If you haven’t been to the World War II museum recently you’ll find a new feature next time you’re in town. The newly opened US Freedom Pavilion focuses on telling the story of our nation’s industrial capacity which reached unprecedented heights during WWII while exploring what it was like to be a member of the armed forces on land, at sea, or in the air. The new center features large artifacts from the war, including aicraft, artillery, tanks, and other equipment. The expansive space of the pavilion features elevated catwalks for a dramatic view of the aircraft interspersed with LED screens showing historical films and informational videos.

With the opening of the Freedom Pavilion the museum has also unveiled a new immersive and interactive submarine exhitib based on the last patrol of the USS Tang in the Pacific Theater. This new experience, called Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience, gives visitors the opportunity to man the positions and perform the battle actions of actual crewmembers–a wonderful activity for both kids and adults.

Even if you’ve previously visited the WWII museum, you’ll want to be sure to return to check out all the new and exciting features of the US Freedom Pavilion. More information on the museum can be found here.