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Visiting the Museum

Visiting the museum is a unique experience.  In addition to being the most comprehensive collection of original World War II artifacts anywhere in the world,  the exhibition- nearly 7,000 pieces-  integrates the human, political and military stories.  It is an intense experience made more so by the fact most artifacts are not behind or under glass. Most can be touched.

The exhibits flows chronologically and geographically (see the map under VIRTUAL TOUR), and for this reason we cannot have unscheduled groups starting at the same time. The overall museum is just 10,000 sq. ft. of exhibitions- and while it can have several hundred visitors at one time, we have to control the visitors beginning the tour to a number to make sure everyone has their best experience here. This factor, along with security procedures necessary because of the openness of the exhibits, means that we must SCHEDULE VISITS and unfortunately cannot accommodate drop -in visitors at this time. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up the time and date for your tour.

LOCATION of the Museum is just off Rt. 9 in Natick, across from the Natick Mall, 20 minutes from the center of Boston.  The exact address will be on the reservation form confirming your scheduled visit.  THE MUSEUM IS NOT LOCATED AT 46 ELIOT STREET.  This is the Administrative Offices only.  The Massachusetts Turnpike is within 5 minutes of the Museum.

SCHEDULED VISITS take place five days a week: Tuesday - Saturday. The best times to try scheduling a visit are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, although other days can be arranged. The time visitors spend is individual but our average visit is 3 ½ hours. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up the time and date for your tour.

It is required that you bring the printed and signed Release and Waiver when you arrive. The waiver form must be printed in advance and filled out before entering the museum. Exhibits have filled our reception area, and visitors filling out forms in reception makes it difficult for others. If you have any difficulty printing the waiver, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WORLD WAR II VETERANS,  both home front and military,  are given priority in booking visits; the museum is very handicap accessible and if wheelchair assistance is needed, tell us in advance and we can direct you to easy access. You can contact us directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACOUSTIGUIDES are available to give background and commentary on more than 50 marked stops in the museum. If a visitor listens to all the audio,  it is three and a half hours.

A MINIMUM CONTRIBUTION of $25 is necessary to support the overhead necessary to have the museum open for visitors. Checks can be made payable to The Museum of World War II.

Persons younger than 18 years old need to be accompanied by a parent. The museum is not entertainment, it is serious, and we welcome any young person with that attitude.

SCHOOL GROUPS. We welcome groups, especially those taking courses in World War II history. We have specific requirements for parental and teacher chaperones who are personally responsible for the behavior of the students. Because artifacts are so accessible, the museum is not the place for school outings and excursions that don’t have an educational focus. School visits need to be confirmed by telephone with us; please include phone contact. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS. The Crown Plaza Hotel is directly across the street and other accommodations are within easy walking distance. Restaurants , ranging from Japanese to Legal Seafood are within a five minute walk. The Natick Collection Shopping Mall is also within a five minute walk.

REQUIRED FORMS:
Release and Waiver (Click to load, then press Ctrl + P, or click the Print icon. Sign and bring to the Museum.)

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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 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.