National Museum of the Pacific War

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

National Museum of the Pacific War

National Museum of the Pacific War
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Military Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
*Open Wed-Sun.Online ticket purchase only* Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now the only museum in the Continental United States 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. Recently reopened after an $8 million renovation. The PCZ is also home to our popular WWII Pacific Combat Program that takes place on set weekends throughout the year.
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2-3 hours
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mhanley254
Waco, TX85 contributions
Lived up to my expectations
Jun 2021
I've wanted to go to this museum since I was a kid and finally made it. It was worth the wait.

I will say that it's a lot to take in - far more is packed in here than I expected. It's the kind of place that I'll need to return to several times to do it justice.

The part I really wanted to see was the exhibit on Admiral Nimitz. When we walked in the woman who greeted us was fabulous. She gave an overview of the building and the Admiral, and there was something really cool about her telling us to "enjoy learning about our hero." Especially because I really did. I knew most of the highlights, but there were amazing interactive exhibits (esp the one where you got to choose what you would do in hypothetical situations) that really brought him to life. And he was, in fact, a hero. If you do nothing else, go see this part.

The same woman told us to make sure and watch the video about the mini-sub in the next building. There's an exhibit in the lobby that explains what the mini-sub is and how it got there. It was really interesting. Then we got into the main gallery and it's a lot - again, I know a lot about WWII but there was so much information to take in. We didn't leave enough time to really work our way through so we sort of cherry-picked our way through the different galleries. And then we came upon the mini-sub we were told about. The woman in the Nimitz gallery was totally right - stay for that. It was really cool - and that's all I'll say.

I'll definitely be back, probably many more times. There's a lot to learn about all our heroes, but I'll make sure to visit the Admiral's section each time too.
Written June 17, 2021
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PamRoad
Texas959 contributions
Big city museum in a small town
Jun 2021
This is the only WWII Museum I have been to that focuses on the war in the Pacific. It has great displays of uniforms and weaponry from all of the countries in the fighting. There are planes, tanks and submarines on display and informative vides throughout the presentation. This is an excellent museum and a must-see when in the Hill country.
Written June 10, 2021
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Tim
Fredericksburg, TX1 contribution
Closed on Tuesday
Jun 2021 • Family
Trip Advisor says open! The sign on the door at the National Museum of the Pacific War says open daily, but it’s closed on Tuesday! At least Google got it correct!🧐🤔
Written June 8, 2021
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Buyumama
Sugar Land, TX53 contributions
Great Museum
May 2021
Great presentation of WWI artifacts. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a walker to finish the tour as it is really a big museum.
Written June 7, 2021
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GCmomAustin
Austin TX24 contributions
Must see museum with planes, great displays
May 2021 • Family
We go to Fredericksburg regularly and LOVE this museum, Amazing place to visit and our sons young and as teens enjoy the full sized planes and displays. Do not miss this!
Written May 29, 2021
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TrailBlazer789197
6 contributions
Wonderful museum of the Pacific War
May 2021
This is home town of Admiral Nimitz. The museum is very well done. The outdoor spaces are unique. Learned a lot about him, and his whole life. The museum is dedicated to all the men and women who served in the Pacific theatre. We spent at least 2 hours, and could have spent more.
Written May 26, 2021
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Destiny Wanamaker
3 contributions
A True Tribute to Our Heroes
May 2021
Extensive history museum dedicated not only to Adm. Nimitz but in his humble manner, to all of those who served in the pacific theater. It commemorates a time in our history where our country shined and was united.
Written May 23, 2021
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Macossay
USA85 contributions
No Longer Does the Live Re-enactments
May 2021
Alas, the live battle re-enactments at the Pacific Combat Zone have been discontinued. I was told by the ticket office that as of this time (May 2021) there are no plans to start them again.
Written May 21, 2021
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Nan H
3 contributions
Great museum
May 2021
Not to be missed. Wonderful displays that could easily take hours. I would go back again just to see the many displays.
Written May 8, 2021
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Kathryn C
Hardin, TX91 contributions
Tons of information and memories here
Apr 2021
Great timeline and geography of the war here. One could easily spend a whole day here if WWII or the War in the Pacific is of interest. Staff was helpful and managed the reservations well so it never was too crowded.
Written May 8, 2021
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