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National Museum of the Pacific War

340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
+1 830-997-8600
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$75*
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98%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
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Owner description: 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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Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Phenomenal museum and extremely well done. Each part of the museum complex, each exhibit was riveting and kept me engrossed in understanding our history in this war. I was a bit embarassed at myself as I am highly interested in WWII, but I had no idea that the U.S. effort in the Pacific was so extensive. Thank you for the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Was surprised by the size of this exhibit. If you are a student of world war II history, this is a must see. We normally only hear of the conflict between Germany and Russia and the U.S. involvement in the war towards the end of it in 1944. It was unknown to me how big the conflict was in China/Japan... More

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Ithaca, Ny
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We only had a few hours to spend in the museum- not enough. Tons of information here- presented very well. We will be back!

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Friendswood, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I thought I knew something about WWII. After all, my father and several relatives fought in it. After spending about 6 hours over a two day period, I realized my knowledge of the war was very little. The museum is well done, taking you chronologically through the buildup to Pearl Harbor and then through the major campaigns and battles of... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A great museum full of history. The exhibits were great. You really need to spend a couple of days to see everything.

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Chicago
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55 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I was jarred at the size of this place. I was really going slow, trying to soak up each exhibit. Then I ducked out for the Living History Demonstration (more on that later) and when I returned, I only made it about halfway through before I had to race through, skimming stuff to make it out before the place closed.... More

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Cedar Hill, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

visited several times it keeps getting better everything they have added over the last few years is great

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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Plan to stay at least a couple of hours.Dozens of displays; many with videos, planes, a midget submarine and several interactive computers which collectively contain ALL the data to ANY questions you might have about WWII. You will leave with perspectives from several areas of our planet along with some very personal stories in the voices soldiers and their families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a very interesting and educational museum. It is very well done. If you had the public education that I did, WWI and WWII were barely touched upon in history class. The layout of the museum is chronological so it is easy to follow the events prior to, during, and after the war in the order in which they... More

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San Angelo, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'm a history buff and love visiting any museum but this one is way above average. They have great stories and well constructed displays. Even my wife had a great time at the museum and she's not normally into this kind of museum. I've taken students from Turkey, Thailand, Korea and Indian and they all came away with a great... More

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