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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Description: 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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This place is awesome and even a little surreal. It's like walking into a 'living museum' experience where you'll hear the orders barked off and the sounds of the bombs dropping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Ajo
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This place is awesome and even a little surreal. It's like walking into a 'living museum' experience where you'll hear the orders barked off and the sounds of the bombs dropping. Grown men will cry here remembering their past friends with genuine fondness and horror then turn to tell you their personal story. Just one of the most incredible museums... More 

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Houston,Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is incredible . You can easily spend two days to see everyone everything . The displays are wonderful and authentic videos and radio reports . Thee battle reinactment sith the Jspanese is very cool . Real arms fire including a tank!! !

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum doesn't look like much from the outside but once you get in you can see that a lot of money has been put into this place. My mother and father-in-law could've spent an entire day looking around and my husband and I who are in our 30s really enjoyed the museum as well. We are well-traveled and it... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was one of the best museums we've been to, including the Smithsonian. Even 10 YO grandson enjoyed it, although he hopscotched through things. He was good for a couple of hours. Fortunately, our tickets gave us access for 48 hours, so we were able to go back without him. He got a good introduction, and hubby and I learned... More 

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Pacific War is, to me, the portion of WWII that is always glazed over in the history books. I was amazed at how detailed and interactive the museum was. I came out knowing so much more than I ever had about WWII and the Pacific. It was very interesting see the dynamics at play in Japan between the citizens... More 

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Woodway, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

An outstanding Museum, well set up in a logical way to show the war from beginning in 1941 until the final surrender in 1945. Some parts will draw on the heart strings yet others make you cheer at what we were able to accomplish back then. An excellent compliment to the WW2 Museum in New Orleans which is devoted to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were vacationing on a budget and did the free part of the museum. Walked the grounds and read the plagues people had to remember their friends and family. Loved the free Bob Hope exhibit. Every interesting. Spent about 2 hours doing that. The museum garden and combat grounds were not open so didn't pay to do the museum this... More 

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Originally housed in the Admiral Nimitz hotel, it is now in a huge building across a courtyard from the hotel, all of which encompasses about 6-acres. The NMPW gives a chronicle of the entire Pacific War, from the Pearl Harbor attack, to the various islands US troops fought on trying to make their way to Japan. You'll see Iwo JIma... More 

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Henderson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My husband went here and really enjoyed it. I hope to visit next time when not exhausted. I'm disappointed that I will probably miss the Bob Hope exhibit as it is a traveling exhibit.

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This museum is dedicated to WWII's Pacific Theater. It offers incredible detail on everything from before Pearl Harbor to V-J day. The various exhibits are in excellent condition with a wealth of WWII artifacts on display. The information is presented from the military's perspective without any implied judgement leaving one to interpret the actions of these years privately but perhaps... More 

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