows life in the prelude 1930s, the Normandy Invasion (D-Day) and the Pacific battles.

Highlights include a reproduction Higgins boat, the landing craft that carried soldiers ashore in amphibious assaults (the one on "Saving Private Ryan" when they landed on D-Day).

Visitors can get up-close views of ongoing restoration work in the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion.

Opened in 2000 as a D-Day museum, it is now designated as the nation's official World War II museum by Act of Congress in 2003.


MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, PHILADELPHIA, PA.

It is in the process of being built and scheduled to open in 2016.  The centerpiece is the 20-foot-long tent used by General George Washington as an office and sleeping quarters during the war.  The museum will house original artifacts, manuscripts, rare books and works of art.

Patrick Henry's law books, Bristish and American muskets, canteens and diaries will help relate the story of our War for Independence.


How about a War of 1812 Museum?  To my knowledge, there isn't one.  And there was no mention of the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, but then again, there are a lot of museums.

If Only We Can Afford the Gas to Get There.  --RoadDog

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