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Sightseeing Trips to Fredericksburg, Tx ~ Admiral Nimitz WWII Museum ~ Outdoor Peace Garden

Updated on November 16, 2016

Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas | Source

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, plan some time into your scheduling to appreciate this particular historic site.

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 re-enter the museum which is precisely what we did. We spent several hours and then took a break for lunch and went back for more viewing and learning about this part of our country's history with regard to 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 that was captured at Pearl Harbor!


Showing some of the inside of this museum.

Nimitz Hotel becomes Nimitz Museum


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

An only child, Chester W. Nimitz was early on influenced by his grandfather as his father died before he was born.

Whether or not this lead to his naval career, the facts are that after graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Chester W. Nimitz began his career ultimately ascending to the rank of Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War 2.

The Nimitz Hotel and Stagecoach Stop became the Admiral Nimitz Museum and honors this celebrated Fleet Admiral's career housing hundreds of actual photos and about 900 artifacts.

It definitely takes some time to get a sense of all that is there and what the cost of freedom sometimes entails.

WWII airplane nose art - Nimitz Museum

Piece of nose art decorating aircraft in World War 2.  This one features Popeye.
Piece of nose art decorating aircraft in World War 2. This one features Popeye. | Source

World War 2 airplanes

The picture above shows an example of what was known as Nose Art. Most of the World War 2 airplanes were painted with everything from cartoons to pin-up girls to names or other scenes depicting patriotism and/or other attitudes such as hatred of the enemy.

The artistry varied with the talents of the painters of these early aircraft and many of these pieces of nose art can be viewed in this Nimitz Museum.

Nimitz Museum grounds

World War 2 artifacts viewed on the grounds of the Nimitz Museum.
World War 2 artifacts viewed on the grounds of the Nimitz Museum. | Source

On grounds of Nimitz Museum

Seen on the grounds of the Nimitz Museum.
Seen on the grounds of the Nimitz Museum. | Source

Nimitz Museum

In the year 2000 the complex was renamed the National Museum of the Pacific War.

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 spaced around a courtyard with an American flag flying high in the center.

These men 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


Not only are Presidents of the United States honored at this National Museum of the Pacific War (Nimitz Museum) but hundreds of plaques honoring people who served in our armed forces are located on an outside wall. They can be sponsored by families or even associations and some even bear images.

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

It relates the following: "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."

Garden of Peace at Nimitz Museum

The Garden of Peace ~ Gift from Japan to the people of the U.S. ~ Grounds of the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg.
The Garden of Peace ~ Gift from Japan to the people of the U.S. ~ Grounds of the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. | Source

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.

An inscription says the following:

"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."

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 lush water features.

Garden of Peace at the Nimitz Museum

Another view of the Garden of Peace.
Another view of the Garden of Peace. | Source

Fredericksburg + Nimitz Museum Expansion in 2009

George H.W. Bush remarks at Nimitz Museum.

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 and has gone well beyond simply 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 2.

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

Pacific Combat Zone - National Museum of the Pacific War

Texas destination


If you are a history buff or merely wish to learn more about this important time when War in the Pacific was being waged, 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 there is at this great repository of World War 2 history.

It is a Texas destination that you will not soon forget and one of the Texas sites well worth visiting!

Location of Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas

A markerNimitz Museum / National Museum of the Pacific War -
340 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
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© 2011 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

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

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Maritess 4 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      thedigger 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Thumbs up for your collection of hubs.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

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

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

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

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      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 :-)))

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Loretta Nixon 6 years ago

      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.

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      Darlene 6 years ago

      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.

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      Lisa H 6 years ago

      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!

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      Ella Hausman 6 years ago

      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.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

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

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      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 :)