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National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

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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. Using our international travel planner, Fredericksburg attractions like National Museum of the Pacific War can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • So many different items on display - so much more than I ever learned about in history class. Love the jeeps!  more »
  • My wife and I spent about three hours touring the museum and could have spent longer. The museum covers everything from the conflicts between Japan and China all the way up through Pearl Harbor and ev...  more »
  • We strolled in silent thought among the walled pathways lined with commemorative plaques. It is a place of quiet reflection...to honor those whose sacrifices brought peace through the whirlwind of nig...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.