Driving Instructions

6701 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126

From New Orleans West Bank

Take US-90 BUS East and cross the Crescent City Connection into downtown New Orleans. After passing the Smoothie King Center on your right, take I-10 East toward Slidell. Continue onI-10 East, taking exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From Metairie/Baton Rouge

Take I-10 East from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes tothe end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From the North

Follow I-55 South and then take I-10 East. Follow I-10 East for 23.6 miles. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.

From North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain

Drive the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway south to I-10 East. At the I-10/610 split, stay on I-610 East, merging onto I-10 East to Morrison Road. Take exit 241 for Morrison Road. Continue on Morrison, taking a right on Downman Road. You will eventually come to a seawall, where you will turn right onto Stars and Stripes Boulevard. Follow Stars and Stripes to the end and follow signage directing you where to park.

FAQs

Expand to get the answers to frequently asked questions about touring and riding PT-305.

Where is PT-305 located?

PT-305 is housed in the newly constructed boat house at Lakeshore Landing. The vessel is not located on the Museum campus. Please refer to directions located on the website or contact us at 504-528-1944 x 257 for assistance with directions.

Do you offer a shuttle from the Museum campus to the boathouse?

Yes, transportation for guests who have purchased PT-305 rides is available from The National WWII Museum’s campus to Lakeshore Landing, where the boathouse is located, for $29 per person round-trip. This is approximately a 30-minute ride each way and will depart from the Museum 45 minutes prior to the scheduled ride time. The shuttle picks up outside the Museum’s Jeri Nims Soda Shop. This service must be pre-booked with PT-305 ticket purchase and is not offered in conjunction with deck tours.

How is seating assigned for PT-305 Rides?

PT-305 can accommodate up to 17 guests on specially designed “ammo cases” that are equipped with handles for safety.

Do I have to purchase my tickets in advance, and if so, how far in advance?

Tickets for deck tours and rides aboard PT-305 must be purchased in advance online, by contacting the Museum at 504-528-1944 x 257, or in person at the Museum. We expect the first year of operation tickets to go quickly, so guests should plan early and reserve as soon as possible. You may also purchase tickets on-site at the boathouse—however, this is not advised.

What do I wear?

We suggest guests wear sturdy shoes with little or no heel (no flip flops) and comfortable, casual clothing. On occasion, the deck and gangway may be slippery and necessitate shoes with traction to avoid slipping. We do recommend those riding PT-305 to wear sunscreen, as the vessel does not provide cover. Should there be light rain or mist, ponchos are available for purchase on-site. Umbrellas are not allowed on board.

What will a ride aboard PT-305 feel like?

PT-305 is a wooden-hull vessel designed for military use. On occasion, water conditions may determine how smooth the cruise experience may be. Headphones will be provided to buffer noise from the engines and also provide occasional historical narration during your ride.

What safety precautions are taken?

There will be an informative safety video shown in the boathouse for both deck tours and rides, as well as further safety guidance once aboard PT-305.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes. Children must be 12 or older for both deck tours and rides aboard PT-305.

When should I arrive and how long does the experience last?

We ask guests to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to their scheduled ride or deck tour. We anticipate the complete deck tour experience to last approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Those that have purchase ride tickets should anticipate the full experience to last 90 minutes—including time in the boathouse.

Who will be aboard PT-305 when I ride?

PT-305 is staffed with a crew of six maritime industry professionals, including a captain, two engineers, and three deck-crew members who have all undergone thorough training on safe operation of the vessel.

May I take pictures during my ride or deck tour?

We require riders to remain seated at all times. Hands must be free to hold on to safety handles. Safe storage for purses and other belongings will be provided by staff in the boathouse during your ride. Riders and deck-tour participants are always welcome to photograph the vessel while docked within the boathouse.

What if weather and/or water conditions don't allow for safe operation of PT-305?

Guests who have purchased ride tickets will be notified no less than two hours prior to scheduled ride time in the event weather or water conditions do not allow for safe operation of PT-305. Based on the unpredictability weather patterns, on occasion, you may be inconvenienced by a brief delay in the commencement of your ride. In some instances, this brief delay can allow for conditions to clear for a safe and successful operation of the ride.

We will do our best to accommodate your make-up ride on the same day based on weather conditions and availability. Alternatively, our date is exactly 24 hours after the scheduled ride time (Sundays). Should you wish not to participate on the alternately scheduled ride time, a full refund will be provided to the original form of payment used for ticket purchase. Deck tours will typically operate rain or shine as the vessel is fully covered within the newly constructed PT-305 boathouse.

What does my ride ticket support?

PT-305’s three Packard engines run on aviation fuel, same as during World War II. She is operated by an experienced, specially trained crew of six, and managed by a professional staff. PT-305’s custom-built boathouse is designed to protect her from the elements and provide a space for visitors to view video presentations and exhibit panels. Finally, PT-305, her crew, and guest riders are covered by comprehensive, highly customized insurance policies.

Are there group rates?

Yes. Groups that wish to charter PT-305 or desire a private deck tour experience may do so, based on availability. Please contact the Museum’s Travel & Conference Department for more information and special pricing.

Is the PT-305 available for private events?

Yes. The custom-built boathouse is ideal for intimate group receptions and dinners. Please contact the Museum’s Event Sales Department at 504-528-1944 x 236 for more information.

Is there an opportunity to purchase souvenirs during my visit?

The PT-305 boathouse includes a retail outlet that offers a number of unique PT-305 branded items for purchase for guests to remember their very special visit aboard this one-of-a-kind artifact.