Our Views: Museum hits new record

We’re delighted by the news that the National World War II Museum in New Orleans set a monthly attendance record last month, recording more than 54,000 visitors in March. That’s the highest monthly visitation in the museum’s 13-year history.

Eighty percent of the museum’s visitors come from out of state, according to Stephen Watson, the chief operating officer at the museum.

New exhibits, including the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, have helped increase attendance. The pavilion includes a restored B-17E Flying Fortress bomber, along with several other vintage World War II airplanes.

While we welcome the presence of the vintage military hardware at the museum, we’re grateful that the museum is more than a collection of fighting machines. Other exhibits at the museum help explain the cultural climate of the war, both at home and on the battlefront. Those are especially important resources for younger patrons.

We hope that the national popularity of the museum reminds Louisiana residents to visit this homegrown treasure, too. More information about the museum is available at http://www.nationalww2museum.org.