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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

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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Amazing Museum

This is such an amazing museum...so well put together. I saw old and young there and everyone seemed fascinated by it. I visited it about 6 years ago and it was amazing then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is much larger than it looks. The staff were friendly, the exhibits were interesting and the information provided was exhaustive. There are options for the amount of time that you have available. Just fair warning - there are not a lot of places to sit down, so factor that into your visit.

Thank BBaptiste
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is such an amazing museum...so well put together. I saw old and young there and everyone seemed fascinated by it. I visited it about 6 years ago and it was amazing then, but now that it has been finished out. This is truly a world class museum and to have some of the rare artifacts such as a Japanese... More 

Thank Berghof
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took our time walking through, there is so much to see! You're going to want to plan on at LEAST 2 or 3 hours if you want to see everything. There are anti aircraft machines in back of the museum as well so make sure you don't just stay inside, there is a garden area that has fallen soldiers... More 

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Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wear comfortable shoes, bring your glasses, set aside a huge amount of time. This museum goes in depth, so much so that the 1.5 hours we took barely scratched the surface. Very well done

Thank cleetus97
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An absolute must see when in this area. Plan to spend several hours. The exhibits are both inside and outside. Located right in the center of town, easily walkable to shops and restaurants also.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Town Fredericksburg, with beautiful old western buildings and Tourist shops of all kinds. Enjoyed the visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War located conveniently on the main street. Excellent display and well documented exhibition with great detail of the Pacific War era. Very polite and helpful staff and the exhibition was well worth the visit. Probably spent... More 

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Bulverde, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be in Fredericksburg when they were displaying Lea's WWII paintings. Years ago I worked for Holland McCombs, a retired Time, Life, Fortune Bureau Chief. He always raved about his friend and that he had been a war correspondent/photographer. The exhibit is in the museum and it is free. If you have a chance to see it, you... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let us not forget. We owe these folks so much. Take time and visit. The outside walls have pictures of the service men and women along w/ ships.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fredericksburg is home to Admiral Nimitz. He had a museum right next to this one. I thought it was interesting and worth the time. The National Museum was quite extensive. A lot of reading.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent about 4 hours at this museum. It covers all the wars in the Pacific region, starting between China and Japan. The museum is very nicely set up, with a lot of artifacts. There are also a few vehicles and large weapons on display. There are guide wands available, but I did not rent one. Otherwise, there is more... More 

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