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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Meaningful Experience Centered on The US World War II Pacific Campaign

Since 1967, The National Museum of the Pacific War has expanded to occupy a six-acre campus and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the Nation.


Honor the Greatest Generation Like T. Fred Harvey




To hear the history of the museum first hand and learn more about it, enjoy our interview with WWII US Marine, T. Fred Harvey, wounded in action on day 9 of the Battle of Iwo Jima, and Brandon Vinyard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the museum. 







Over the years the Museum was upgraded and enlarged with additions to the original facility:



1. Memorial Courtyard, the Plaza of Presidents and the Japanese Garden of Peace


This is a special place to honor the individuals, ships and units who fought in the Pacific Theater. The stone monuments of the Plaza of Presidents hold bronze plaques describing each President's WWII military service, from Franklin Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush.  The Japanese Garden of Peace, was a gift from the people of Japan to the people of the United States, in honor of WWII Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.  


 The National Museum of the Pacific is a Meaningful Experience Centered on The US World War II Pacific Campaign

2. George H. W. Bush Gallery 


The Gallery's state-of-the-art 33,000 square foot exhibition opened in 2009 and features 40 media installations, approximately 900 artifacts in 97 climate-controlled cases, 15 macro-artifacts, and hundreds of photographs. 

 The National Museum of the Pacific is a Meaningful Experience Centered on The US World War II Pacific Campaign


3.  The Pacific Combat Zone 


The PCZ is home to the popular WWII Pacific Combat Program that takes place on scheduled weekends throughout the year.  It recently reopened after an $8 million renovation.  Get up close to some of the machines and weapons that helped the United States win the war. See soldiers and weapons as they would have been used in action on an island in the Pacific.  With the renovation came a new and expanded battlefield for the WWII living history program where you can see live reenactments similar to real Pacific battles and even feel the heat from the explosions and flame throwers as discussed in our video above.

 The National Museum of the Pacific is a Meaningful Experience Centered on The US World War II Pacific Campaign

4.  Admiral Nimitz Gallery 


This is the flagship of the Museum Complex, where the original Pacific War Museum was located before the facilities expanded to include three museums on a 6-acre campus.  A landmark in Fredericksburg since the late 1800's, the building was the old Nimitz Steamboat Hotel, owned and operated by Admiral Nimitz's grandfather Charles Henry Nimitz Sr. and is where Chester W. Nimitz spent his early childhood. Improvements are coming with a $4 million renovation planned to begin in March 2019. 

 The National Museum of the Pacific is a Meaningful Experience Centered on The US World War II Pacific Campaign


WWII veterans are welcomed and visit the museum free of charge and you may see veterans viewing or discussing the exhibits.  Stay tuned for interviews at the museum exhibits with one of our favorite veterans, WWII US Marine, T. Fred Harvey, wounded in action on Day 9 and survivor of the infamous Battle of Iwo Jima and other Battles of the Pacific.  Visits to the museum not only educate visitors of all ages about the Pacific Theatre in WWII, but also provide a spirit of reflection and growth about war for all ages.

Learn more about T. Fred Harvey's fascinating life by reading his book:  Hell Yes, I'd Do It Again!



We recommend visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War without hesitation, and while you are there, enjoy the people, and unique culture and food of downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.  You won't regret it!

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