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“Surprising Find in Central Texas”

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.
San Antonio, Texas
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“Surprising Find in Central Texas”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

This museum, built around the boyhood home of Admiral Chester Nimitz in the German-settled town of Fredericksburg, is a surprising find in Central Texas. It's no Smithsonian, but it's clearly worth the price and worth the visit. Spread widely over several acres (due to the availability of building space?), it features a competent collection of WWII Pacific-War memorabilia. And, on weekends there are reenactments at one of the facilities. Great for kids; good for adults who respect what the museum represents. In short, this is a "must see" if one is in the area.

Visited September 2011
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Spicewood, Texas
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“A Must Stop”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

It's unusual to find such a well appointed museum in a small town. If you're a history buff or have a casual interest in great American heroes, this is a 'must' stop. Great place to spend some time with your children.

Visited July 2011
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Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
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“A Lot of Valuable History”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Nation Museum of the Pacific War puts together a number of wonderful exhibits including the World War II reenactment about once monthly. You can call or visit their website for the date of this event where volunteers dress is traditional uniforms and use weapons and vehicles from the 1940's to teach the history of and reenact a battle from the war. This is located down the street from the building and is within walking distance from their building location for most.

The Museum is large which is why your tickets are good for 48 hours. Plan to pace yourself, it is a lot to see and seating for breaks is limited.

Visited July 2011
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“Worth the trip to Fredericksburg!”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

Excellent museum - well organized and quite big and thorough. The audio supplements the written stuff; plenty of video too showing the battles and strategies.

We spent 2hrs and got to see 1/3 to 1/2 only. The ticket lets you comeback the next day so take advantage of that.

If you are in town during summer - even more worth the visit as it is a great way to escape the heat.

Visited June 2012
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Mansfield, Texas
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Plan on at least 3 hours and probably more. This brings the Pacific war ALIVE. If you want to know WHY Pearl Harbor was bombed, or WHY Iwo Jima was so important, or WHY the US dropped the atomic bombs, this place has the answer.

Visited June 2012
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