Pacific Combat Zone

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STAND ON THE BEACHHEAD

Feel what it was like to walk the wooden dock alongside a PT Boat, stand in the hangar deck of an aircraft carrier as a torpedo bomber is readied for a strike, and view Japanese battlefield entrenchments.


About

Phase 1 Now Open

 

Thank you to the teams that are working on this project:

     

 

The Pacific Combat Zone is a unique two-acre indoor/outdoor exhibit and one of the Museum’s most popular venues. In October of 2015 the museum began construction on its $8 million renovation to the complex. Phase one of the two phase project is now open and is included in your admission ticket. Phase one includes the new retail and ticket center, bathrooms, renovated TBM and PT Boat exhibits, and a to scale map of the Pacific Theater. Phase two is set to open spring of 2017 and included the expansion and special effects upgrades of the Pacific Battlefield which is used for the museum's living history shows, vehicle building, and expanded seating for living history shows. You can get more information on our Capital Campaign page.

 

The big change to the new Pacific Combat Zone is that the exhibits are no longer only accessible by Guided Tour. Guest can come and spend as long as they would like exploring the the exhibits in phase one. 

 

The new retail/ticket center allows you to purchase a museum ticket good for all three of our exhibits if you don't have one already. You can also pick up your last minute souvenirs to remember your trip. 

 

 

Upon entering the Pacific Combat Zone you will see our to scale map of the Pacific Theater. Take time to walk the map and get and understanding of just how large this theater of WWII was. 

 

 

Entering our PT 309 Boat exhibit you will be stepping onto the deck of a PT Boat Tender as a PT Boat is being equipped for a mission. This exhibit includes video displays covering PT Boat mission, an oral history kiosk, and the history of PT 309 "Oh Frankie" the boat on display. 

 

 

Our TBM exhibit will take you below deck of an aircraft carrier where you will see up close a TBM Avenger getting ready for a mission. Take time test your skills on our table top games stationed in front of the plane. Launch torpedoes at enemy ships, defend your ship from enemy attack by manning an anti-aircraft gun, and land your pilot safely on the deck by waiving him in on his approach. This exhibit also includes video displays, information panels about flight missions, and artifacts. 


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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