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National Museum of the Pacific War

340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
+1 830-997-8600
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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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340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4612
+1 830-997-8600
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at all three buildings that are part of the museum, especially the new exhibit a block away from main museum with actual restored plane. The narrative throughout the exhibits are very informative. The staff in friendly...More

Thank BethB75205
Reviewed December 4, 2016

This was recommended to us by the owner of the bed and breakfast where we stayed. Her description was that of a museum that is on the same level of quality as that in a big city and she couldn't be more right. This museum...More

Thank Garrett P
Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

We found this museum to be an excellent way to really understand the WW II pacific campaign. The exhibits were easy to follow and understand. It was particularly interesting because we had relatives who had participated in some of the major battles.

Thank Marge H
Reviewed December 4, 2016

My mom and I passed by on Veteran's Day and strolled the Japanese Garden and the wall of honor next door. It was so moving to see veterans and their families gathering to honor each other and those that were lost. We didn't have enough...More

Thank Gwen V
Reviewed December 3, 2016

This museum is so very nice, beautiful areas, our history. The displays are well done and interesting. Everyone should see this museum.

Thank parentsof5
Reviewed December 1, 2016

This is worth your time - although, be prepared to easily spend close to 4 hours doing this (if not more if you allow it). The admission fee covers use of all museum facilities for up to 48 hours.

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Reviewed November 30, 2016

I went hoping to learn more about my father's time in the pacific during WWII. I was able to find records of his ship's activity. Like many his age he never spoke of his war experiences so this helped fill in some blanks. I spent...More

Thank Russell H
Reviewed November 30, 2016

This is a very well organized museum with interesting exhibits. A visitor will get a thorough exposition of the Pacific theatre of war. For a visit in depth, allow 3 hours or so. The guide to the museum is simply laid out and esay to...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed November 29, 2016

We would not have expected to spend as much time as we did. The museum is very well done and very moving. Take time to listen to many of the stories told by our heroes themselves! An appropriate tribute to those who have given so...More

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed November 29, 2016

This was the most overwhelming museum I have ever attended. Way too much informatin and history in such a small space. The history started all the way back to the feudal system in Japan. Don't need to go that far back if the name of...More

Thank lowemanc
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October 31, 2016|
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Response from Jerry L | Reviewed this property |
At 9AM to 5PM. Sheila has it right.
Gene I
June 28, 2016|
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Response from NMPW | Property representative |
That depends on your interest level. If you just want to go through and see the highlights then give yourself at least 2-3 hours. Our tickets are good for 48 hours so you can come and go as you like.
Peter R
January 30, 2016|
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Response from Noel E | Reviewed this property |
it's well west of Austin, northwest of san Antonio.