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National Museum of the Pacific War

340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
+1 830-997-8600
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Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now the only museum in the Continental United States 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. Recently reopened after an $8 million renovation. The PCZ is also home to our popular WWII Pacific Combat Program that takes place on set weekends throughout the year.
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340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

History of world wars in Europe and Asia. Shows the reasons that led to WW1 and eventually to WW2. Plan to spend any time between 2-12 hours at this place depending on your interest level. One pass is good for 2 days. Could be the...More

Thank Betsy H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The historical sequence walking through is stunning, starting from the 1800's through the end of the war. Many facts not published in history books. I had forgotten so much of the aggression in Asia long before WWII. Great artifacts on display. To totally absorb everything...More

Thank Mark A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of those things you talk about seeing but never get around to it. Lucky for us, Sunday weather prevented us from hiking so we ended up walking to the museum. Thank goodness we did because this place is amazing! We spent almost...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were amazed at the depth and breadth of information contained in this museum. The $15 adult entrance fee allows visitors two days entrance. The multi-building complex is well laid out and packed with information and great displays that allow the visitor to understand the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As museums go it is limited in size and exhibits, but, educational and enriching non the less. Admiral Nimitz was a true hero of the 2 world war and an inspiring patriot.

Thank Ken M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small Texas town would have, possibly the best WW II museum in the world? As a disabled visitor from overseas everything was provided, including a motorized wheelchair. As for the museum itself, it was magnificent. The various rooms flowed seamlessly into each other and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone - Everyone! - needs to take a tour of this museum. This shows what price has been paid for our freedom. Of course I have studied and heard many stories about WWII but this brings it to life. All the battles are detailed and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done museum on the Pacific War. They go into great detail so there is a lot of reading. Highly recommend you use their personal audio guide you can get at the entrance. Make sure you go to the other part of the museum...More

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a must visit place for the world war two buff, this is the pacific theatre and is very presented, very thorough in detail so you could spend a day or two there to see it all ,one concern is the lack of seating as you...More

Thank Roger M F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well put together history of Chester Nimitz and the U.S. run through the Pacific during WWII. A good half day at leastvto take it all in

Thank Frank A
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DallasPaza
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Response from RNDMD | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can usually get this from the web site.
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Gene I
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Response from NMPW | Property representative |
That depends on your interest level. If you just want to go through and see the highlights then give yourself at least 2-3 hours. Our tickets are good for 48 hours so you can come and go as you like.
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Peter R
31 January 2016|
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Response from Noel E | Reviewed this property |
it's well west of Austin, northwest of san Antonio.
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