NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A popular travel website company named the National WWII Museum as one of the top museum destinations in the U.S. The museum ranked fourth place in the nation, and 11th in the world, according to TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards.
"We are delighted to receive this honor from TripAdvisor and all the travelers who visit our Museum," said Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, PhD, president and CEO of The National WWII Museum. "The award is a true testament to the tireless work of our Board of Trustees, staff members and volunteers, and the connections they make with visitors every day. We're honored to share the story of the Greatest Generation, and we're proud to continue advancing our educational mission while providing an enriching and inspiring experience to travelers around the globe."
TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice awards determine its rankings based on quantity and quality of consumer ratings gathered over a 12-month period.
Here's a list of the top five:
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2. Art Institute of Chicago
3. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
4. The National World War II Museum
5. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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The National WWII Museum is in the process of a $370 million expansion project, which will include new galleries. According to a press release, the focus of the new galleries will recall prewar domestic debates, the attack on Pearl Harbor, military recruitment and training, treatment of minority groups, manufacturing efforts and the Manhattan Project.
The institution closed fiscal year 2016 with nearly 700,000 visitors – an almost 15 percent increase from fiscal year 2015, which landed close to 600,000. The Museum's membership – now at 147,000 – is also the highest its ever been, increasing by nearly 10 percent.