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.
DIRECTIONS: From the Mass Turnpike, get off at Exit 13 and stay to the right after going through the tolls, following the sign for 30 WEST - FRAMINGHAM. At the 2nd light (1st left turn) with FedEx on your left, take a left and head to the split, taking Route 9 East towards Boston. At the first light (Dean Road), turn right and follow the road until it ends at Mercer Rd. The Museum is #8 Mercer Road, with a Howeitzer cannon at the front.
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 per person 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.
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.
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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
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.