Fredericksburg, Texas: Bush Gallery of the Pacific War

Features a walk-through airfield on an anonymous Pacific atoll populated by animatronic dummies and rats (Watch out for the exploding grenades). The outdoor Pacific Combat Zone has warfare reenactments with real landing craft and flamethrowers.

National Museum of the Pacific War

Address:
340 E. Main St., Fredericksburg, TX
Directions:
National Museum of the Pacific War. Downtown on E. Main St., on US 290 just north of its junction with US 87.
Phone:
830-997-8600
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Bush Gallery of the Pacific War

The Admiral Nimitz Historical Center now also houses the George Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War. The Bush Gallery offers a pretty extensive collection of information, memorabilia, and artifacts from the war in the Pacific that will hurt your brain by the end of the three hours it takes to skim the surface. It's well worth the trip and the effort though, even if you're not a history buff, because of one specific, elaborate exhibit: a sort of haunted house-style walk through an airfield on some anonymous Pacific island has been constructed complete with animatronic WWII soldiers, scampering rats, and exploding grenades. The production of this thrill ride was top-dollar and nicely done, but animatronic people are still creepy and hilarious no matter how fine the craftsmanship.

[Lisa Rawlinson, 02/03/2001]
Admiral Nimitz Museum

Besides finding great German food in Fredrickburg, you can also learn a little of naval history by touring the Admiral Nimitz Museum. In addition to the main building their is also a battlegound down the road with foxholes, burn housing, etc. A new section of the museum is currently being built and will house additional information on military history.

[MaryRuth1, 07/14/1998]
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