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“Great Visit to Museum of World War II in Natick”

Museum of World War II
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Natick
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Owner description: Located just 20 minutes from Boston, The Museum of World War II is home to the most comprehensive collection of original WWII artifacts & documents anywhere in the world. With more than 7,000 pieces on display, the museum uniquely shows the human story interwoven with the military and political events thru all of the artifacts that made up life, from everyday, to the most momentous decisions during the war. "It is a sacred mission to preserve the lives and heroic actions of all those people who fought on the battle fronts and home fronts to destroy the evil of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan." -Kenneth W. Rendell, Founder & Director.
Framingham, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great Visit to Museum of World War II in Natick”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

As part of a group from Framingham History Center we visited this private museum in the back of an office park in Natick. It has an amazing collection of original documents and artifacts tracing origins of WWII from the armisitice that ended WWI through the rise of the Nazis in Germany to the end of WWII and the rise of the atomic era and the Korean war. We spent 3 hours in the museum guided by a taped audio tour and could go back for at least two more because there is so much to take in. This collection rivals that of the DDay museum in New Orleans and complements coverage of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Hours are limited and visits need to be arranged in advance. Info. on visiting on Website www.Museum of WorldWarII.org

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Patrick D
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English first
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“One of the best WWII museums”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a surprise, right here in metrowest Boston! The owner, Kenneth Rendell, has spent many years collecting and preserving the items in this museum, which is comparable to the top museums of the UK and Europe (that's not an exaggeration). The admission process is a little intimidating, but it is just to make sure you're serious. The format is adults individually or in groups (no one under 18 is admitted on a individual visit, but there are occasional organized school tours), with a donation of $25 and two signed legal forms per person. The Museum building is actually off of Route 9 eastbound (inbound toward Boston), behind the Sherwood Plaza and the Crowne Plaza hotel and across from the Natick Mall, in Natick. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures, but Rendell has a unique picture book available on Amazon. The Museum has a web site where you initiate a visit request, as well as associated videos on YouTube.

You can get through all the rooms in under three hours. But making two visits of about two hours each is better. The German and American material is particularly overwhelming in its richness and can be taken in in two-three hours. But there's also rare Russian and Japanese material that you won't be able to absorb fully without a second visit. Rendell has also collected material from resistance movements, concentration and death camps, and the Korean war and early part of the Cold War (very James Bond-ish).

Visited April 2013
3 Thank neutrinoman
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New York City, New York
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6 attraction reviews
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“Well worth the planning”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This unmarked, off the beaten path museum is well worth making the advance arrangements for your visit. If you are in the Boston area, take the time and see some of the most amazing artifacts in this collection. Letters, weapons, uniforms, and more gathered by one man, Ken Rendell. This is not for children unless you have a very mature child historian. Don't miss this if you are a history buff!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank DRP2607
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Framingham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“What a surprise!”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

I live 3 miles from this hidden gem and didn't even realize it. I would go on at length at the INCREDIBLE objects this museum/private collection has but I feel its better not too. Just go and discover it yourself. You must email in advance for entrance and the suggested donation is $20-25...well worth it!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank H2theIggo
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“The Best WWII Museum”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

This museum has to be the best museum focusing on WWII. As my Father-In-Law is close to 90 years of age and a WWII, Pacific Theatre vet, I though it would be a great way to spend a day with him. We've visited the museum in the past and this visit was even better than the previous visit.

A listening device is provided and plugging in corresponding numbers on the walls, the flow through the museum is easy and very detailed.

We love how the museum is laid out in a timeline, from the surrender of Germany post WWI through the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, followed by the allies perspective. Some of the artifacts are very moving such as the full length portrait of Hitler as well as his brown shirt.

The several variations enigma machines were very impressive and as with most artifacts, we were able to touch the keyboards and observe the corresponding letter associated with that key stroke.

Weapons of every kind are also available to pick up. German, British, US and Japanese weapons are all there.

To actually see the Operation Overlord documents is unbelievable. There are so many pieces to see, touch and listen that our three hours weren't even close to enough time.

Wheel chair accessible, the museum is very easy for those bringing in their senior citizens. The staff is extremely helpful and attentive to those who may have questions.

Please support this museum. It is a gem and one which should be visited by all.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank JoeP71688
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