National Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg, Texas

     National Museum of the Pacific War honors the millions of Americans who met and defeated the greatest threat to freedom and democracy of the 20th century. It is the most comprehensive and engaging museum dedicated to the Pacific War  and the perfect veteran-friendly stop for a motor coach bus tour. Spread across more than 6 acres, the complex has more than 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, including modern, interactive exhibits, stateoftheart media and an extraordinary array of unique artifacts in addition to the outdoor exhibits that also line the campus.

     The museum is located in Fredericksburg because it is the hometown of Chester Nimitz. Nimitz left the Texas Hill Country for the US Naval Academy in 1901, and rose to become the CommanderinChief of the United States Pacific Fleet during World War II. The complex is comprised of six main components: the Admiral Nimitz Museum; the George H.W. Bush Gallery; the Japanese Garden of Peace; the Memorial Courtyard; the Plaza of Presidents; the Pacific Combat Zone. The complex also has a gift store, where bus tour passengers can purchase souvenirs including apparel, posters and prints, books, collectibles, children’s gifts and more.

      The museum’s newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, offers a unique indoor/outdoor exhibit featuring restored WWII vehicles and weaponry in staged war zone settings. Bus tour passengers can feel what it was like to walk the deck of a PT Tender alongside a PT Boat, stand in the hangar deck of an aircraft carrier as a torpedo bomber is readied for a strike.

     The National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main Street, provides easy access for motorcoach tour groups. Buses can load and unload around the corner on Austin Street, right in front of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, where passengers will be met by a docent who will provide a history of the museum and explain what there is to see. Located directly across from the gallery is the Visitor Center, with convenient parking for buses.

     Ranked by TripAdvisor as the No. 1 thing to do in Fredericksburg for five years running, the National Museum of the Pacific War is a must-see for veterans and their families. It is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except for holiday closings on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum offers groups of 20 or more a special discounted ticket rate of $8 per person, making the museum one of the best bargains in Fredericksburg for bus tours.

     For more information or to book a tour, contact Shannon Hudson at shudson@nimitzfoundation.org or (830) 997-8600, ext. 250.

     The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property, supported, operated and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.