At Jackson Barracks...
Featured from August of 2022 through January of 2023 is the National WW2 Museum's special exhibit The Pelican State Goes to War featuring artifacts, photographs and oral histories that highlight Louisiana's extraordinary contributions toward America achieving victory in World War II. This exhibit will be retired after this showing so check it out before its gone!
Many citizens of Louisiana contributed to victory in World War II on the battlefield, with nearly 280,000 individuals from the state serving in the armed forces during the war. The Pelican State Goes to War will share the courageous stories of Louisiana’s six Medal of Honor recipients, which represent sacrifice and devotion. The exhibit will also explore tales of the Louisiana Home Front, from the great mobilization efforts of Higgins Industries, to first grader Billy Michal’s scrap collection for school.
Permanent exhibits are organized by time period and major conflict. Our most recent displays include: the Louisiana National Guard's role in the Spanish American War featuring the deck gun from the USS New Orleans; the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and our World War II exhibit where we tell the story of the Louisiana Guard's contribution to the war alongside an early war Stuart Light Tank, a Norden Bombsight and actual walls from a WWII barracks. Also recently completed is our Wall of Weapons with over 194 pistols, revolvers, rifles, muskets and crew-served weapons from our Small Arms Collection.
Other permanent exhibits include "Path to Statehood" covering the years 1718-1812 and the development of the Louisiana Militia; "Over There, Louisiana National Guard in World War I" featuring a 1917 Cadillac staff car and rare Renault Tank; "Boots in the Sand - the Louisiana National Guard's Role in the Liberation of Kuwait, 1990-91"; "Louisiana National Guard in the Cold War 1946-1989" where you can see the view of a Louisiana Air Guard pilot from the cockpit of an F-4 Jet; the National Guard's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the ongoing conflicts in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Developing exhibits include the Mexican War where we proudly display one of our earliest pieces - an 1848 27-star national flag and the Civil War exhibit where we have uniforms, equipment and artillery pieces as well as a rare, late-war letter penned by General Robert E. Lee.
At Camp Beauregard...
Some of the oldest artifacts at the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum include an 1840s British Belt Plate, a Louisiana Colonel’s uniform, a cannon ball from the Civil War Red River Valley Campaign and the Battle Flag of the Madison Artillery. The Spanish-American War and Mexican Border War campaigns are represented by an officer’s saber, a campaign medal and the original sheet music of a march written for the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Louisiana Infantry or the 3-156 Infantry today. The World War I exhibit displays photographs of daily life at Camp Stafford – which later became Camp Beauregard - as well as artifacts from the 114th Engineer Battalion, 39th Division and photos of the 17th Division in training. The majority of our exhibits tell the story of the Louisiana Maneuvers – large-scale training operations carried out across Central Louisiana in the build-up for World War II. Items range from a railroad spike for the Claiborne-Polk Military Railroad to a shoeshine box carried by a local boy. Post cards and license plates exemplify the many camps and Army Airfields in the area at this time. Personal items such as V-Mail and sweetheart pillows are on display in our home front exhibit. Several Axis Forces artifacts are on display such as a German “Sturmgewehr,” a Japanese knee mortar and Japanese propaganda leaflets targeted toward American Soldiers. A burned battle flag flown from a Japanese warship in Hiroshima Harbor illustrates the tragedy and cost of war along with Concentration Camp money and charts used by the Nazis to label “Ubermenchen” and “Untermenchen” (Super human and sub Human races). The Korean War exhibit shows our first night fighting system the M3 Carbine with “Snooper Scope” attachment. We also have a PPSH-41 submachine that was carried by both the North Korean and Chinese Troops, an M40 Recoilless 106mm Rifle and a Chinese 82mm mortar. Don’t forget to visit our outdoor Vehicle Park where you will find Tanks, Anti-tank, Artillery, Engineer and wheeled vehicles!
Lewis Machine Gun
Location: Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum
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Location: Jackson Barracks Museum
New Orleans, LA