The International Conference on World War II

March 4-6, 2021

at The National WWII Museum and The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

Pritzker Military Museum & Library


Due to increased uncertainty regarding travel restrictions for the remainder of the calendar year, the 2020 International Conference on World War II has been rescheduled from November 2020, to March 4-6, 2021. We are committed to adhering to social distancing guidelines as well as strict sanitation protocols, and have reduced the capacity for our conferences and symposia this year. The safety of our guests is our top priority and we will provide specific details on what to expect to registrants prior to the conference.

Please note, we do anticipate hosting the 2021 International Conference on World War II in November 2021.

About the Conference

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has hosted The International Conference on World War II since 2006—bringing together the best and brightest scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to history from around the globe to discuss key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies of the war that changed the world. In addition to the many returning presenters, the Conference Planning Committee makes an effort to invite new historians each year to share their latest findings.

Joining the featured speakers are hundreds of attendees who travel from all over the world to learn more about this epic event. With an emphasis on nonacademic presentations and encouraging presenters to be more conversational than presentational, the Conference strives to connect with the audience through engaging discussions, question and answer periods, book signings, and receptions throughout the weekend.

With the generous and continued support of the Museum’s longstanding partner and Conference presenting sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, The International Conference on World War II remains the world’s leading convention of WWII experts, students, and enthusiasts.

2020 Conference Topics:

  • “End of the War in the Pacific”
  • “1942: The Turning Point”
  • “Preserving and Teaching Holocaust History”
  • “Destroyer: Artillery in World War II”
  • “The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food”
  • With pre-Conference Symposium “Combat Reporting: Journalism in World War II”

The full program schedule to be released in April 2020.

Watch Conferences From Previous Years:

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

  • Higgins Hotel Exterior
  • Higgins Hotel Room
  • Photo of Stephen Watson
  • Adorable Veteran
  • Book Signing
  • Distinguished Scholars
  • Studious Attendees
  • Cheers
  • Packed House
  • Q & A
  • Panel

The official hotel of The National WWII Museum, this stunning art-deco style property offers first-class accommodations, meeting spaces, and dining options providing a sophisticated lodging experience for guests. Named after local Higgins Industries shipbuilder Andrew Higgins, the Hotel pays tribute to a historic time when all Americans came together to secure victory and help change the world.

Through artifacts, artwork, photography, and personal story plaques, the Hotel tells a powerful story of a bygone era. Guests can connect with WWII history in the Hotel’s guest rooms and suites, meeting and event rooms, as well as food-and-beverage areas, many of which are dedicated to the WWII generation who contributed to the war effort. Conveniently located on the Museum’s campus, enjoy full-service hotel accommodations and explore more of the American experience in World War II at the Museum through immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories.

Reserve your International Conference on World War II Hotel and Conference package today to ensure your space is reserved at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center!


Join the World’s Top Scholars on World War II!

Conference Favorites

  • Robert M. Citino, PhD
  • Conrad Crane, PhD
  • Richard B. Frank
  • John Morrow, PhD
  • Donald L. Miller, PhD
  • Alexandra Richie, DPhil
  • James M. Scott
  • Gerhard L. Weinberg, PhD

2020 Inclusions

Conference Inclusions

All Access Pass
(Conference only)
Combo Pass
(Conference and Hotel Package)
Reduced Rate Round-Trip Airport Transportation
Featured Guest Lecture Series
Continental Breakfast (The Higgins Hotel—Day 2 & 3)
Boxed Lunch (The Higgins Hotel—Day 2 & 3)
Refreshments during Each Break
Opening Reception (Day 1)
Exclusive Conference Attendee Evening Open House at The National WWII Museum (Day 2)
Closing Banquet & Keynote, US Freedom Pavilion (Day 3)
Unlimited Museum Admission during the Conference
WWII Museum Padfolio, Pen & Keepsake Program
Three-Night Hotel Accommodations at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, Including All Taxes (March 4-6, 2021)

Not included:
Wi-Fi at the Museum, airfares, airport transfers, optional tours, items of a personal nature such as meals not stated in the inclusions section, room service, laundry, communications charges, parking, gratuities, etc.

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2020 Pricing

Conference Offerings

Registration for The International Conference on World War II is an exclusive Museum Member benefit. Please inquire about Membership options by calling 1-877-813-3329 x 290 or emailing

Member Pricing
(Per Person)
Conference Pass Only
Combo Pass (Conference and Hotel Package)
Price per person double occupancy $1,420*
Combo Pass (Conference and Hotel Package)
Price per person single occupancy $1,820*
Pre-Conference Symposium—March 4, 2021 $399
Additional Night at The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center


*Suite upgrades are available. Contact the Sales Team at 1-877-813-3329 x 511 to explore pricing and options.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION TERMS: Payment is due in full at the time of booking. All payments are final and nonrefundable. Any cancellations are subject to a 100% penalty. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended, please contact the Conference Services Department for more details. Program is subject to change without notice.

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