If you go
Where: 945 Magazine St. (entrance at Andrew Higgins Drive), New Orleans.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Admission: $21; $18 ages 65-79; $12 ages 5-12, 80 and up, students, active or retired military and spouse with ID; free for military in uniform. Show-only and museum-and-show tickets available. Parking $6 at visitor lot on Camp Street.
Information: 504-528-1944, www.nationalww2museum.org
Dining and entertainment: The main building contains a counter-service cafe with oversized hot dogs, sandwiches and what it bills as “homemade” Spam. Save your appetite for the full-scale restaurant, the American Sector, across Andrew Higgins Drive. It has a huge bar graced with glamorous black-and-white portraits of wartime USO stars. The gourmet dishes, including lobster pot pie, are devised by chef John Besh. The restaurant is in the building that houses the theater for the Tom Hanks produced-and-narrated 4-D film Beyond All Boundaries (10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; tickets range from $5 for kids 4 and under to $14). In this same annex is the Stage Door Canteen with 1940s-style live entertainment and a buffet. Entertainment includes a lunchtime revue of World War II tunes and patriotic songs by young women impersonating the Andrews Sisters and other USO entertainers of the era; a Sunday buffet brunch and show; and a Friday-Saturday dinner show. Tickets $30 to $60. Information: 504-528-1943 or www.stagedoorcanteen.org.