The newest attraction at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans brings history to life like never before. Opening November 2022, Expressions of America is an immersive, outdoor sound and light show that combines cutting-edge technology and special effects with the real words and stories of everyday people who made a tremendous impact during a time of monumental conflict. Held as a nighttime experience, enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, stunning imagery, vintage cocktails, festive food options, and entertainment as projections 90 feet tall transport you back in time.
Expressions of America will take place exclusively at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, with the main sound and light experience happening outdoors on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground—located in the center of the Museum’s campus, beneath the Bollinger Canopy of Peace. Upon its November 2022 premiere, it will be a permanent addition to The National WWII Museum experience with several ticketed showings per week. Expressions of America is a family-friendly show for all generations. However, some scenes do depict wartime images, descriptions, and sounds.
Expressions of America was developed by The National WWII Museum in partnership with Mousetrappe, an internationally acclaimed leader in designing and producing media-based shows and experiences for museums, theme parks, expos, and cultural attractions. Mousetrappe collaborated with Solomon Group—an award-winning entertainment design and production firm—on the technical design. Additionally, the production’s original musical score features 1940s-era songs performed by New Orleans musicians, including members of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The Museum has been working on the development of Expressions of America with Mousetrappe and Solomon Group since 2016. 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 was drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of wartime letters, oral histories, and archival footage. All the words in the show will come directly from the men and women of the WWII generation: soldiers, nurses, chaplains, factory workers, artists, entertainers, and supportive loved ones on the Home Front.
Tickets range from $32.00 to $39.00 and include pre-show live entertainment, access to a special custom exhibit and other interactive experiences upon arrival, and the immersive outdoor sound and light show, which is followed by jazzy music and art projections. This 90-minute experience does not include food and beverage (available for purchase onsite), and seating for the main show is first-come, first-served on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground.
Premium dinner packages range from $92.00 to $99.00 and include a three-course dinner with two vintage cocktails/beverages included, in addition to everything listed above. The premium 2.5-hour experience also includes exclusive, reserved balcony seating for the main show and a souvenir photo print from the evening.
All sales of Expressions of America tickets are final and nonrefundable.
Guests will enter through Solomon Victory Theater Pavilion located on Founders Plaza near the Governor Pete Wilson Liberty Flagstaff on Andrew Higgins Drive. If exiting the Museum Parking Garage, walk to the intersection of Magazine and Andrew Higgins (near The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center entrance), and cross Magazine Street. Continue walking down Andrew Higgins Drive, past the President Roosevelt Sculpture bench. The entrance to Solomon Victory Theater Pavilion will be on your left.
Expressions of America is an evening experience lasting approximately 90 minutes. The experience for Premium Dinner Package purchasers is about 2.5 hours.
Yes. The American Sector Restaurant & Bar will be open with a full bar and a la carte menu options. 1940s-inspired snacks, vintage cocktails, and other beverages will also be available for purchase on site.
Premium Dinner Package guests will arrive an hour early (or remain an hour later for select dates) and enjoy a three-course dinner with two cocktails/beverages included in addition to receiving reserved balcony seating for the main show.
Yes. While the show will be projected on several buildings and was designed to be experienced standing, seating will be available on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground on a first-come, first-served basis for ticket holders. Premium Dinner Packages include reserved balcony seating for the main sound and light experience.
Yes, please visit https://www.nationalww2museum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/accessibility for more information on the Museum’s commitment to making its experiences accessible to all visitors. Additionally, the Museum is working closely with Mousetrappe, the Expressions of America production company, to provide closed captioning and other accommodations specific to the Expressions experience.
Expressions of America will run rain or shine. The Museum reserves the right to cancel due to severe weather to ensure the safety of its guests. If the show is cancelled, all guests will be refunded or rescheduled accordingly.
Museum exhibits will continue to close at 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and will not be open during Expressions of America. Upon arrival to Solomon Victory Theater, visitors will have access to a custom exhibit that highlights the role of correspondence during the war—the source material used to develop Expressions of America.