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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 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. 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
+1 830-997-8600
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Outstanding Museum for World War II history. A very friendly staff welcomes you and explains the layout. A handheld phone like device facilitates your walking self tour of the main exhibit. You will be amazed at the scope of what is covered in realistic exhibits,...More

Thank JimNColleyville_TX
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the trip thru history. It starts with a background presentation. This shows what led up to the war in both Japan and America. Only complaint is THE PLACE IS A MAZE. If you are directionally challenged take a Boy Scout with you.

Thank James B
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is the most detailed war museum that I have been in. It is laid out in a very interesting way that builds up the timeline from about 1500 AD to present. It is a history of world wars but mostly 2nd World War in...More

Thank wasklywabbit
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The staff is amazing and absolutely passionate about what they do. We loved the information they had to share with us.

Thank JACEK23
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

This museum was highly recommended by several folks who heard we would be in the area, and I'm so glad we made the time for a visit. This museum presents the Pacific War of WW2 in a progression of events beginning with the state of...More

Thank JanayAllie
Reviewed 5 December 2016

My wife and I visited the museum after many trips to town. We loved it, didn't realize there was so much to see and it is all incredibly well done. We only had time to go through the main building. Leave yourself plenty of time...More

Thank TexasRon
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at all three buildings that are part of the museum, especially the new exhibit a block away from main museum with actual restored plane. The narrative throughout the exhibits are very informative. The staff in friendly...More

Thank BethB75205
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was recommended to us by the owner of the bed and breakfast where we stayed. Her description was that of a museum that is on the same level of quality as that in a big city and she couldn't be more right. This museum...More

Thank Garrett P
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We found this museum to be an excellent way to really understand the WW II pacific campaign. The exhibits were easy to follow and understand. It was particularly interesting because we had relatives who had participated in some of the major battles.

Thank Marge H
Reviewed 4 December 2016

My mom and I passed by on Veteran's Day and strolled the Japanese Garden and the wall of honor next door. It was so moving to see veterans and their families gathering to honor each other and those that were lost. We didn't have enough...More

Thank Gwen V
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1 November 2016|
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Response from Jerry L | Reviewed this property |
At 9AM to 5PM. Sheila has it right.
Gene I
29 June 2016|
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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.
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.