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US National Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg, Texas, United States

Lucy Davidson

08 Jul 2021

About US National Museum of the Pacific War

The US National Museum of the Pacific War is a World War II museum focusing on the story of the Pacific War. Artefacts, information panels, interactive exhibits and recreations all come together in the National Museum of the Pacific War to chronicle this conflict, from the build up to its aftermath.

History of US National Museum of the Pacific War

The museum is located in Fredericksburg, Texas, where Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who was commander in chief Pacific Ocean Areas during the Second World War, grew up. A hotel owned by Nimitz’ grandfather was restored to its original design in 1968 with the intent of focusing on Admiral Nimitz. From 2000 onwards, the complex was dedicated exclusively to the Pacific Theatre battles of the Second World War.

In 1976, the 130th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, the Japanese government gifted the museum with the Japanese Garden of Peace. In 1995, a tribute to the ten United States Presidents who served during the Second World War was opened.

US National Museum of the Pacific War Today

Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the Pacific War by interacting with recreations of the battlefields, tanks, guns, and uniforms which played a role in the conflict. What’s interesting about the National Museum of the Pacific War is that it looks not just at the Allied aspect of this war, but also at the other side. For example, its weaponry includes an impressive collection of Japanese items.

Also at the National Museum of the Pacific War is a gallery dedicated to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who commanded the United States Pacific Fleet in World War II. In 2020, the museum was recognised as the fifth-best history museum in the United States by USA Today readers.

Getting to US National Museum of the Pacific War

From the centre of Fredericksburg, the US National Museum of the Pacific War is a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk via E Austin St.

 

 

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