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National Museum of the Pacific War

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Address: 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone Number: +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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Absolutely fascinating WW II history

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 time to go inside but I can't wait to go back on my next visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is so very nice, beautiful areas, our history. The displays are well done and interesting. Everyone should see this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is worth your time - although, be prepared to easily spend close to 4 hours doing this (if not more if you allow it). The admission fee covers use of all museum facilities for up to 48 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went hoping to learn more about my father's time in the pacific during WWII. I was able to find records of his ship's activity. Like many his age he never spoke of his war experiences so this helped fill in some blanks. I spent a good portion of two days at the museum and could easily have spent another... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very well organized museum with interesting exhibits. A visitor will get a thorough exposition of the Pacific theatre of war. For a visit in depth, allow 3 hours or so. The guide to the museum is simply laid out and esay to follow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We would not have expected to spend as much time as we did. The museum is very well done and very moving. Take time to listen to many of the stories told by our heroes themselves! An appropriate tribute to those who have given so much to our country. There are several buildings so don't forget to walk down a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the most overwhelming museum I have ever attended. Way too much informatin and history in such a small space. The history started all the way back to the feudal system in Japan. Don't need to go that far back if the name of your museum is the National Museum of the Pacific War. It needs to concentrate more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I (wife now) visited this museum back in the summer. I kept seeing how it was highly rated on tripadvisor and felt that we needed to visit just to say we did. I was very surprised that it was extensive as it was. We both learned so much that we had hard about and forgotten plus lots... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We all know the story of WW2 in Europe, This explains more of the War in the Pacific. So many pieces from the great war to see. So much more explained you may not know. I loved the 3 hours we spent in this fine museum. I think I could have spent another 3 here. I loved the Peace garden... More 

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