National WWII Museum Unveils New $3 million Restoration Pavilion

Visitors to watch curators refurbish historic PT-boat, tanks and other artifacts

The National WWII Museum hits another milestone in its ongoing $300 million expansion project with the June 4 opening of the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion. This latest addition to the Museum campus is unique, featuring glass exterior walls that will allow the public a permanent, behind-the-scenes view of the restoration and preservation of priceless World War II artifacts. Visitors will be able to see first-hand the techniques that conservators use to repair and restore boats, vehicles, weapons, military equipment and other artifacts which played an important role in winning World War II for the Allies.

One of the first items to be restored inside the 14,000-square-foot facility will be a Higgins Industries PT-boat, PT-305. Built in New Orleans, the vessel saw service in the Mediterranean Theater. Additional artifacts will include a Sherman Tank, numerous artillery pieces, a German Opal staff car and a Dodge ambulance.

The $3 million project is partially funded by an award from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world — why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and the Home Front.

For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org

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