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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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Very interesting. Need at least two full days to see it all. We will return to Fredericksburg to see it all.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum tells a very thorough and complete history of WWII in the Pacific. It may be in a smaller town, but the museum is big city quality in its presentation. It is modern, well laid out, uses a variety of media to present the story from artifacts to interviews, to newspaper clippings, memorabilia, maps, etc., etc. Two hours is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting. Need at least two full days to see it all. We will return to Fredericksburg to see it all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were surprised to find a museum of such depth and detail and such borad level of displays about the Pacific theater in WWII. Very, very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not too far out from San Antonio. Definitely worth a visit. Very well done!!! Fredericksburg itself is a beautiful town with heavy German influence. World class!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a large museum spread across two blocks. The volume of information and actual displays were very cool. We spent over two hours and didn't see everything, but saw enough for our liking. The ticket is good for 48 hours. AS A SIDEBAR, we paid $28 for the two of us. However, we were never asked to see our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is amazing, absolutely world class. I really did not expect it to be so good, it was a great surprise, we live close so we will be back many more times.

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Dorchester, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thought we could get through this museum in several hours, but we were so wrong. You could spend three days here and still not see it all. Very well planned chronological journey from what was happening in the world before WWII started right through to Japan's surrender. It was especially interesting for me to see photos of some of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is self-paced and one can take as little or as much time as you like absorbing the incredible amount of information on this incredibly important period of time in our country's history. There was so much that I'd never heard before about this part of the War. There are nearly 40 separate small rooms (some larger than others... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are interested in history or military - this is definitely a MUST stop. A few hours would not be enough to see it all, but it is really worth wandering through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The biggest challenge you're going to have with the Museum of the Pacific War is the shear size of it. There are three separate parts to the museum - the Admiral Nimitz building, the main hall on the Pacific War and a separate nearby building (called the Combat Zone) containing more vehicles and planes. Start with the Nimitz exhibits -... More 

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