Details: Modern History

Due to the magnitude and impact World War II had on the world, it’s no wonder that the National World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans has quickly become touted as one of the best museums in the world. Visitors flock from all over the United States and abroad to visit and learn about a time that impacted the lives of so many.

Differing greatly from the gloom of the war was the fashion and style of the 1930s and ‘40s. All of the glitz, glamour and Art Deco style of the era is celebrated in the new National WWII Museum’s Higgins Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Higgins Hotel is located on the museum’s expansive campus at Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Drive. Named after the famous New Orleans inventor and boat builder Andrew Higgins — who some name as an integral part of winning the war — the Higgins Hotel highlights the man known as the “American Noah,” and his work during the war, as well as the men and women who fought.

From the moment you step foot into the building on Magazine Street, you are immediately transported into a subtle, but non-cliché ode to the ‘30s and ‘40s, complete with chandeliers, plush seating areas and a glamourous lobby reminiscent of the grandeur of the lobby of Manhattan’s famed Empire State Building.

For the couple looking to add a little nostalgia into their nuptials, The Higgins Hotel has 230 guest rooms with eight one-bedroom suites and three VIP suites that are perfect for day-of bridal party preparation or the nights before or after a wedding celebration. The large Acadia Ballroom can be split into four different sections, with 18,000 square feet of meeting and conference space throughout the building that can be tranformed into a reception area, rehearsal dinner or any other wedding necessity. The Rosie’s on the Roof rooftop bar with its Rosie the Riveter theme not only gives guests a stunning view of the museum campus and the city skyline, but also a private area that can be rented out for welcome parties or small events.

For more information on the Higgins Hotel stay tuned to the “Let Them Eat Cake” blog.


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