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Museum of World War II Boston

8 Mercer Road, Natick, MA 01760
+1 508-653-1944
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Natick
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Located just 20 minutes from Boston, The Museum of World War II is home to the most comprehensive collection of original WWII artifacts & documents anywhere in the world. With more than 7,000 pieces on display, the museum uniquely shows the human story interwoven with the military and political events thru all of the artifacts that made up life, from everyday, to the most momentous decisions during the war. "It is a sacred mission to preserve the lives and heroic actions of all those people who fought on the battle fronts and home fronts to destroy the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan." -Kenneth W. Rendell, Founder & Director.

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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

What a great museum. You think you are done, but go around the corner and their are more items on display. Covers World War II in depth in chronological order. Artifacts displayed everywhere. Spent 3 hours there - my husband could go back for 2 more hours to really see everything. Need to make a reservation and sign a waiver... More

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Arlington, MA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Other reviewers have covered much of what I'd like to say about this excellent museum. As someone who was born after WWII, most of what I knew about it before going to this museum was from books, TV and especially movies. However, a visit here brings it to vivid light in all it's heroic, tragic, and frightening reality. After wading... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I surprised by boyfriend and look him here on his birthday. He is very interested in WWII and loved it. The museum is very unique because all its items are original. It is the personal collection that the owner has acquired over the years. A lot of the items are one of a kind like some of Hitler's person items... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This place is a real gem. A friend of my stumbled upon it on the internet so five of us went for a visit. It's a bit odd how you have to make reservations to visit the museum and sign a waiver before entering but it really was just a minor inconvenience and well worth the experience. When you enter... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This museum is visited by appointment and a pretty stiff admission fee ($25), but worth every penny. Very comprehensive displays of amazing memorabilia, some of which can be handled. Highly recommended for any WWII history buffs and anyone interested military history period.

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A friend who served our country as part of the Greatest Generation in a "B24 Liberator" invited us to tour. I was amazed at the collection, and the depth of reality shown by the things and how they were put together in the displays. Already they need more space. As a generation, these dedicated volunteers share their very personal stories... More

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Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This museum is a special place, as there are no signs, and no way to find out about it, unless you're researching World War II. I went here with a group from the Framingham History Center, and was floored by the quality and quantity of what is displayed. One has to make an appointment to visit and every nook and... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

As part of a group from Framingham History Center we visited this private museum in the back of an office park in Natick. It has an amazing collection of original documents and artifacts tracing origins of WWII from the armisitice that ended WWI through the rise of the Nazis in Germany to the end of WWII and the rise of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a surprise, right here in metrowest Boston! The owner, Kenneth Rendell, has spent many years collecting and preserving the items in this museum, which is comparable to the top museums of the UK and Europe (that's not an exaggeration). The admission process is a little intimidating, but it is just to make sure you're serious. The format is adults... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This unmarked, off the beaten path museum is well worth making the advance arrangements for your visit. If you are in the Boston area, take the time and see some of the most amazing artifacts in this collection. Letters, weapons, uniforms, and more gathered by one man, Ken Rendell. This is not for children unless you have a very mature... More

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