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Visit Fredericksburg's top attraction this summer

The National Museum of the Pacific War, a Smithsonian Affiliate, draws in history buffs and summer travelers alike.

Presented by National Museum of the Pacific War June 6, 2022

Summer is a great time to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, a Smithsonian Affiliate. On six acres in downtown Fredericksburg, the Museum features over 55,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and nearly 1000 artifacts ranging from a Japanese midget submarine involved in the Pearl Harbor attack, to a TBM Avenger like the one flown by a young George H.W. Bush, to a flag made by American POWs to celebrate their liberation.

“Why is this museum in Fredericksburg?” The answer is simple – it is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who led the U.S. Navy to victory in WWII in the Pacific and rose to the Navy’s highest rank. The Admiral Nimitz Gallery tells his story and pays tribute to his leadership legacy.

While artifacts abound, it is the stories of the men and women who served in and supported the Pacific War that provides visitors with a human connection and insight into the impact that WWII has on our nation today and into the future.

In addition to indoor exhibits, the Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Courtyard and Pacific Combat Zone provide plenty to explore outdoors. The Museum is a great family experience, including hands-on and electronic interactives. Weekends at the Museum offer programs such as Living History Reenactments and Outposts that bring history to life. Visit the website to get a sampling of all that the Museum has to offer, the events schedule, over 5,000 oral histories and other digital resources.

National Museum of the Pacific War