Museum Day 2017 is on Thursday, May 18, 2017: Today is the International Museum Day?
Thursday, May 18, 2017 is Museum Day 2017. Smithsonian Magazine hosts "Museum Day Live!" @ NOMA hosts 'Museum Day Live!'
Museum Day is really a celebration that's held every year around or on 18th May. Every year, the Advisory Committee from the Worldwide Council of Museums (ICOM) defines a particular theme for Museum Day.
If I had the privilege of visiting the great historic city of Athens, I would hope some benevolent citizen would give me a tour of most of the great museums. I would also tour the ancient ruins of Greece. I am sure it is a beautiful city of a wonderful nation. I don't believe I will have time to visit any, but I wished I could. I love museums, particularly the Smithsonians in Washington, DC. Have a good International Museum Day, friend....;)
Why is the D-Day Museum in New Orleans?
The first answer is correct and the main reason for the museum being in New Orleans is that Higgins boats were built in NOLA. The large-scale amphibious landings that took place during WWII could not have happened without the boats (or something like them).
Also, the museum was partly started by renowned historian Stephen Ambrose. Dr. Ambrose was Eisenhower's biographer (also Nixon's) and wrote many books like Band of Brothers. He was a professer of History at the University of New Orleans when the idea of a museum dedicated to the Normandy landings was turned into reality, and he was one of the founders of the museum.
Note that the museum was designated the National World War II Museum by Congress a few years ago and is undergoing a $150 Million expansion.
There is a good chance it will eventually become the National War Museum - the USA does not currently have a museum like the Imperial War Museum in London or the Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides in Paris. .
Smithsonian free museum day ticket?
I'm confused. I've never heard of "Smithsonian free museum day tickets". All of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are already free to enter. Could you elaborate?