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Visiting the Museum

8 Mercer Road, Natick, MA 01760
visit@imwwii.org
508-651-1944

Visiting The International Museum of World War II is a unique experience. You will see the most comprehensive collection of World War II artifacts, letters and documents in the world. More than 7,500 pieces are on display, integrating the human, political and military stories of the global war. It is an intense, emotional experience. Many durable artifacts can be handled, and touched. Note that all guns in the Museum are inoperable and cannot be made to fire.

How do I visit?
Presently we are booked with school groups during the week. Our present building is not large enough to accommodate both school groups and other visitors at the same time. On Saturdays we are open from 9 AM to 4 PM for general visiting on a first come, first served basis. You do not need to schedule your visit ahead of time. You do need to fill out a waiver and bring ID.

If the Museum becomes too crowded, you may have to wait to enter. Last entry is 3 PM.

The Museum is occasionally closed for special events which we post on Facebook. We post weather closings on Facebook and on local television stations.

You must sign a waiver of liability.

We require all visitors to sign a waiver of liability in advance and bring it with them, along with I.D. Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and their parent or guardian must also sign the waiver. Download waiver here.

Admission fees.
This includes the complimentary use of an Acoustiguide audio tour.

World War II Veterans Free
Adults $25
Seniors (65 and over) $20
Under 18 years (with adult) $15
Group visits
(More than 15 people)
Send e-mail to visit@imwwii.org
School group visits Contact swilkins@imwwii.org

What if I forget my waiver?
You can fill one out at the Museum on arrival.

What if I forget my I.D.?
You will have to come back another time.

How do I pay?
You pay when you arrive. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. Checks should be made payable to The International Museum of World War II. Contributions above the required amount are welcome to support our educational programs, operations, and capital campaign.

Is the Museum appropriate for children?
We believe the Museum is not appropriate for children younger than 12 years old and do not allow them to visit, even with adult supervision. We do admit young people 12 to 18 years old with the understanding that they will stay with their parents or guardians throughout the visit.

What about groups?
For groups of 15 or more, contact visit@imwwii.org to schedule in advance. For school groups, contact swilkins@imwwii.org.

How do I get there?
You can get to the Museum by car, public transportation or on foot from the Natick Mall. The Museum is conveniently located near three major Massachusetts highways, I-90, I-95 (Route 128) and Route 9. See Printable Directions below.

If I drive, where do I park?
There is ample parking at the Museum and it is free.

What can I bring into the Museum?
We do not allow purses, tote bags, backpacks, or weapons of any kind to be brought into the Museum. You must pass through a metal detector when you enter and exit. No food or drink.

Is the Museum handicap accessible?
The Museum is all on one floor with a ground level entrance available. We can accommodate wheelchairs but do not provide them.

I have some things in my family I want to donate to the Museum. May I bring them with me?
Please do not bring artifacts with you as we do not have secure storage for them. If you would like to make a donation, please e-mail artifacts@imwwii.org with a description, photograph and your contact information. We will respond to you.

Do you have gift certificates?
You can purchase a gift certificate by contacting our office at contactus@imwwii.org.

Are there tours?
We offer an Acoustiguide tour free with the price of admission. Acoustiguide audio recordings allow you to play and pause as you tour the Museum.

May I take photographs?
You may take photographs as long as you follow our guidelines which are explained to you during a brief orientation. Media and professional photo shoots require advance permission from our public relations manager.

Is there a place to eat?
Unfortunately the Museum does not have a café at the present time. There are numerous cafés, delis and restaurants adjacent to the Museum. The Natick Mall is across the street. The new Museum will have a café and other visitor amenities.

Is there a gift shop?
We do not have a gift shop at the present time. You can buy books related to the Museum at www.amazon.com. The new Museum will have a gift shop and other visitor amenities.

PRINTABLE DIRECTIONS

Via CAR

Boston and points east:
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) towards Worcester. Take Exit 13 towards Natick. You will be very briefly on Route 30. Turn right at the light onto Speen Street. Take Route 9 West. At the first light turn left onto Dean Road. You will see Dick’s. The Museum is behind Dick’s at 8 Mercer Road. It is 1.1 miles from the Turnpike.

New Hampshire and points north:
Take I-93 South towards Salem/Boston. Merge onto I-95 South (Route 128). Take Exit 25 for the I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike towards Albany, New York. Merge onto I-90 West/Massachusetts Turnpike towards Worcester. Take Exit 13 towards Natick. You will be very briefly on Route 30. Turn right at the light onto Speen Street. Take Route 9 West. At the first light turn left onto Dean Road. You will see Dick’s. The Museum is behind Dick’s at 8 Mercer Road. It is 1.1 miles from the Turnpike.

Western Massachusetts and points west:
Take I-90 East/Massachusetts Turnpike East towards Boston. Take Exit 13 toward Natick. You will be very briefly on Route 30. Turn right at the light onto Speen Street. Take Route 9 West. At the first light turn left onto Dean Road. You will see Dick’s. The Museum is behind Dick’s at 8 Mercer Road. It is 1.1 miles from the Turnpike.

New York and points south:
Take I-91 North. Proceed to Exit 29 and merge onto CT-15 North. Keep left to take I-84 East towards Boston. Merge onto I-90 East. Take Exit 13 towards Natick. You will be very briefly on Route 30. Turn right at the light onto Speen Street. Take Route 9 West. At the first light, turn left onto Dean Road. You will see Dick’s. The Museum is behind Dick’s at 8 Mercer Road. It is 1.1 miles from the Turnpike.

Via PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Take the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line outbound toward Riverside. Exit tram at Woodland (stop after Waban). Leave station, turn left, and walk 600 ft. to Woodland MBTA Train Station. Board the MWRTA (MetroWest Regional Transit Authority) Green Line Shuttle bus toward Natick Mall. Exit bus at Natick Collection – Macy’s (after Mathworks Lakeside). There are taxis across the street. Take taxi to 8 Mercer Road in Natick (about 0.4 miles)

Walking from the NATICK MALL

Cross Route 9 at the stoplight opposite the Container Store. We are behind Dick’s Sporting Goods which will be straight ahead of you. Turn right at the end of the road (Dean Rd.) and turn right onto Mercer Road. The Museum is immediately on your left.

FOR YOUR COLLECTION

Politics, War and Personality
Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed the World

Tom Hanks was the inspiration for this book when he said at the premiere of the HBO series The Pacific that "The Museum is the repository for the actual Holy Grail documents of World War II." All fifty iconic documents featured in this book can be found in the Museum, from Adolph Hitler's earliest anti-Semetic rant written on the announcement of the Versailles Treaty to the order to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Throughout the museum the red letter V denotes the letters and documents included in the book. It is also available at book stores and on Amazon for $29.95.

World War II:
Saving the Reality

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 The reality of World War II told through fifty years of collecting artifacts, letters and documents from all areas of the war. This 142-page large-format book, with over 700 illustrations of pieces in the collection is available now at bookstores and Amazon. A DVD documentary about the Museum of World War II, narrated by Dan Aykroyd, is available at Amazon and is broadcast nationwide on PBS.