World War II museum to reopen Memorial Day

Jan 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; General overall view of airplanes on display at the the National World War II Museum.
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The National World War II Museum will reopen on Memorial Day -- May 25 -- after having been closed since mid-Marsh due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Following Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ proclamation and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s safe reopening plan, the Museum will operate at 25 percent of its total capacity while enacting new safety measures, including advance online ticket purchases, social distancing guidelines throughout pavilions and galleries, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols," the museum announced on its web site. "The reopening will be particularly meaningful on Memorial Day as we honor our fallen military personnel who valiantly served our country."

The museum is telling guests to buy tickets online in advance, and the tickets will be sold by set admission times, in fifteen minute windows, to help limit museum occupancy. 

The museum is also asking visitors to adhere to these other guidelines:
  • Please social distance when you are on the Museum’s campus—maintain a minimum distance of six feet from those outside your party. Look for markers indicating where to stand.
  • Museum galleries and exhibits will be capacity controlled. Once you have entered an exhibit, please continue forward in one direction. Do not walk back in the opposite direction.
  • We are requiring the use of face coverings for all staff, volunteers and visitors. Free masks will be available at the Museum entrance if you do not have one.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are positioned around campus. Please use them and the washing stations in our public restrooms.
  • Take the stairs if you can. Elevators are reserved for those who cannot take the stairs. Once inside the elevator, please stand as far apart as possible from others.
  • Oversized bags and luggage are not allowed in the Museum’s galleries. Coat and bag check are temporarily unavailable; please only bring smaller items you can carry around campus during your visit.
  • In accordance with official city guidelines, seniors and people with serious medical conditions should consider visiting us at a safer time, during a later phase of the city’s reopening.
  • If you are not feeling well, please enjoy our online content from home and plan to visit another day.