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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of the Pacific War

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 for guided tours of macro-artifacts and regularly scheduled combat re-enactments.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Very comprehensive history of the pacific war presented in an interesting and informative way. I recommend starting with the tour which shows highlights like an entire PT boat around which they built the building in which it is displayed. It starts you off right. They also have reenactments eight times a year which are really exciting. They show the battle between the Japanese and the US marines. The museum is well balanced. There is a section on life in Japan during the war. You do need two days to see all of it, but it is worth it.

Visited August 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Incredible Collection, Reverent Presentation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

I have visited the National Museum of the Pacific War several times. In fact, nearly 20 years ago it was housed in the old Nimitz Hotel and named the Nimitz Museum after Admiral Nimitz, who was born in Fredericksburg.
Recently I attended a lecture about the Battle of Midway. It was held in the Nimitz Ballroom, which is a small venue. 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Hagee, introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Craig Symonds, noted historian. Also in attendance that day were several WWII veterans. Among them, Lt. Cmdr. Brody, survivor of that battle and sinking of the Yorktown.
The event was a class act.
The George Bush Gallery at the museum houses a collection that presents an accurate and engaging view of WWII in the Pacific Theater. It's family friendly. Just a couple of blocks away is an extension of the museum, the Combat Zone Museum. This area houses outdoor and indoor exhibits of aircraft, tanks and other vehicles. Battle re-enactments are scheduled in the section that provides covered bleacher-type seating.
This best-kept secret should be shared. It's a wonderful day trip from Austin or San Antonio, worth the beautiful drive into the Texas Hill Country.

Visited August 2012
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Keller, Texas
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great museum - who knew?!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

My brother told us about the museum or we would never have known to check it out. They joke about being the best kept secret in Texas and trying to get the word out. This is a wonderful museum and luckily the ticket is good for two days because you need that long! They suggest that you not try to do it all in one long visit but break it up and they are right. We did the Admiral Nimitz museum, George H. W. Bush Gallery, Memorial Courtyard and Plaza of the Presidents on the first day with a lunch break in there. The second day we went back to the Pacific Combat Zone which a lot of people don't ever get to and that's a shame. We want to go back on a week-end when they do re-enactments at the Pacific Combat Zone! They have done a wonderful job and history is so important!! We tend to forget that today. I think most people know more about the Atlantic side of WWII than the Pacific side and this is an excellant chance to learn about it. Highly recommend this!

Visited August 2012
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“worth every penny”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Very comprehensive display, beginning with discord with china and japan. Tickets are $14.00 each for adults and good for 2 days. And it will take you 2 full days to really read and see everything. Most of it is indoors, which is nice to be out of the heat. Lots of reading of history that children will get bored with, but they would like to see the actual submarine, planes, etc. that they have on display.

Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very interesting Museum and combat zone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Really good museum, large and full of artifacts. The combat zone is around the corner and full of machinery that kids will love.

Visited July 2012
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