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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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
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Open Wednesday - Monday. 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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David C
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This is the best museum of its type that I have ever seen. While it covers only on theater of war and one period, 1900 - 1950, it does so superbly. The exhibits and maps are clear. The artifacts that it uses to illustrate the story are appropriate and honest.

I went expecting to spend 2 hours, I spent 5 and still did not finish everything. If you have an interest in WW2 and in naval history, this is the place for you. If you don't, come anyway just to see an example of a perfectly presented collection.
Written August 18, 2022
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ckl0206
Huntsville, TX28 contributions
Visited this museum on a Monday. We got there before they opened and looked around the outside areas - Japanese gardens and the memorial wall - before it got too hot. LOVED these sections of the museum. Finally made our way to the inside and was hooked from the first video you can watch in the huge main gallery. Growing up, most of what we were taught in school about WWII is in regards to the European theater, except Pearl Harbor of course. It was really cool to learn so much about the Pacific theater - things I'd heard of like Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal - but never really understood how they tied in. Plus my maternal grandfather was a Navy seaman and served in the Pacific. RIP Papa. If you even slightly like history, you will like this museum. I love history and I LOVED it. Carve out a full day for it though!
Written August 9, 2022
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DianaNamsAllen
Mustang, OK25 contributions
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Oh. My. Goodness! This it was like drinking from a fire hydrant!! Sooooo much information, but utterly fascinating for history buffs like us. We would highly recommend this to anyone who might be visiting Fredericksburg. Be sure to wear good walking shoes though. You’ll need them!
Written August 4, 2022
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DontStopExploring
Winnipeg, Canada601 contributions
I spent the day here today. There’s a lot of material and a lot of artifacts well laid out. The staff are very friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend visiting.
Written August 3, 2022
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Jay E
Waco, TX63 contributions
We've been coming to Fredericksburg for 20 years and we finally went to the Museum and the Nimitz Gallery for the first time at the suggestion of a friend. So glad we did. Did not disappoint. Give yourself an entire afternoon to see everything, but also there are convenient exit doors if you are running short of time.
Written July 31, 2022
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Chandler Manly
Hutto, TX2 contributions
Family
Wow! This has to be one of the best museums I’ve been took. To read everything it can take well over 3-hours to do so. So much great information and the guest services at the counter are very passionate and informative. What a great gem in Fredericksburg!
Written July 26, 2022
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justinkouba
6 contributions
Couples
Let me start by saying I’m a history nerd. I teach history and love all things history. I’ve been accused of being a history “snob”, and relish this title proudly.

This place was one of the best historical museums outside of Washington DC that I’ve been to. Very detailed and informative. If you or your loved ones enjoy history, this is a must see!
Written July 20, 2022
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BattlegroundTravel
Franklin, TN176 contributions
I visited hundreds of military museums over the years, and this one is one of the best. They have a great mix of relics, videos, signage, and games for kids (video and otherwise). I was traveling with my 15 year son and he loved it. It's a lot larger than I realized at first, and we spent about four hours there. You could go faster, depending upon your interest. I learned a lot about Admiral Nimitz, and gained more of an appreciation of our Pacific forces in WWII.
Written July 11, 2022
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Edward M
2 contributions
A great museum that focuses on the Pacific War, and gives detail about all the battles and situations.
Written July 1, 2022
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dgbg100106
Odenton, MD1,725 contributions
The National Museum of the Pacific War is in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, which is the boyhood home of the Commander in Chief of the Pacific, Fleet Admiral Nimitz.
I was not expecting this museum to be as great as it was. I spent way more time here than I thought I would. I learned a lot that day and still remember how well laid out the museum is. This museum is a must-see for anyone. Very friendly staff and volunteers throughout the entire facility.

We paid $8 for college students and $12 for the Military. There are several buildings to visit, plan your day accordingly. Highly recommended.
Written July 1, 2022
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