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National Museum of the Pacific War

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Address: 340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
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+1 830-997-8600
09:00 - 17:00
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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. 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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Lest We Forget

One of the best museums ever! There is so much information that it took us a couple of hours of each day that we were there to just see the minimum. Tickets are good for forty... read more

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One of the best museums ever! There is so much information that it took us a couple of hours of each day that we were there to just see the minimum. Tickets are good for forty eight hours. Fantastic gift shop for World War Two items. A touching commemorative plaza of veterans and of the U.S. presidents who were in... More 

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Hard to believe a museum of this quality is in such a small town. I'm a history buff, but I learned a lot of information regarding the Pacific War. The exhibits are very well done. If you are in this area of Texas, you should take the time to visit. One note: You need to realize that part of the... More 

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Highly recommend. A bit overwhelming but since it's self-paced you can move along and see as much or as little as you like.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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This was a very in depth museum with a mix of literature, photos, and video. It can be as long or as short as you want due to multiple exit points if the kids get bored. Your ticket gets you access to this plus two other exhibits in the area.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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There is so much information packed into this museum. It's a history buff or researcher's dream. Spent about two hours browsing the displays.

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is likely no better museum devoted to the Pacific theatre of World War ll. Videos, interactive graphics, numerous artifacts including an entire plane and boat are all housed in this state of the art museum. The Nimitz family was from Fredericksburg which explains the seeming odd location. There are 3 separate buildings including the Nimitz home and the $15.... More 

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Exceptional museum in what would appear to be in an odd location, but very well suited to Fredericksburg and it's favorite son, Adm. Nimitz, There is an incredible amount of information in the museum and the associated displays, almost too much to be absorbed in a single day. The tour tickets are available for a 48 hr period which makes... More 

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If you are into the history of the Pacific wars this is definitely for you. Most of the exhibitions are self guided. A ticket last for 48 hours so we went through on part the first day and a second part the day after.

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The rationale for putting this museum in Texas was questionable until we found out that Admiral Nimitz was from Fredericksburg. Once that was discovered, everything made sense. We are so glad we took the time to stop and visit this museum, our only regret was we didn't spend the whole day looking at everything. This is one of the best... More 

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I went to the museum as part of a Roads Scholar trip. I did not to expect to like it. In fact, I went in planning to only be there until the shops on Main Street opened. I stayed through the entire museum and was engaged in the exhibit the entire time. I found Admiral Nimitz to be fascinating as... More 

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