Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site - National Museum of the Pacific War
Fredericksburg, Texas (Gillespie County)

About the State Historic Site

The centerpiece of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site is the National Museum of the Pacific War, a museum committed exclusively to sharing the history of World War II in the Pacific Theatre and the life of U.S. Navy Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Part of the museum is housed in the old Nimitz Hotel.

Situated on nine acres in beautiful Fredericksburg, Texas, the Historic Site includes the George Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of Presidents, Veterans' Walk of Honor, Japanese Garden of Peace, Pacific Combat Zone, and the Center for Pacific War Studies.

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities 0 star
Leashed Pets Permitted? NO
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds* 1 star
Solitude** 2 star
Trail System* 1 star
Water Recreation 0 star
Wildlife** 2 star
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).

Wild Texas Notebook

Justin and I were very impressed with the amount of information and the quality presentations we received on our visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War and Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site. The size of the Nimitz Hotel on Fredericksburg's Main Street belies just how much there is to the museum and museum grounds!

The George W. Bush Museum of the Pacific War is within a short walk from the Nimitz, and it is so large we actually didn't get to see all of the exhibits despite one long mid-afternoon/evening visit (they closed at 5 PM). Very informative! There are hundreds of plaques memorializing entire boat, nurse, medic and other crews and retelling various events. For those of us who were not even alive when these events occurred, it really helps bring the enormity of the sacrifices and obstacles faced in war more to life.

I highly recommend you pay for the guided Pacific Combat Zone tour offered by the museum. The tour features impressive static displays -- entrenched military positions, tanks, a simulated aircraft carrier hangar deck with a TBM Avenger aircraft, an American PT boat and a Quonset hut hospital, among other things. The tour was the highlight of our visit to the museum! Again, you don't necessarily expect much from the outside of the "tour grounds", but once inside it's clear the Admiral Nimitz Foundation has spent a lot of time and money to make the experience an accurate and informative history-based tour.

Location

Located in Gillespie County, 70 miles from San Antonio or 75 miles from Austin, on Main Street in Fredericksburg.

The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio

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30.271° Latitude    -98.867° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round, except for Christmas day.
Park buildings are open from 10 AM to 5 PM; outdoor exhibits are open from 8 AM to 4:45 PM.

The park is available for day use only; no overnight camping is permitted.

Fees

A self-guided site tour fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older, or $3 per person for students. Children under the age of six are admitted free of charge.

The tour fee includes a guided tour of the Pacific Combat Zone exhibit.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Helen McDonald via E-Mail or telephone at (830)997-4379, extension 228, for more information.

Official Contact Information

The State Historic Site is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.

Texas Historical Commission Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site - National Museum of the Pacific War
P.O. Box 777
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Telephone: (830)997-4379