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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
+1 830-997-8600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice to have something to see and do on MainSt. Enjoyed this small museum and learned quite a bit! Easy to navigate and learn, well done exhibits, and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Thank 4CarolynaW
Reviewed 2 days ago

I agree with other reviewers that two days are needed to see everything. The free audio guide is very helpful and if you are a museum junkie like me, then you'll need extra time to read all the great documentation. The Japanese midget submarine, Rex...More

Thank gregaustex
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wow ! What a museum ! If you want to learn about WWll (Pacific), this is the place. Amazing displays, LOTS to read. This museum is huge. If you are going to stop and take in every single display, take your time reading all information,...More

Thank Kat S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum locates one street over to Main st with street parking in front and around. The staff were informative and helpful. When purchasing tickets, a free audio guide is offered but you might not need it since the exhibit was quite informative with large...More

Thank Darthguppy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you want to get it all in plan at least two days. This place is huge and it covers the entire pacific conflict pre-war until the bomb is dropped. I️ highly recommend that you plan for at least two days.

Thank David V
Reviewed 1 week ago

You could spend a few hours or days here. We were touched by the Memorial Courtyard, and learned so much about Admiral Nimitz's life. It is a touching museum. Wish we could have spent more time there.

Thank Sandi W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As others have mentioned, a few hours just is not enough for this museum, along with the Nimitz museum, if you are truly interested in the hundreds of stories, exhibits etc. It was well presented and incredible informative. So happy to have gone!!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Returned for a second visit after more than 10 years. What a remarkable change! We could have spent all day there.

Thank TexanChuck
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing museum. Tickets are good for 3 days. If you spend anything less than a full day there it will be an exercise in frustration. This museum is a must for anyone with a interest in history.

Thank LynnFrisco
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the most comprehensive, outstanding museum for WWII Pacific theater! We were simply amazed at the breadth of coverage. We spent about 6 hours total, spread over 2 days. There is so much information we were glad the ticket price covered 48 hours. We...More

Thank 223maggie
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31 October 2016|
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Response from Jerry L | Reviewed this property |
At 9AM to 5PM. Sheila has it right.
Gene I
28 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
30 January 2016|
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Response from Noel E | Reviewed this property |
it's well west of Austin, northwest of san Antonio.