3:33 p.m. CST January 23, 2004 - A planned $150 million expansion of the National D-Day Museum will add six new buildings, triple the exhibition space and take up nearly two full blocks in downtown New Orleans.
The museum has already raised about $40 million, mainly from state and federal governments. Nick Mueller, museum president, said he expects more money to come from individuals, corporations and foundations. Actor Tom Hanks is honorary chairman of the fund-raising campaign.
The expansion will add exhibits on all major campaigns of World War II, an educational adjunct for teachers and students, and the Center for the Study of the American Spirit, a library and research center with space for meetings and seminars.
Upon completion, the museum will mean $278 million in total spending, more than 4,000 local jobs and $18 million in state and local taxes each year, according to a museum news release.
The museum owns the new property and officials hope to complete construction by 2010.