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The National Museum of the Pacific War is located in Fredericksburg, TX, the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.  Fleet Admiral Nimitz served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet during World War II.

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This was a very interesting Museum and is huge.  The complex covers 6 acres and includes the Admiral Nimitz Museum, which is housed in the old Nimitz hotel.

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The Nimitz Museum tells the story of Fleet Admiral Nimitz beginning with his life as a young boy through his naval career, as well as the evolution of the Nimitz hotel.

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Charles Nimitz, grandfather of Admiral Chester Nimitz built the Nimitz Hotel in 1852.  Locals referred to it as the Steamboat hotel because of the ship’s bow front.  The hotel had it’s own saloon and brewery, a ballroom that doubled as a theatre, a smokehouse and a bath house.

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Also, part of the National Museum of Pacific War complex is a Japanese Garden of Peace.  On May 8, 1976, the 130th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, the Japanese government gifted the museum with the Japanese Garden of Peace in honor Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

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As you enter the garden you will see a replica of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Marshall-Admiral Togo’s garden meditation study.   Many of the elements in this garden are symbolic.

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Visiting all of the components of the National Museum of the Pacific War was very fascinating, yet somewhat sad.

Admission ranged from $7 for children to $15 for adults.  Your admission ticket get you into the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the Pacfic Combat Zone and the Japanese Peace Garden.

Some pictures from the museum…