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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum (National Museum of the Pacific War) in Fredericksburg, Texas

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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas

No visit to Fredericksburg would be complete without taking the time to tour the Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War. If planning a sightseeing trip to this area of the Lone Star State to see some Texas sites, be sure to schedule enough time to appreciate this particular historical place fully.

In April of 2001, my husband and I spent about a half-day seeing this impressive museum with the indoor and outdoor exhibits. When one purchases a ticket, one is free to enter, exit, and reenter the museum. We spent several hours and then took a break for lunch and went back to view and learn about this part of our country's history concerning the war in the Pacific.

There is so much to look at, including airplanes, tanks, artillery, photos, clothing, diaries, and other artifacts. There is even a Japanese midget submarine housed there captured at Pearl Harbor. The museum houses hundreds of photos and about 900 objects. It takes time to get a sense of all that is there and what the cost of freedom often entails.

Hotel and Stagecoach Stop Becomes Museum

This imposing structure in Fredericksburg, built to resemble the bow of a ship, was originally a hotel built in 1852 by the grandfather of Chester W. Nimitz. He just happened to be a merchant marine in Germany. For years up until 1926, it was a thriving business, and dignitaries as well as other people stayed and were entertained there.

As an only child, Chester W. Nimitz was influenced by his grandfather. His father died before he was born. Whether or not this inspired his naval career, the facts are that after graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Chester W. Nimitz began his career, ultimately ascending to Commander's rank in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II.

The Nimitz Hotel and Stagecoach Stop became the Admiral Nimitz Museum and honors this celebrated Fleet Admiral's career. In the year 2000, the complex was renamed the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Airplane Nose Art

The picture below shows an example of what is known as nose art. Many World War II airplanes were painted with everything from cartoons to pinup girls to names or other scenes depicting patriotism or attitudes such as hatred of the enemy. The artistry varied with the painter's talents, and numerous pieces of nose art are on view in this museum.

WWII Airplane Nose Art at the Nimitz Museum - This one features Popeye.

WWII Airplane Nose Art at the Nimitz Museum - This one features Popeye.

Outdoor Museum Exhibits

When walking outside of the museum, there is also much to see.

There is the Plaza of the Presidents dedicated in September 1995 with monuments honoring the World War 2 service of the ten men who, at some point, became not only a military serviceman but President of the United States and Commander in Chief. These monuments are in a courtyard with an American flag flying high in the center.

The Presidents honored include the following:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • and George H. W. Bush.

Memorial Wall

Presidents of the United States are honored at this National Museum of the Pacific War (Nimitz Museum), and hundreds of plaques honoring people who served in our armed forces are also on an outside wall. Families or even associations can sponsor them, and some also bear images.

The Memorial Wall was dedicated on December 7th, 1977, and a dedication plaque bears Admiral Nimitz's words on the very day he signed the surrender document from the Japanese.

"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation - the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live."

— Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Outdoor Memorial Wall at Nimitz Museum

Outdoor Memorial Wall at Nimitz Museum

Japanese Garden of Peace

On May 8, 1976, the Japanese government made a gift of The Garden of Peace and had it situated at the Nimitz Museum. Written in English, and also with Japanese symbols, this beautiful garden provides a place for quiet reflection with its sand and stone garden as well as tranquil water features.

An inscription reads as follows:

"The Garden of Peace is a gift to the people of the United States from the people of Japan with prayers for everlasting world peace through the goodwill of our two nations, symbolized by the friendship and respect that existed between Admiral Togo and Admiral Nimitz."

George H. W. Bush Gallery

In 1991 a new gallery opened up, showcasing even more artifacts from the War in the Pacific bearing this President's name. It was once again expanded in 2009, and George and Barbara Bush were present along with some Pearl Harbor survivors who were in attendance.

This extensive National Museum of the Pacific War now provides enactments of fighting. It has gone well beyond merely memorializing Admiral Nimitz's life and naval career to include much of what occurred during the times when fighting the Pacific war during World War II.

It is an educational experience and sobering at the same time. War is never pretty!

Texas Destination

If you are a history buff or wish to learn more about this critical time when War in the Pacific occurred, be sure and include sightseeing trips to Fredericksburg, Texas, to visit the Nimitz Museum now called the National Museum of the Pacific War.

My husband and I felt awed and somewhat overwhelmed with emotions after seeing all of this vast repository of World War II history.

It is a Texas destination that you will not soon forget, and one of Texas sites well worth visiting! The address is 340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Glad you found this informative regarding the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. It is surely worth visiting!

Robert Sacchi on May 10, 2016:

Thank you for posting. This Hub tells about a museum that offers much but what many people wouldn't know about if it weren't for Hubs such as this one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Nice that there is such easy access to places like Fredericksburg for your sister who lives in Austin. Many Germans settled in that part of Texas. I wonder if the pastry shop that your sister frequents is of German origin? Doesn't really matter the origin if your sister likes the pastries. Good is good! Hope you get to visit there someday!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 31, 2015:

My little tour guide is at it again....my sister who lives in Austin sometimes drives to Fredricksburg for the day. She has mentioned some of these spots. there is also a little pastry shop there that has delightful tasty treats that she always visits.

Angels are once again on the way to you Peggy ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2015:

Hello Maritess,

Sorry I did not see this sooner as it went into the spam folder. Fredericksburg is a beautiful part of Texas but I also like what I have seen of Arizona. Thanks for your comment.

Maritess on August 28, 2013:

Wow, we have to go back there. We were there about 9 years ago and it did not look anything like you are snohiwg. lol They were just adding the Bush part of the museum. So much is new. It is driving me crazy that you are in one of my favorite parts of my home state and I am hanging out in Az. Oh well, enjoy yourself.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2012:

Hello thedigger,

I see that you are going through some of my travel hubs. Hope you enjoyed this one about the Nimitz Museum as much as you did the one about Toledo, Spain. You seem to be doing some virtual globe-trotting. :)) Thanks for your comment.

thedigger from New Delhi on June 27, 2012:

Thumbs up for your collection of hubs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2011:

Hi Billy,

I agree with you that Fredericksburg, Texas is a great place to visit. The Nimitz Museum being located there gives tourists even more of a reason to make a trip there. Haven't seen the bat cave to which you refer but undoubtedly there are many in that area. Thanks for your comment.

billyaustindillon on June 15, 2011:

Nice hub on Fredericksburg - has to be on of my favorite towns in Texas. Lots of great little restaurants around there and I remember the bat cave near by also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

Wars and military history are certainly (unfortunately) a part of history...like it or not. I think if you were at the Nimitz Museum reading all of the many posted exhibits, it would interest you just knowing how you like other parts of history. We learned much and could obviously learn more if we were to go back to Fredericksburg and spend more time there. Like all museums, it is hard to take it all in on one visit...and they have expanded it since our last visit. Thanks for your comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 12, 2011:

Although I might be considered a history buff I was never overly interested in military history. However, it is part of the whole picture and has to be considered.WWII involved everyone and that is part of the difference from today.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2011:

Hello SJKSJK,

Texas is a wonderful State with much to see and do. In what part of Texas did you live? Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

You will be in for a treat when you get to visit Fredericksburg, Texas and make time to see the Nimitz Museum. It will be a trip you long remember! Thanks for your comment.

SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on April 14, 2011:

Thanks for a great hub. There is so much to see in Texas, I loved living there.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on April 14, 2011:

Peggy,

Another great and interesting hubpage. I love the history of the War in the Pacific. I am happy to know that the Texas Nimitz Museum has a great historical collection. I have never visited Fredericksburg, Texas. I plan to visit and do a lot of sightseeing. Wonderful photos and videos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2011:

Hi Om,

Anyone visiting Fredericksburg, Texas should be sure to visit the Nimitz Museum. Thanks for your comment.

Om Paramapoonya on April 13, 2011:

Ah, another cool place to put on my "must-visit" list. Thanks so much for sharing this, Peggy. The photos are awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2011:

Hi agusfanani,

"War is never pretty" is an understatement for sure! Thanks for commenting on this hub about the Nimitz Museum located in Fredericksburg, Texas. Seeing this museum on our sightseeing trip was very informative and educational.

agusfanani from Indonesia on April 13, 2011:

I heard Nimitz from the first time from the name of US aircraft carrier and I get more information and its historical background after reading this hub. I agree with your sentence saying War is Never Pretty. Nothing is won but misery and sadness. Thank you Peggy W for sharing this awesome hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2011:

Hi Gus,

The Inn of the Hills is a great place...have even stayed there a long time ago. And Kerrville is also a nice place. My brother and sister-in-law once lived in Kerrville.

The Nimitz Museum is in Fredericksburg, Texas...not all that far a distance from Kerrville. Thanks for your comment.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on April 11, 2011:

Howdy Peggy - You know what it is that I really like about your fine articles - even if I have never been to the places you portray so very well, I enjoy a vicarious visit to them - AND - when you write about places I have been, I can enjoy wonderful return trips. So it is with Kerrville. Although the place has grown like a weed over the years, it is still a beauty of a place. I have not been physically there in years and years, but back around 1965 or so I used to make it a point to "hit" Kerrville at breakfast time so that I could get some of those terrific eggs and sausage feasts at "The Inn of the Hills." Thanks for a fun visit back to Kerrville, Peggy.

Gus :-)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Simone,

Happy to be able to introduce this unique and interesting museum to people who may not know of its existence. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Loretta,

We will certainly look for that WW2 jeep in the Nimitz Museum the next time we go and will think of Nick. Such a nice place to put it. Think that he would be well pleased with your decision. Now many other folks will be able to enjoy it long into the future. Thanks for the comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Darlene,

Bruce and I have only been there once, but there is so much to read and see that we would happily visit the Nimitz Museum again. They have added things since we were there last. And as you say, there are many places in and around Fredericksburg, Texas to add to the enjoyment. Thanks for your comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Lisa,

You can happily go shopping and your hubby will be engrossed for many hours in the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. I'll just bet that you would like seeing this also. It really brings history alive! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Ella,

So happy that Luverne could learn of this Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas via this hub since he actually remembers much from that era. He would love visiting this in person! Thanks for your comment! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Jamie,

Fredericksburg, Texas is in the hill country of Texas if that puts it in perspective for you. The Nimitz Museum is a must see for anyone interested in history. Thanks for your comment.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 11, 2011:

Wow, what a fabulous museum! The photos and map rock!!

Loretta Nixon on April 11, 2011:

Enjoyed the write up. For those who have not visited lately, there is a new wing that opened about a year ago. I know because I donated a WWII Jeep that had been restored by my husband to them and they were quite excited with the piece. I have not been able to visit the jeep, but have it on my list of things to do this summer. If you go, think of Nick and all the fun he had working on it.

Darlene on April 11, 2011:

The Nimitz Museum is a must see. If you haven't visited, put it at the top of your must see list. We've been twice and would gladly visit again. The shops are wonderful as are the B&B's.

Lisa H on April 11, 2011:

Great information on what looks to be a very intesting museum. My husband loves anything regarding history, and especially the history of war. We will definitely put this on our list to visit in Fredericksburg. Besides, it's only fair since there are so many great stores for shopping in Fredericksburg (smile)that I enjoy!

Ella Hausman on April 11, 2011:

This is history that nobody should ever forget. Luverne really enjoyed it - since he was alive all during World War II and he remembers hearing all about it on the news reports.

Jamie Brock from Texas on April 11, 2011:

Yet another place in Texas I've never heard of and lived here all my life! Thanks Peggy.. great hub! I will definitely keep this one in mind. Now, I just have to see where Fredericksburg is..I'm assuming in south Texas since I'm not as familiar with that area. Really interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

Hi Hello, hello,

Nice to hear that you enjoyed seeing these pictures from Fredericksburg, Texas and the Nimitz Museum. It is quite a place! Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 11, 2011:

That is a fascinating piece of information and article. Wonderful, pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2011:

Hello RNMSN,

You and your David would probably be overwhelmed with emotions if you visit this Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. I know those were the feelings that my husband and I had after seeing it. It really gives you a sense of just who Admiral Nimitz was from his earlier days leading up to and including the war in the Pacific...and long before the days when he was an Admiral and had those responsibilities. Thanks for the first comment.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on April 10, 2011:

oh Peggy this is awesome!!

my David is the history buff/I just follow in his wake (navy seal that he was) and he said remember Nimitz never "cleaned house" or "placed blame" after Pearl harbor...he just picked it up and went from there....awesome article thank you from my David and I both!'my david also had a few choice words to say about the one many Nimitz DID have trouble from :) McArthur but unfortunately hubpages probably would have me deleted :) for repeating them...lets just leave it at that my david is a HUGE fan of Nimitz and we both hope to one day visit this great museaum and piece of american history :)