WWII Museum sets attendance record

NEW ORLEANS — The National World War II Museum set a monthly attendance record in March.

Officials say the museum attracted 54,198 people, a 23 percent increase over the previous high of 44,800 visitors in March 2012.

The latest milestone comes just months after the grand opening of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which features new exhibits and artifacts, including a restored B-17E Flying Fortress and B-25J Mitchell.

The museum opened in 2000. Work has begun on another new pavilion, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, for 2014.

Myanmar museum in late U.N. chief’s house

YANGON, Myanmar — A home that once belonged to a former United Nations secretary-general, the late U Thant, is being restored and will open as a museum in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

Government officials, diplomats and members of U Thant’s family gathered recently at the home, a two-story yellow villa built in the 1920s and where he lived in the 1950s before serving as the U.N. chief. The museum is scheduled to open to the public in the coming months.

U Thant lived in the home from 1951-57, prior to his role as an international diplomat. He served as U.N. secretary-general from 1961-71.

Exploratorium to open in new $300M digs

SAN FRANCISCO — The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s interactive science and activities museum, will open at its new $300 million digs on the bay with more space and exhibits, including a rain chamber to experience storms.

The museum is scheduled to open April 17 at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero. In the rain chamber, visitors select a past storm and the exhibit re-creates the frequency, size, and velocity of its raindrops.

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