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2014 was record year for National World War II Museum

2014 was record year for National World War II Museum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National World War II Museum is celebrating a record year.

The 515,000 visitors in 2014 broke the previous year's record by 14 percent, said spokeswoman Kacey Hill. She said March set the museum's all-time one-month record with 56,100 visitors — up from 54,300 a year earlier — and December's attendance set a record for that month at more than 46,000.

The museum marked its 4 millionth visitor in July, about a month after its 14th anniversary.

Its newest building, Campaigns of Courage, opened Dec. 13 with nine galleries about the European theater. Pacific theater galleries will open there this December, with the Liberation Pavilion, the last building in the current $325 million expansion, to be finished by late 2017.

The Liberation Pavilion will include exhibits about the end of the war and after, including how it continues to affect the world.

The museum opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum founded by author and historian Stephen Ambrose. Congress designated it the national World War II museum in 2004.

The museum's tentative plans include a Hall of Democracy pavilion to house outreach and academic programs, additional exhibits and a hotel and conference center.

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