United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

The National World War II Museum first opened in New Orleans as the National D-Day Museum on the 56th anniversary of the Normandy invasion in 2000. Since that time, the museum has continued to expand to cover all of World War II. Part of this new expansion includes the United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, a 36,000 square foot addition that both honors all of the service branches who served in the war and displays the large artifacts that were a key part of the war effort.

Woodward Design+Build was proud to be chosen as the general contractor of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion. Of the several important components of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion, the Atrium features a soaring 5 story space to showcase some of the museum’s largest artifacts. Airplanes are frozen in flight in the newly constructed building, hanging above a large number of land vehicles. The Atrium features catwalks that allow visitors to get closer looks at planes such as a Boeing B-17G “flying fortress” and P51, as well as learn about the lives of pilots during WWII. The Submarine Experience provides visitors with an immersive and interactive experience based on the last war patrol of the USS Tang in the Pacific Theater. The second level of the museum contains the Services Gallery. This area educates the public about the roles and lives of the men and women that served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps and Merchant Marines.

This latest addition to the National World War II Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, January 13th.

“The United States Freedom Pavilion will be our largest building, a dramatic architectural statement anchoring the entire Museum campus,” said Dr. Gordon “Nick” Meuller, Museum President and CEO. “It will further our mission to tell all generations the epic story of the war that changed the world – every service, every campaign, every hero.”

National WWII Museum Press Release – August 27, 2010

Project Information

  • Category
    Special Construction Projects
  • Owner
    WWII Museum
  • Design
    Voorsanger Mathes, LLC
  • Size
    36,000 Square Feet
  • Budget
    $20,548,400
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    January 2013

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