About Expressions of America
What is Expressions of America? +
Expressions of America is an outdoor immersive sound and light show celebrating the power of individual Americans to impact the world around them during a time of monumental conflict. The first-of-its-kind nighttime experience, available exclusively at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, will transport audiences to the 1940s through use of the latest projection technology and special effects combined with the written words, songs, and personal reflections of the everyday men and women who served our country in every way imaginable during World War II.
Where can I see Expressions of America? +
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.
Will Expressions of America only be at the Museum for a limited time? +
No. Upon its November 2022 premiere, Expressions of America will be a permanent addition to The National WWII Museum experience with several ticketed showings per week.
How often will Expressions run?+
Show times and dates will vary seasonally, with Expressions of America running three to four nights a week.
Is Expressions of America appropriate for all ages? +
Expressions of America is a family-friendly show for all generations. However, some scenes do depict wartime images, descriptions, and sounds.
Who developed Expressions of America? +
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.
What research went into its development? +
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 of 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.
About the Guest Experience
How long is Expressions of America? +
Expressions of America is an evening experience lasting approximately 90 minutes. The experience for Premium Dinner Package purchasers is about 2.5 hours.
What can I expect from the experience? +
Upon arrival, guests will explore a special custom exhibit, order food and drinks, and enjoy live entertainment before moving outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main sound and light show, which will last approximately 25 minutes. The main show will be followed by jazzy music and art projections outdoors. The Museum Store and American Sector Restaurant & Bar will remain open throughout the evening. Premium Dinner Package guests will arrive an hour early (or remain an hour later on select dates), and enjoy a three-course dinner with two cocktails/beverages included in addition to receiving reserved seating for the main show.
Will there be food and drinks to purchase onsite? +
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.
Can I bring in outside food and beverages?+
No. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.
Will alcoholic beverages be sold? +
Yes. Vintage cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits along with soda and water will be available for purchase.
Will there be seating available? +
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 seating for the main sound and light experience.
Are there live elements to the experience?+
Yes, the experience starts with a live entertainment pre-show in BB’s Stage Door Canteen. The main sound and light show and post-show feature life-like projections and a recorded musical soundtrack.
Is the entire experience outside?+
No, the evening experience will begin indoors with live entertainment, a custom exhibit, a photo experience, and food and beverage options before guests move outdoors to the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground for the main sound and light show.
What happens if it rains? +
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.
Are umbrellas allowed? +
Yes, use of umbrellas is allowed to protect patrons from rain during the show. However, we ask that you are mindful of those around you to ensure that views are not obstructed.
Will Museum exhibits be open during Expressions of America?+
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.
How much are tickets, and what do they include?+
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, the immersive sound and light show outdoors, 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, pre-show live entertainment, access to a special custom exhibit and other interactive experiences, the immersive sound and light show outdoors, followed by jazzy music and art projections. This 2.5-hour experience also includes exclusive, reserved seating for the main show and a souvenir photo print from the evening.
Are tickets refundable? +
All sales of Expressions of America tickets are final and nonrefundable. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Are there discounts for children/families to attend? +
Tickets for children under 5 are complimentary, and discounted rates are available for students in kindergarten through college. If you are interested in purchasing a Premium Dinner Package for a child under 5, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-528-1944.
Are there discounts for WWII veterans to attend?+
Expressions of America tickets for WWII veterans plus a companion are complimentary. Premium Dinner Packages are available to WWII veterans plus a companion at the discounted rate of $55.00.
What can I expect to see on the menu for the Premium Dinner Package?+
Menus will vary seasonally. A preview of the winter Premium Dinner Package menu is as follows:
First Course: Brown Butter Cauliflower Bisque, creamy cauliflower bisque with emulsified brown butter
Second Course Option 1: Filet Mignon, pickled golden beets, blueberry gastrique, white bean cassoulet and braised greens
Second Course Option 2: Pan-Seared Salmon, salmon with roasted beets, sautéed kale, crumbled goat cheese, pickled red onion, and satsuma beurre blanc
Third Course: Bob Hope’s Lemon Meringue Pie, 1940s USO Cookbook recipe
What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?+
Please contact email@example.com or 504-528-1944.
I purchased an Expressions of America Ticket. Can I upgrade to the Premium Dinner Package?+
Yes, contact us at 504-528-1944 x402.
How far in advance are tickets available?+
Expressions showings for November and December are on currently on sale. Future tickets will go on sale about 60 days in advance.
Do I need separate tickets to visit the Museum and experience Expressions of America? +
Yes. Expressions of America is its own ticketed experience that may be purchased with or without admission to The National WWII Museum. For a full Museum experience, packages are available that combine Expressions of America and a Museum Campus Pass. Special rates are also available at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. While purchasing Expressions tickets, guests may also add-on additional experiences such as the Beyond All Boundaries 4D film, Final Mission submarine experience, guided exhibit tours, and more.
Are discounts available for groups interested in attending Expressions of America? +
Yes, discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-528-1944 x 222.
Can I buy out an Expressions of America showing for a private event?+
Yes, please contact email@example.com or call 504-528-1944 x236 for details.
Planning your Expressions of America
Where should I park? +
The Museum’s parking garage is located at 1024 Magazine Street, right next door to The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. For details on parking rates and other nearby parking accommodations, visit https://www.nationalww2museum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/parking.
Where is the entrance for Expressions of America? +
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.
What time do doors open?+
The American Sector Restaurant & Bar as well as the Museum Store will be open for Expressions ticketholders at 5:00 p.m. if you wish to shop, have a drink, or order from the a la carte menu before your experience. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the show time on your ticket.
Does Expressions have accommodations for those with accessibility needs?+
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.