New Orleans was chosen as the site of the original D-Day Museum due to the fact that the Higgins Boats, that transported the thousands of troops who landed on the French shores, were designed, built and tested by Higgins Industries located within the city. The creation of the museum was led by its founder, author and historian Stephen Ambrose, who was born and raised in New Orleans. The Band of Brothers author then witnessed his efforts expand beyond his dreams as the museum outgrew its original Louisiana Pavilion building into several massive exhibit halls.
In 2009, the museum added its Solomon Victory Theater that features its 4D Beyond All Boundaries documentary which provides visitors with an overview of the war. The John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion was completed in 2011 and is tasked with restoring newly acquired artifacts as well as maintaining and preserving those already within the museum. It features glass exterior walls that permits visitors to view the restoration and preservation efforts as they happen.
The largest building on the campus, Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, opened in 2013 and features larger artifacts from the war, especially aircraft, many of which hang from its ceiling. Those aircraft include a B-17E Flying Fortress, a B-25J Mitchell bomber, and a P-51C Mustang fighter among others. The Campaigns of Courage Pavilion opened with its Road to Berlin Exhibit in 2014 and added its Road to Tokyo Exhibit the next year. Further expansion of the museum is planned as evidenced by the advent of a $300 million capital campaign in 2015, which will dedicate some of its funds to the completion of its newest building, the Liberation Pavilion.
The museum features various permanent exhibits as well as rotating ones, such as its State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. It also sponsors traveling exhibits, an example being its Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II exhibit. It also features lectures, a Meet the Author series, and a variety of symposiums. The museum also offers dining options at its American Sector Restaurant and Bar and live show at its Stage Door Canteen which also features live shows.