Expressions of America is a first-of-its-kind nighttime sound and light experience celebrating the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict. Available exclusively at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans starting on Veterans Day 2022, Expressions of America will immerse audiences in written words, songs, and personal reflections of the everyday men and women who served our country in every way imaginable during World War II. Generously presented by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, Expressions of America will uniquely combine the latest outdoor projection technology with wartime letters and oral histories from the Museum’s collection to allow audiences to experience the stories of the WWII generation like never before.

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Expressions of America Coming in 2022

HIGHLIGHTING THE WWII GENERATION

Expressions of America will tell the stories of men and women who contributed in every way imaginable to help secure victory in World War II.

Major Birdie Daigle
Army Nurse Corps
Bronze Star Recipient

Sergeant Edward Carter
US Army
Medal of Honor Recipient

Bob Hope
Entertainer and Humanitarian
Honorary Veteran

Check back in upcoming months for additional profiles of the individuals you'll be introduced to during the Expressions of America experience

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the Expressions of America experience be like? +

Upon arrival, visitors will be fully immersed in 1940s America through an indoor pre-show experience featuring live entertainment, new custom exhibits, food and beverage offerings, and memorable interactions. Guests will then move outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main 20-minute sound and light show. Through architectural projection mapping technology, living murals will completely blanket the facades of the Museum’s exhibit halls—including Campaigns of Courage, US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and the upcoming Liberation Pavilion. Stories of the men and women of the WWII generation will appear to come to life, making visitors feel immersed in the action and surrounding them with realistic scenes projected as high as 90 feet tall. Archival photographs and footage from the Museum’s collection will be enriched with vivid original imagery and a moving soundscape to tell a story that is epic yet personal. A celebratory post-show experience will also take place outdoors as visitors reflect on their experience and enjoy music from the period.

Where will Expressions of America be located? +

Expressions of America will take place at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, with the main show playing outdoors on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground—located in the center of The National WWII Museum’s campus in New Orleans, beneath the Bollinger Canopy of Peace.

Will Expressions of America only be at the Museum for a limited time? +

No. Upon its premiere on November 11, 2022, Expressions of America will be a permanent addition to The National WWII Museum experience with several ticketed showings per week.

Will Expressions of America be included in Museum admission? +

Expressions of America will be its own ticketed experience that may be purchased with or without admission to The National WWII Museum. Visitors will be able to purchase packages that include Museum admission, add-on experiences, and/or overnight stays at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.

When can I start purchasing tickets for Expressions of America? +

The Museum expects to announce ticket package options and open pre-sales in early fall 2022. Sign up below to receive email alerts on the development of Expressions of America and the announcement of ticket pre-sales. If you are planning a private event at the Museum in November 2022 or later and are interested in booking Expressions of America as part of your group experience, please contact our Group Sales team at 504-528-1944 x 222 or email group.sales@nationalww2museum.org.

What research has gone into developing Expressions of America? +

The Museum has been working on the development of Expressions of America with Mousetrappe and Solomon Group for nearly five years. The concept for the experience is inspired by the world-renowned ‘son et lumiere’ concept of large-scale, outdoor sound and light displays that have become popular across the globe. The script for the show has been drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of oral histories, wartime letters, and archival footage. All of the words in the show will come directly from the men and women of the WWII generation such as US Army nurse Major Birdie Daigle, Staff Sergeant Edward A. Carter Jr., renowned entertainer Bob Hope, and others.