The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg TX is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in WW2. Their mission is to honor the eight million Americans who served in the war against Japan and the more than 100,000 who gave their lives, truthfully and respectfully telling the stories about the struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs so that future generations can learn the price paid for their freedom.
The mission began in 1967 with the establishment of the Admiral Chester W Nimitz Museum in the restored “Steamboat” Hotel in downtown Fredericksburg. The museum focuses on the life of Admiral Chester W Nimitz Museum, the man at the center of the story of the WW2 Pacific Combat Zone. Admiral Nimitz was a Fredericksburg native that rose to Fleet Admiral of the Pacific Fleet and led the United States Navy in the Battle of Midway.
The Museums have evolved into a world-class Museum featuring a Memorial Courtyard, The Plaza of Presidents, and the Japanese Garden of Peace. The George H.W. Bush Gallery in 2009. The Gallery’s state-of-the-art 33,000 square foot exhibition features 40 media installations, approximately 900 artifacts, 15 macro artifacts (large artifacts including tanks, planes, jeeps, etc.), and hundreds of photographs. Two blocks east of the main campus is the Pacific Combat Zone for guided tours of macro-artifacts and regularly scheduled combat re-enactments. View our Event Calendar for re-enactment dates.