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New Orleans: 'Expressions of America' Sound and Light Show

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Experience an unforgettable evening of entertainment with this ticket for the immersive outdoor sound and light show 'Expressions of America' at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

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  • Travel back in time with 90-foot-high projections and words from the past
  • Extend your experience with a 3-course dinner, 2 cocktails and a keepsake photo
  • Listen to unique stories hosted by actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise
  • Appreciate the lives of the men and women who helped with the WWII effort
  • Order a vintage cocktail, snacks and festive small plates before the show


Enjoy a show that celebrates the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict with this ticket for the 'Expressions of America' show in New Orleans.  Choose just to watch the 90-minute show or enhance your experience by extending it to a 2.5-hour experience including a mouth-watering three-course dinner with a reserved viewing area, two vintage-style cocktails, and a souvenir photo.  Have the option to order snacks, festive plates, and drinks before the the show. 'Expressions of America' combines the latest technology and special effects with the Museum’s extensive collection to provide you with an unforgettable nighttime experience unlike any other.  Begin your journey back to the 1940s by enjoying live entertainment reminiscent of the wartime era and exploring a mail call custom exhibit highlighting the role of correspondence and mail during World War II (the source material used to develop the show). Move outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main sound and light show, which lasts approximately 25 minutes and is hosted by actor Gary Sinise with music recorded by Preservation Hall Jazz Band members and other New Orleans musicians. Watch as special effects transform the museum campus and enter scenes projected as high as 90 feet tall. Get to know soldiers, nurses, chaplains, factory workers, artists, entertainers, and supportive loved who banded together during this time of strife.  See how real people contributed their own meaningful acts of sacrifice, ingenuity, bravery, and love to preserve freedom. All of the words in the show come directly from the everyday men and women who made a tremendous impact during a time of monumental conflict. After the show, stick around for jazzy music and more art projections outdoors. Discuss the unforgettable experience over drinks, and purchase a keepsake photo from the evening or a souvenir from the Museum Store.


Expressions of America show Pre-show live entertainment Access to special custom exhibit and interactive experiences Immersive sound and light show outdoors Jazzy music and art projections following the show Reserved viewing area (if dinner option selected) Three-course dinner (if dinner option selected) Two vintage cocktails/beverages (if dinner option selected) Souvenir photo print from the evening (if dinner option selected)

Important Information

  • The show will run rain or shine

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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