The Foundation



The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has supported a world-class military museum complex from humble beginnings on Fredericksburg’s Main Street since 1971.


Commissioners with Museum staff member (seated on left) Peggy Merz and Museum Director Douglass Hubbard (seated second from left) in 1972. Sitting on Hubbard’s left are Commission Chairman Forbes Mann and Commissioner Dr. Vern B. Spiva. Commissioners standing left to right: W.B. Wetsel, Tom Foster, Alfred Petsch, Dallas Jordan, Walter Corrigan and Marvin Watson.


The Admiral Nimitz Foundation was established in 1971 as a 501 (c)(3) to provide additional development funding for the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Naval Museum, a museum honoring Fredericksburg’s native son and Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, Pacific Ocean Area. Since then, the Foundation’s efforts have built a well-established and respected institution, which annually welcomes over 100,000 visitors, including about 15,000 middle and high school students from across the state.


Our sole purpose is to raise private philanthropic dollars to support the programs, projects, and activities of the National Museum of the Pacific War.  Our purpose is exclusively charitable. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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