Museum History



We are the only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.


Our mission is to honor the eight million Americans who served in the war against Japan and the more than 100,000 who gave their lives. We believe that the best way to honor them is to truthfully and respectfully tell the story of their struggles, their sacrifices, and their triumphs, so future generations may learn the price of freedom. The mission began February 24, 1967 with the establishment of the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum in the restored Nimitz “Steamboat” Hotel.

Experience the human story of WWII in the Pacific Theater told through 55,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, over 900 artifacts, and audio/visual displays.

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