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National Museum of the Pacific War

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Address: 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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+1 830-997-8600
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now America's only museum...

Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now America's only museum centered on World War II's Pacific campaign.

Since 1968, the Museum has expanded to occupy a six-acre campus and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. Over the years the Museum was upgraded and enlarged, and the campus grew to accommodate the Memorial Courtyard, the Plaza of Presidents and the Japanese Garden of Peace. We opened the expanded George H. W. Bush Gallery in 2009. The Gallery's state-of-the-art 33,000 square foot exhibition features 40 media installations, approximately 900 artifacts in 97 climate-controlled cases, 15 macro-artifacts, and hundreds of photographs. Two blocks east of the main campus is the Pacific Combat Zone for guided tours of macro-artifacts and regularly scheduled combat re-enactments.

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Quite simply, this is the best history museum I've ever been in. When you go, you get a two day pass and you'll need it. It is thorough, balanced and well laid out. It pays homage... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 May 2016
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Hurst, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Quite simply, this is the best history museum I've ever been in. When you go, you get a two day pass and you'll need it. It is thorough, balanced and well laid out. It pays homage to a part of ww2 that is often ignored. It's attached to the Nimitz museum. All in Chester Nimitz home town. Every American should... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Museums that take on such a large subject have difficulty on what to include but this one is certainly acceptable. Better plan on at least two hours if really want to see it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Our visit to Fredericksburg did not initially include any interest in the National Museum of the Pacific War. But to find an activity while the wife shopped, I decided that the inexpensive admission would warrant a visit, particularly since I lived only a few miles from the largest naval yard in the country during the war. I was very impressed.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Well- done. Not unlike the WWII museum in NOLA, but only covers Pacific theater. Convenient for women to shop in charming downtown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Upon suggestion from a friend, we visited this museum. It was far more interesting than we expected. We learned much about Admiral Nimitz, his character, career and history in Fredericksburg, as well as his insistence that this museum not be about him but about all who served in WWII. The plaques on the walls are a moving tribute to all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

We visited this mostly because I read they had one only 2 Japanese mini-subs that were used to attack US in WWII. They do, and it was so cool, and we spent the rest of the day looking at the other wonderful exhibits, displays and movie clips. Unbelievable how much there is to see. You can literally get lost in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Extensive collection of artifacts related to the Pacific War. Took my visiting in-laws here, and we were all "wowed." Our timing coincided with a visiting bus full of tourists, but the layout of the museum never felt crowded. Allow a few hours for reading the narrative posted with exhibits, and more time for listening to the many audio/video displays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Who would guess that a great history museum would be in Fredericksburg? It is worth a half day to explore it all. But when you leave the main buildings, walk the 2 blocks to the Combat Zone. The exhibit is entertaining and educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Within this one story building is the history of the Pacific war from 1940 through 1945. It gives details of Japanese representatives prior to December 7, 1941, the Pearl Harbor attack and the long slog from Hawaii to Japan's surrender. Little known details about island warfare, the role of Australia, the sea battles of Midway and the Coral Sea, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

First class! This museum is very well done and not to miss when in town. A lot has been invested and the staff is well trained and friendly.

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