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.
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