The U.S. observes Veterans Day on November 11 to honor people who have served in the American military. And Dripping Springs residents have the perfect place to go. And that’s the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, the only museum dedicated to World War II’s Pacific theater.
About the National Museum of the Pacific War
Only an hour’s drive from Dripping Springs, the National Museum of the Pacific War honors millions of Americans who served during World War II’s Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Sprawling across six acres, the Museum contains more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits, archives, collections, and interactive media presentations.
The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission Property managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The organization’s goals for the museum are:
- Preserve and exhibit the history of WWII in the Pacific and Indo-China.
- Provide and join programs honoring veterans.
- Display the history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
- Supply the public, researchers, teachers, and historians with a platform to explore WWII in the Pacific.
The museum’s collection contains 900 artifacts across almost 100 climate-controlled cases, 40 media installations, 15 macro-artifacts, and hundreds of photographs. Just two blocks away is the Pacific Combat Zone where reenactors demonstrate the uniforms, tactics, and weapons of the American and Japanese military.
The Story of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
The museum is in the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who served in the U.S. Pacific Fleet during WWII. The museum’s property includes the Admiral Nimitz Museum in the Nimitz hotel. Its exhibit tells his story beginning as a young boy as well as the story of the hotel.
Admiral Nimitz’s grandfather built the hotel in 1852. It gained the nickname Steamboat Hotel because of its ship’s bow front. The hotel featured a ballroom, smokehouse, bath-house, saloon, and brewery. Famous guests include U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, General Ulysses S. Grant, and General Robert E. Lee.
By 2025, the National Museum of the Pacific War will become a recognized international center for research on WWII’s Asiatic-Pacific Theater. It plans to offer virtual access to exhibits, collections, and educational programs.
National Museum of the Pacific War on Veterans Day
On Monday, November 11 at 11 am, the museum holds its annual Veterans Day Program to thank those who have served the country. Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham will give the keynote and the Fredericksburg Chorale performs at the free event open to the public.
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