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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.
Reviewed February 1, 2014

I've spent a week at the various Smithsonian museums, and seen the Normandy museums of World War 2, and was expecting an old building with a few rooms of weapons and souvenirs.
Not so. In my opinion this is a world class museum for the history of the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War 2. Based initially on Fredericksburg native son, 5 star Admiral Chester Nimitz, it has evolved into a wonderful history lesson of the period and the causes of the war, as well as the telling of how it was fought. Multiple audio visual techniques and hundreds or perhaps thousands of relics of the war will enlighten even veteran history buffs and historians. Very rare items include one of the Japanese midget subs from Pearl Harbor, a Japanese "Rex" float plane, a patrol torpedo (PT) boat, etc.

This is so well done, I would literally drive a day or more to see it. I can't say that about many things. I highly recommend a visit. Parking is on street in front and in back of the various museums, which are not all located next to each other, but are within walking distance.
Be sure and note the map of exhibits given to you at the entrance. They are numbered and not only help you seek out what you want to see, but help you through what works out to be a maze.
If you've ever shopped an IKEA store, you'll understand.

Be sure and catch the guided tour and ask about the reenactments which take place periodically.

I would definitely recommend an overnight trip for this attraction. It is comprehensive and detailed and if you are a serious museum viewer, all or parts of two days would be a good time frame.

Thank falconfling1
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is a great museum and very detailed! Your tickets are good for 2 days, we suggest breaking up your visit- there is a lot to see.

Thank Pamela R
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

one of the best World War II museums I've ever been to. Interesting place to have it. A "must do" when visiting Fredericksburg.

Thank Ronnie W
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I am a baby boomer, with father and father in law who served in WWII. Grew up when the war was part of the everday culture -- lots of movies, Combat series on TV. Had heard Admiral Nimitz was from Fredricksburg, so decided to go to his museum while there. What we got was so much more. The Nimitz part of small but very well done. There is an outdoor memorial area and Japanese peace garden (there is another area with more of an action type presentation that we ddi not go to). But the big part is a very large facility with a history of the pacific war. The first part of this is a display on the background for the war, something that looks to have been donated by the Chinese and perhaps a bit biased. The bulk of what is here is a generally chronological set of displays of the Paciifc war from the American perspective (not as much on allied involvement). There is a huge amount of material here. We had expected to stay a couple of hours, but stayed nearly four hours, and that was just looking at the major narrative parts of the displays, not looking at every case with artifacts. For anyone with an interest in the war or an interst in teaching about the huge sacrifices and losses involved in such major conflicts, this is a must see.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We went to Fredricksburg yesterday to visit the Museum, and found it totally amazing on so many levels. First, the amount of time that went into planning this museum and the implementing of it to a first class over the top information destination. Luckily the have the electric carts. I believe the gentleman at the counter said that one museum alone was 36,000 sq ft. This is part of our country's history, and the stories are told so well. I just can't say enough good things about it. I doubt I would take small children, unless they are asleep in a stroller.

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