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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.
Austin, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Humble yourself, enjoy the freedom others have brought you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

In the midst of an election... I truly believe as an American, this gem should be visited. Okay, I'm an older dude, grew up with a father who was a Danish resistance fighter and grew up in a country crippled by WW2.

The Museum itself is a monument to the sacrifice of a free world.. extremely humbling.

The exhibits themselves will be difficult at best to take all in one day. However, it's definitely worth a couple of visits. The price of admission gets you a walking audio tour which is nice. No over sale there. The actual boards and exhibits are easy to view and you can take you time viewing what you wish. Layout is well designed and the stuff is pretty dang neat.. albeit the fog of war is very much upfront. They have some huge items.. a submarine, a plane, jeeps, guns and uniforms and interactive displays.. and this is just in the Bush wing.

The ticket price is good for 48 hours, so you can come back the next day and view the bits and bobs you may have missed or didn't have enough time on your first visit. They have guided tours available on the hour, which I will definitely come back to check out. The complex is very large, so I cannot imagine getting everything in the first time in. There is much learning here, even for the seasoned military geek and a must see if you happen to be in Fredericksburg..

Visited October 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Worth A Trip to Fredericksburg All On Its Own”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

This is an excellent museum. Its is laid out in a way that is comprehensive and engaging. The material follows a clear flow that allows all visitors to feel as if they are reliving the war as it is going on. The displays include a variety of objects such as authentic tanks and planes, and excellent videos that help describe in detail each step along the war. While I normally can skim through a museum in about 1 hour, this one has me engrossed for the the better part of four hours. If you even remotely like history museums, you will love this one. Tickets are good for two days, so if you want to split out the experience over a few visits you can. It is an easy walk to the main drag where all the shops and restaurants are.

Visited October 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent presentation of significant part of WWII”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is an excellent museum that recently underwent a renovation. The displays are excellent and present you with the option of a quick overview on a video table in each section or detailed photos and explanations on panels. Several interactive panels are also available. One block away is an annex where a live re-enactment of an attack on a Japanese position is held and various weapons and war vehicles are on display.

Visited October 2012
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Denton, Texas
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“Pacific War Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a world class museum that stacks up against big city museums. If one takes the time to read and listen to each exhibit, you could easily spend a minimum of 4 hours. Restrooms are conveniently located throughout the museum, and direction signs are also clear and visible. Don't miss this on your trip to Fredricksburg.

Visited October 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Awesome Museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This museum has a very nice wall memorial for those who served in the Pacific under Admiral Nimitz! Loved it! :)

Visited October 2012
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