I'd recently finished "Goodbye, Darkness," William Manchester's book about the Pacific War, so I was eager to see this relatively new museum, all 33,000 square feet of it in the George H.W. Bush Gallery. The guide advises you to allow a minimum of 2 1/2 hours to wander through the exhibits, which cover not only the battles of World War II in the Pacific theater, but also events in India, China and Burma and reactions from "Stateside". I only had about ninety minutes and that simply wasn't enough time; I'd barely gotten to Tarawa -- not quite half-way through -- before it was obvious that I'd run out of time. Aside from missing some marvelous exhibits, I never had the chance to visit the Museum Store! Since my return from Texas, I've watched the HBO miniseires, "The Pacific," and now I'm doubly sorry not to have spent time on the Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa exhibits, since those battles are featured in the series.
Things get started a little slowly with some historical information about the developing climate in Japan, China, the United States and elsewhere in the years from roughly 1600 onwards, called "Seeds of Conflict" and "Countdown to War." Along the top of the wall you can see notable dates from American history to orient you in case the story boards fail to mention what was happening "at home." But then you enter the large room devoted to Pearl Harbor, where a submarine and multimedia show await. It's a very effective way of putting you THERE.
There are life-sized exhibits, including an original two-man midget submarine from the Pearl Harbor attack, and lots of interesting material including items that regular soldiers, sailors and Marines used in battle and in daily living. Many rooms include animations and archival film or photographs. A very touching exhibit focuses on the Sullivan Brothers, five young men who were all killed in action.
The Museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Admission is $12.00 for adults and includes all three museums (Admiral Nimitz and the Pacific Combat Zone) which can be visited within forty-eight hours of first admission.
If time permits, it is well worthwhile to spend a few minutes in the Memorial Courtyard and the Japanese Garden of Peace, venues in which one can reflect upon the almost unbelievable events which transpired almost seventy years ago, costing hundreds and hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides.
When researching our trip, it was a 'given' that the guys would be interested in the National Museum of the Pacific War.
The museum is divided into different areas: Admiral Nimitz Museum, National Museum of the Pacific War and the Pacific Combat Zone, which requires a guided tour. We were fortunate to arrive on the weekend of a RE-ENACTMENT. (Earplugs were provided!)
The Re-enactment took place at the Combat Zone and featured weapon demos used during the Pacific War, military vehicles and a historical sketch of wartime.
Hours are daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 9am-5pm. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and active military with IDs; $5 WWII Veteran; adult tour groups of 20 more more $5 each and $4 for students age 6 and over.
Check the website below for more tour opportunities for student and docent guided tours.
Formerly the Nimitz Museum, the complex is now America's only museum centered on World War II's Pacific campaign. The museum described the history going back many centuries
between Japan, China, Korea and Russia.
Three and a half acre museum complex includes a pioneer home and store; a Victorian-style home; barn; blacksmith shop; smokehouse; log cabin; wagon shed; one-room school house; a Sunday House; and a fire museum. Nancy and I walked around the site, but due to time constraints did not stay long.
These hands-on outdoor exhibits are found in front the the George Bush Gallery of the museum. The youngsters enjoyed crawling over them, while their grandfathers and great-grandfathers explained their roles in the war.
Behind Admiral Nimitz's home is the Museum of the Pacific War. Here are some of the best artifacts, mementos, and educational materials on the largest naval war ever fought. It's certainly a must-see for any veteran or history buff.
The museum is extremely large and well interpreted. The Nimitz hotel portion will be completed in 2007. For a person moderately interested in the Pacific war I would allow 1.5 hours for the open part of the museum and 1 hour for the offsite pacific combat zone tour. The Nimitz hotel portion will be 40,000 square feet of exhibits so I'm guessing you should allow another hour for that once it is open. War buffs could probably spend a day here. Why is this world class museum in a small texas town? Admiral Nimitz was born here.
The National Museum of the Pacific War is dedicated to telling the story of the war in the Pacific during World War II is run by the Texas Historical Commission and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The museum is associated with the Nimitz Museum and consists of displays dedicated to the Pacific Combat Zone, a Veterans Walk of Honor and Memorial Wall, Plaza of Presidents, George H. W. Bush Gallery and a Japanese Garden of Peace. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for Seniors 62 and up; $10 for military (including retired); and $7 for kids 6 and up; and includes admission to the Nimitz Museum for up to 2 days..
We spent a morning going through this great museum on this past Memorial Day. When we purchased our tickets they told us the tickets would be good for a full 48 hours. Good thing, because a generous amount of time is needed, not only to view the exhibits, but also to fully understand the whys and wherefores. We highly recommend it, especially for anyone with any interest at all in WWII and the many battles fought in the Pacific Theater. However, everyone will gain a greater understanding from the information found here. Filled with actual artifacts, including recovered planes and a submarine, the photos and amount of information is overwhelming, but thorough. It is evident from the start that the planners of this museum sought to educate, as well as, remind the public of the importance of what happened in the Pacific. Beginning with the initial causes of the conflict between Japan and China, which really began after Napoleon was defeated and world trade with the East opened, then tracing WWII to it's inevitable conclusion of destruction and devastation caused by the atomic bomb, the viewer has an opportunity to grasp the breadth and width of this terrible war that impacted the whole world. The facts and background of the war are presented without bias, but also much respect and understanding - especially as regards the Japanese people and their determination and tenacity. Do not miss the Japanese Peace Garden. Four Stars.
If you are interested by the subject, the Admiral Nimitz is born in the area and there is a museum dedicated to its part of WW2 that took place in the Pacific ocean.