One of the highlights that sets the National Museum of the Pacific War apart from other museums is its WWII Pacific Combat Living History Program. The unique exhibit brings history to life through weapon and equipment demonstrations, and a live battle reenactment with special effects, a tank and WWII flamethrower. 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, and view Japanese battlefield entrenchments.
The show has actually been closed since the fall of 2015 when the museum began the $8 million renovation to the Pacific Combat Zone. Phase two consisted of the construction of a large vehicle building and shop to house the museum’s fourteen military vehicles and a Higgins boat which will be used during the show. Construction of a common area for living history volunteers which includes showers, bathrooms, and sleeping quarters. The biggest project of the second phase has been complete reconstruction of the battlefield used for the WWII Pacific Combat Living History Program. The reconstruction has doubled the size of the battlefield, added a Japanese hilltop, and expanded seating in a new amphitheater that can hold 425 guest.
Now running again, shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with two viewings each day at 10:30 and 2:00. The museum has eight weekends set for 2017 and tickets can be purchased online at www.pacificwarmuseum.org.
The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. It is the only institution in the U.S. deciated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.