National Museum of the Pacific War...

Discussion in 'WWII' started by kiltie, May 31, 2010.

  1. kiltie

    kiltie Practically Family

    lone star state
    ...and Pacific Combat Zone. These are both within walking distance of the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg,Tx ( about an hour's drive out of San Antonio ).

    Saturday was my third visit to the museum, but my first visit to the Pacific Combat Zone. A few times a year, they do a demo and reenactment, and this particular event was staged for Memorial Day.
    Before I put up the pics, a little bit more on the museums and my personal experience. The Museum of the Pacific War just went through a major overhaul, finishing up last December, and this was my first visit since. There are lots of new interactive exibits and ( if you've been before ) the layout has changed considerably. You can now follow a timeline accompanying the exhibits from mid-19th century China up through the surrender of the Japanese. The collection is extensive, to say the least: planes, tanks ( and other vehicles ), artillery, uniforms, personal and squad weapons, documents, personal effects... the list is lengthy.

    The reenactment-
    The Marines:

    World War One issue USMC kit ( and that still in use by the Marines at the outbreak of WWII ) :

    Marines advancing on Japanese position:

    Stewart Tank ( functional ):


    A few of the exhibits in the museum:

    Flying Tiger "Tex" Hill's kit:

    AVG tail art:

    I can't possibly detail the awesomeness of these museums and displays. If you can think of any excuse to go, I highly recommend it. The rest of Fredericksburg itself is a picturesque little town ( peaches, wine, and German food [ and accompanying beer ]; orders of the day ), but the whole day can easily be spent at two or three of the WWII museums: the Nimitz Museum, the Nat'l Museum of the Pacific War, and the Pacific Combat Zone. A $12 ticket gets you admission to all three for 48hrs, so you can do the Bed and Breakfast thing.
    A weekend well spent...
  2. Silver Dollar

    Silver Dollar Practically Family

    Louisville, Kentucky
    I'll be going to San Antonio in Sept. I've got to check these museums out.
  3. zetwal

    zetwal I'll Lock Up

    Agreed! This is an amazing museum complex. And the live battle reenactments should not be missed. :)

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