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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 May 2016
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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 19 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim when driving west on I 10 from San Antonio. Incredibly well presented history of the Pacific Theater of World War II. I'm sort of a military history buff in a small way but I learned many new aspects of the war. The displays are well done, the audio is really good and the personal listening... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Beauytifully exhibited and exceptionally presentend, this history of WW11 in the Pacific is not to be missed. You'll appreciate what our men had to endure to protect the world from the enemy, the misery and the destruction it created. And the every step, by step path it took to achieve peace is all laid out in front of you. Makes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

When we arrived in Fredricksburg for the weekend, it was raining. We stopped for food and while jumping from shop to shop downtown, came across the National Museum of the Pacific War. I don't know how they hid 30,000 square feet of museum in this town, but I am glad that we found it. It definitely transports you back in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

My husband and I are not what I'd call avid museum lovers. We don't necessarily enjoy spending hours in a museum stopping at each exhibit and reading the details about each and every display. We tend to move along at a steady pace stopping only occasionally to further examine or read about an exhibit that catches our eye -- but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a find! Had no idea this was here. In the German settlement of Fredericksburg, TX where Admiral Chester Nimitz was born, Fleet Commander of the Pacific fleet during WWII. Museum is very detailed and well done. There is so much to see. Spent half a day and rushed through the last 1/4. No other museum I know of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

This museum was great--very well done. It took us two hours to get through the museum. There is a lot of information, so you could spend a lot more time there if you want. Your ticket is good for a couple of days so if you are really interested you can visit the next day to finish it. The layout... More 

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