What to Expect

What to Expect

What to Expect

We want you to see and understand what America and the rest of the world faced then  and we face today  by preserving, exhibiting, and teaching the entire global story. We are the only museum in the world to do this. You will have a unique experience. Here are a few things to know before your visit.

It is an emotional journey. You see what people at the time saw. You hear what they heard. You follow the story of the war by the side of the leaders and the people who lived and died during those dramatic years.

Everything is original. We believe in the power of objects to tell stories. Every artifact was chosen for its ability to tell a larger story. There are more than 7,500 artifacts, letters and documents on display.

Please touch. A unique feature of The International Museum of World War II is that you are encouraged to handle and touch durable artifacts.

The war changed everything. From lives, to borders, to alliances, to technology, to ideas, to ideologies, to values, we are different today because of the War. See how our lives were changed by the necessity to win.

Values. Everywhere in The International Museum of World War II, there is evidence of values. The clash of values is palpable. The winning ones are inspiring. Patriotism. Courage. Bravery. Fortitude. Perseverance. Ingenuity. Honor. Unity. Hope. Responsibility.

It resonates. This is what many people say after their visit to the Museum.


A tourist destination. The International Museum of World War II’s location in the Greater Boston area – the birthplace of the American Revolution and a symbol of the fight for freedom – is a destination for tourists.  Our visitors come from throughout the United States and around the world.

A wealth of historical experiences nearby. No American city has the wealth of history you will find in the Boston area.  When you visit The International Museum of World War II, you can make a circle around Boston visiting Plimoth Plantation, Concord and Lexington, and Salem.  You are not far from the city where you can visit the Freedom Trail, the U.S.S. Constitution, the John F. Kennedy Library and more.

The fight for freedom is a story that never grows old. Times may change but the currents and sub currents of human nature guarantee that the desire for freedom and the fight to hold on to it, will always be relevant.