National World War II Museum to open outside projection exhibit on 1940s Americans next year

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Courtesy: National WWII Museum

NEW ORLEANS, La (BRPROUD) – The National WWII Museum has added a night-time sound and light experience that celebrates the Americans of World War II.

“Expressions of America” will feature written words, songs, and personal reflections of the everyday men and women who served the country in every way imaginable during the 1940s. The display is an outdoor projection project that will be centered under the Bollinger Canopy of Peace. The projection of the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground will act as an outdoor theater.

Through architectural projection mapping technology provided by Mousetrappe, living murals will completely cover the museum’s exhibit halls. Stories will come to life to give audiences a realistic feel in the action by surrounding them with scenes and a moving sound system.

“Expressions of America will dramatically transform how today’s visitors connect to the men and women who served during World War II,” said Stephen J. Watson, Museum president, and chief operating officer. “This new experience will leverage the Museum’s extensive collection of personal accounts from the war as well as the distinct architecture of our campus to advance our educational mission in a new and exciting way.”

The exhibit will be hosted by Primetime Emmy award-winner Gary Sinise. “Expressions of America” will be presented by the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation.

“I know my father would be so honored not only to be featured in such an innovative production but also for the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation to be supporting an effort that will inspire the same appreciation that he had for all those who served in World War II and beyond,” said Bob’s daughter and Chair and CEO of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation Linda Hope. “We are excited to partner with the museum to highlight the stories of the WWII generation and inspire audiences today to share their own gifts and talents for the greater good.”

The exhibit officially opens on Veteran’s Day next year and will become a permanent night-time exhibit with showings set during the week. Ticket pre-sales will open to the public in 2022. For more information, visit the “Expressions of America” website.

“We are deeply grateful to the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation for sharing our vision and investing in such an innovative experience that will place audiences in the center of historical moments alongside individuals just like them who helped shape the world we live in today,” Watson said.

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