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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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  • I had no idea this museum even existed! I've been reading quite a bit about WW2, and was thrilled to see in person some of the actual articles from history. Very informative and worth the money!  more »
  • Years ago we went to Fredericksburg to volksmarch and visited the Nimitz Museum, basically a small section of the Nimitz Hotel (Adm. Nimitz grew up there). Recently, we've been back twice to take out ...  more »
  • We visited the Pacific War Museum during a short visit to Fredericksburg, so unfortunately did not have as much time as needed to really see everything as it should. However, I have to say this is tru...  more »
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  • Such an incredible museum! If you are interested in history, especially military history, this is a must see! We spent about 5 hours in it and easily could have spent another 1 or 2, but since it was closing we had to speed up the last bit. There is so much to see, read, and watch, and even interact with. Not only do you get access to the main museum, but to other museums as well. We didn't even make it to the Nimitz museum. Honestly, I cannot recommend this museum enough! Get the self-guided audio tool too; if you're short on time, it does a good job summarizing some of the exhibits.
  • Fantastic learning experience. The museum tells the story in a variety of mediams and depending on the speed of your reading skills it could take all day. The museum is designed in a maze and there are several well marked doors to get back to the lobby for rest rooms and the like. The only negative to the experience would be the lack of seating. They do have wheel-chairs and scooters available, however a large elderly group came in after we started the museum maze, and I did hear many complaining there was not very many places to sit and regroup.
  • I had a great time at this museum. Everything is so clean and the exhibits were great. There were 3 parts to this museum so best bang for your buck. the staff is so kind and helpful. I would visit again
  • Really loved this museum and its exhibits! While we only had a few hours to spend, it is helpful that the ticket is good for two days. Hope to come back another time to explore more fully, and hopefully when that day comes the museum interpretive staff will have done a much better job of exploring the Aleutian Campaign. To see a segment of the Pacific War which included a battle with higher death ratio than others in the Pacific, failing to mention Koga's Zero (which allowed the American engineers to reverse engineer the Zero and learn how to defeat it) or the internment of the Aleut/Unangan people, and interesting tidbits like one of the Zero pilots on the Bombing of Pearl Harbor also was one of the pilots who bombed Dutch Harbor on June 3 and 4, 1942, that the Arkansas coastal artillery troops were divided into two groups which a coin toss decided who went to the Aleutians and who went to the South Pacific (those who went to Alaska survived; most who were sent to the South Pacific did not) or that the families of the Japanese soldiers who had died during the Battle of Attu had been told that their loved ones had died in the South Pacific, that Dashiell Hammett had his teeth pulled so he could serve, which he did as an editor of an Army newspaper of an integrated news staff, or include reprints of the comics from those papers. Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the one small back corner dedicated to the Aleutian Campaign and one that I almost missed even though it was the primary purpose for our visit.
  • Texas's best kept secret. You'll want to take two days to see this magnificent museum. There are so many things to see inside and in adjacent buildings. Listening wands were complimentary. Wear a good pair of walking shoes and spend some time outside in the garden and memorial area. Tickets are good for 48 hours - loved that. Everyone there very nice and knowledgeable. Amazing artifacts and you'll not only learn about the every battle in the Pacific war, but the history in the world leading up to it. I got a great understanding of the battles my grandpa was in during WW2. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Amazing!