A Must See in the Hill Country
The National Museum of the Pacific War P h o t o g rap h y b y C o l b y N as h an d J enny K istler
With over 100,000 visitors per year, the National Museum of the Pacific War is a hidden gem in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Located in historic Fredericksburg, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, it is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to the story of WWII in the Pacific.
xperience the story of WWII in the Pacific like only the National Museum of the Pacific War can tell it. The Museum has more than 45,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space with over 900 artifacts, and 15 macro– artifacts on exhibit including a Japanese Midget Sub (the only one of its kind in the U.S.), a B–25 Bomber, FM-2 Wildcat Fighter, Japanese Kawanishi N1K “Rex” Float Plane (also the only one of its kind in the U.S.), Admiral’s Barge, and a PT boat (only wooden PT boat in the U.S.). The interactive tour incorporating audio, video, imagery, commentary from actual veterans, computer interfaces, and sound effects of creaking ships and planes overhead really allows your imagination to visualize what it may have been like during the Pacific War. The museum sits on 6 acres composed of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Pacific Combat Zone, Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Plaza of the Presidents.
In the George H.W. Bush Gallery, follow the war from the seeds of conflict to the signing of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. Go island to island with the brave Marines and Army as they fight their way to ensure America’s freedom. Sail with the U.S Navy Pacific Fleet as they battle for the seas of the Pacific. The Admiral Nimitz Museum is located in the historic Nimitz Hotel on Main Street, which was built by Admiral Nimitz’s grandfather Charles Nimitz Sr. The first half of the Nimitz Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the town of Fredericksburg and the Nimitz family. The second half is dedicated to Chester Nimitz’s long and impressive naval career. A block-and-a-half down from the George H.W. Bush Gallery sets the Pacific Combat Zone. The Combat Zone is accessed by guided tours at the top of every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Step onto a Japanese island beach head complete with tall bamboo and palm trees and equipped with Japanese weaponry
and entrenchments. Get an up close look at U.S. and Japanese vehicles used in the Asiatic–Pacific Campaign; on certain weekends throughout the year you can also enjoy the Combat program. During the Living Museum demonstration, there is a pyrotechnics display of gun fighting, tank fire, explosions, as well as a flame thrower. Onlookers can safely watch all of this from their place in the bleachers overlooking the Combat Zone. Stroll the Memorial Courtyard filled with over 1800 plaques dedicated to those who served in the Pacific during World War II. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from the Japanese government in honor of all that Fleet Admiral Nimitz did to improve U.S./Japanese relations after the war. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Tickets are very affordable and are good for 48 hours. This Museum truly honors our nation’s heroes and tells the human story, while inspiring new generations.
For more information, including a schedule of Living History Programs, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org or call (830) 997–8600.
44 LIFESTYLE APRIL / MAY 2013
Published on Apr 14, 2013
Published on Apr 14, 2013
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