National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

Pay tribute to World War II heroes and learn about the conflict at National Museum of the Pacific War. Located in Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s hometown, this museum complex includes three major sites--the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the George H.W. Bush Gallery, and the Pacific Combat Zone. Guided tours, artifacts, documents, weapons, and multimedia presentations illustrate the war in the Pacific. Visit the Japanese Garden of Peace, donated by the government of Japan on the town's 130th anniversary. A single ticket gives you access to all of the sites and is valid for two days. Plan your National Museum of the Pacific War visit and explore what else you can see and do in Fredericksburg using our Fredericksburg tour itinerary maker site .
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  • October 3, 2017
    This is a top notch destination consisting of the Nimitz Museum and the War of the Pacific Museum. We did it in two parts 2 to 2 1/2 hours at the Nimitz and an 1 1/2 at Pacific. Very well done.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    If you have an interest in WW II history, this is a great place. Lots of interesting information about the war in the Pacific. You can spends hours (or days) walking through and looking at all the inf...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    If you have not been to this museum in the past 5-10 years, I highly encourage you to visit. We were extremely impressed with the quality of this museum since the upgrade was completed. It nicely comp...  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    Massive museum with tons of exhibits. Plan to spend all day and possibly a second, the ticket is good for 48 hours. Lots of information about the war and the events leading up to it. It is obviously focused on the Pacific portion which is nice as history classes tend to focus more on the European part of the war.
  • June 12, 2017
    Numerous exhibits detailing the events leading up to the war, the war itself and after. The tickets are good for 48 hours and you could easily spend that much time in the museum without seeing everything. Definitely worth the trip to Fredericksburg.
  • May 2, 2017
    From the street this may seem like a small museum, but it's surroundings mask a huge complex. I wasn't expecting much for a museum in a smaller community like Fredericksburg, but this is on par with top tier museums you'd find in major metropolitan population hubs. This is the type of museum you really need to carve out at least 3-4 hours to visit. Be forewarned there may be additional ticket costs based on what you are visiting. In addition to the comprehensive museum and exhibits, there's a huge memorial garden that's free and open to the public as well with a water fountain, and many plaques for ships and people. I was surprised to discover the grounds has a massive Zen garden with Japanese tea style house that was a replica of the study of Admiral Togo, it was a gift by the Japanese people for Nimitz's efforts to help improve US/Japanese relations after the war. The bronze statue of Nimitz viewable from main street is beautifully rendered--you had the impression of individual threads on the buttons!
  • May 18, 2017
    Awesome muesum. A must for anybody into WWII history. Much larger than expected set aside a few hours to see it all. The tickets are good for 48 hrs so you can split it up over two days.
  • May 1, 2017
    Amazing museum! Biggest we've ever been to and definitely, definitely worth the money. You get access to not only this museum, but the Nimitz museum and the "combat" zone. We did not allow ourselves enough time to tour, though. You need at least a good six hours just to get through the Pacific museum.

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