We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Museum of the Pacific War

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone Number: +1 830-997-8600
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Escape The Room Game - Library of Secrets
More Info
and up
Executive Downtown San Antonio Segway Tour
More Info
and up
Hill Country Magic Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,752 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1546
  • 167
    Very good
  • 18
  • 3
  • 1
allot of history

Allot of history a must see. Some of the plane on display could be restored. Allot of interactive displays

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Donald J
Del Valle, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

1,752 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,735: English reviews
Del Valle, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Allot of history a must see. Some of the plane on display could be restored. Allot of interactive displays

Thank Donald J
Level Contributor
53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are wonderful exhibits of plans tanks submarines and guns. Information to explain the entire course of the war and how Chester Nimitz contributed. Picture to fill in what words can describe at every turn. The staff there were extremely accommodating to my family's late arrival and it is greatly appreciated. Don't miss this museum. You be glad you went

Thank Dkboyer2000
DeSoto, Texas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was here 10 years ago and it's better than ever. Take some time to press a few buttons and listen to recorded histories of ordinary people who survived to tell their stories.

Thank AugustBDayTripster
Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Level Contributor
57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took TripAdvisor's recommendation and went to the National Museum of the Pacific War. And let me tell you I was not expecting this kind of quality. The museum is world class...Lots of exhibits and very nice and knowledgeable staff. If you are going to Fredericksburg, you must make one full day to visit the museum.

Thank CClifford505
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nicely put together. A lot of good information. Plenty of space to move around, not overly cluttered. If you have any interest in military history, make your way up here. Even if you don't, it's still good to visit and learn some things. There are indoor and outdoor portions of the museum. The outdoor parts have names and photos... More 

Thank Jonathan P
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time with my son. He is 12 and loved it. Cool hidden gem in this little town. Highly recommend. Great for war enthusiasts or just vacationers.

Thank David M
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
112 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're like me, you're thinking to yourself, "Right. An exceptional museum about anything in Fredericksburg, Texas. Not." Well, believe it. The visual effects, films, news clips, and an incredible number of machines and weapons make this the equal of what one would see at a similar exhibit at the Smithsonian. In fact, given how concentrated it is and the... More 

Thank Global_Coug
Fredericksburg, Texas
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you haven't visited this museum you are missing seeing a part of our country's history. As all the other reviewers have said it is on a level as any other museum including the smithsonians. We took a 4 and 7 year old to both the combat zone and national gallery displays. Spent about 2 hours there. Whether you are... More 

Thank KSO11
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
130 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like another reviewer mentioned before this is a "World Class Museum" indeed. It is one of the most compelled War museum I have ever been, and I have been in a couple around the World! I have visited it two times, and if I ever go back to Fredericksburg, I'll check it out again. It is a breathtaking commemoration display... More 

Thank R2_Ramirez
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
107 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a charter member of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, I didn't really expect the same level of display, history and professionalism here in Fredericksburg. Boy, was I wrong! This place is fantastic and as good a museum as you'll see. If you're a history buff prepare to spend a day here!

1 Thank parrotdr

Travelers who viewed National Museum of the Pacific War also viewed

Fredericksburg, TX
Fredericksburg, TX

Been to National Museum of the Pacific War? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Museum of the Pacific War and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Plano, Texas
26 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
5 months ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from National Museum of the Pacific War staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?