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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.
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Unbelievable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Make sure to see all three areas of the museum in three different places. The Nimitz Hotel exhibit has the history of the 5-star admiral who grew up in the Texas hill country, as well as the history of the town of Fredericksburg. The main museum, around the corner from the Nimitz Hotel, is amazing. I spent three hours there and only got halfway through the first day. Finally, the Pacific Combat Zone, a couple blocks away, gives you an up close look at the equipment used to fight the war. Tickets are good for 48 hours from time of purchase, so spread your visit out over two days and enjoy some time in the nice little town of Fredericksburg.

Visited November 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Amazing and enlightening--plan two full days”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

What an amazing museum! We spent an entire day going through the George H.W. Bush Gallery covering the timeline of the War in the Pacific from the earliest conflicts involving Japan, China, and Russia, and running all the way through the aftermath of the atomic bomb. They've made a huge effort to gather oral histories from those who lived the war, and there are listening stations throughout the exhibit. Make sure you take the time to listen to those. The sheer amount of information and artifacts is overwhelming, but it's definitely worth the time.

Make sure you check out the Admiral Nimitz exhibit, the Peace Garden, and especially the Pacific Combat Zone. We were there too late in the year to see one of their live reenactments, but I can't imagine how powerful that must be. Just standing in the recreation of a Pacific Island landing zone was amazing.

All in all, we spent two full days at the museum and could probably have used a couple more hours just to make sure we saw everything.

Visited November 2013
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tanks coming ! flame throwers ! Cordite Arghhhhh ! P51 Strafing !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

You will be hard pressed to complete the dynamic story of the Pacific War inside this extensive museum. My grandsons had been coached by their WW2 uncles about what we saw.., Yet,It was a sobering walk through history inflamed with the cost of our freedom..

Be prepared to see the actual bow of a submarine piercing the water with the energy of a free Nation.


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Visited December 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Huge exhibit.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Get the headset, it's free. Exhaustive exhibit about WWII. Lots of memorabilia, pictures, and some planes, a submarine, etc. A lot of information to see, with some outside exhibits as well. Well worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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“Tells the whole story!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a Must Do! Excellent museum from all standpoints and for all age levels and education levels. Goes back to 1850's to cover root causes of conflict and proceeds in a very thorough and interesting way using state of the art graphics and videos. Very rare and well preserved artifacts. Living history presentations are beyond exceptional!! Even the pacificists loved this museum!

Visited November 2013
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