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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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Saw this as a part of a recent Texas tour. Had no idea there was a museum about the pacific theater of WW2. Very interesting to see the submarines which I was told some were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 April 2016
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Saw this as a part of a recent Texas tour. Had no idea there was a museum about the pacific theater of WW2. Very interesting to see the submarines which I was told some were used in suicide missions! Also there was a fabulous art exhibit by a fellow whose job it was to chronicle the war for the Times... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Took a group of seniors. Were treated very nicely. Had a WWII Vet with us and he was free. Made a big deal over him. Very good museum.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent about five hours in the Museum. There is so much to see and so much to learn. We have been to the WW II Museum in New Orleans, but the Pacific War pavilion had not yet opened so I can't compare the two, but this one is hard to beat. There is history on the... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We were just gong to nip in for a 10-15 minute look...and ended up staying 3 days and spending TWO long fascinating days in this fabulous museum. A great insigth into the roots of the Pacific WWII conflict. Wonderfully done...and if you are an American Vet, you get in Free!...But as Canadians, we did not regret a penny

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We stepped into this space due to a walking detour. Lovely very well designed ! Japanese garden is just beautiful. Another gem in Fredrick burg.

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New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Built in his home town to honor Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander of the U.S Pacific fleet through WWII, the museum combines extensive archival footage, memorabilia, and written commentary to provide one of the most complete narratives of the Pacific War ever collected. Brilliantly done.

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

I'm still awestruck. The history of the Pacific war is told in such a way that you feel it. The Museum begins with the historical events leading up to America's engagement. If you follow the gallery guide, you will have the entire story of the war from before it began to beyond the ending. This gives you a fuller understanding... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

This museum is one of the best I have seen, better than the one at Pearl Harbor. Go see it, this was a great history lesson

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Take at least 3 hours to tour the museum and the grounds. Wish I had more time to visit the other two museums associated with the price of admission. Great exhibitions and a true tribute to our armed forces fighting in the Pacific. My father was in an armored division associated with the taking of Saipan. He would have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

This is without a doubt the best war museum I have ever been to. My wife shares the same statement. I am not a big war buff but the history of many of the battles and people involved that I never knew about really floored me. This is a must see in my view. Also, be prepared to spend the... More 

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