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“A National Treasure”

National Museum of the Pacific War
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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. 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.
Reviewed October 2, 2011

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a national treasure. Our $12 admission gave us full access to all aspects of the Nimitz Museum complex for two days and we could have easily spent two full days touring it. The tribute to Admiral Nimitz in the old Nimitz Hotel on Main Street is well-done and gives great insight to the Commander of the Pacific Fleet in WWII. The Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Courtyard, and Plaza of the Presidents are all top-notch, outdoor components of the museum and are well worth spending time exploring but the George H.W. Bush Gallery is a state-of-the art museum with interactive exhibits, thousands of artifacts, and, most moving of all, the voices of the men who served our country. This is truly an amazing exhibit. You will want to devote several hours to touring it. If you are lucky enough to be in Fredericksburg on the weekend of a WWII re-enactment, make sure to spend an extra hour or so learning about combat in the war zone.

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

If you are a military history buff, this is a must see place. The quality of the exhibits is on par with Britain's Imperial War Museum. They give a rather balanced portrayal of the Pacific War, with an excellent job explaining how the war began (they begin with Admiral Perry opening up Japan to U.S. Trade). The ticket gives you two days admission, and you will need it.

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Reviewed September 17, 2011

My husband and I visited here and I have to say it was very interesting. There is a lot of reading but also some really neat audio and video. I can see where it would be a great place to visit on a school field trip. We also did the tour of the battle field. All in all I have to give this the thumbs up for ages 12 & up

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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Make sure you give your self time to buy the tix and make the walk so you are not late for the beginning of the show. And don't miss the earplugs at the entrance, you will need them!! You learn alot about the uniforms and artillary. We sat in the second row on a windy day and had dirt blown in our face so sit in the back if it is windy. It is worth the $7.50 and 1.5 hrs. I also feel that if someone is considering joining the military they should definitely see this.

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Reviewed September 7, 2011

Completely updated w/new exhibits (last time there about 2001). Stunning presentation of exhibits on WWII in thePacific; many large artifacts, well stocked bookstore (2 of them!); Do not miss the "History Walk", a couple of blocks away. We were there for the WWII Living History Program (most holiday weekends), a truly amazing performance.

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