Museum Complex

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Explore the 6-acre Museum Complex and immerse yourself in Pacific War history, American and Japanese culture of the time, and heartfelt tributes to the heroes of the Pacific Theater.


The archives of the National Museum of the Pacific War hold thousands of manuscripts, official documents, photographs and recorded interviews with Pacific War veterans. Recognizing that these collections are an invaluable resource for historians and students of history, we established the Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC), a premier destination for scholars of Pacific War history.


Highlights of the NERC’s collections include more than 4,100 oral histories, 700 memoirs, the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) collection, the LCI Association collection, the Robert C. Mikesh Japanese Aviation collection, and several personal collections.  In addition to the archives collections, the NERC also holds a library collection of over 5,000 books.


 N.E.R.C Reading Room









 The NERC’s collections are open to the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday between the normal working hours of 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please contact Chief Archivist Chris McDougal or at 830-997-8600 ext. 264 for more information.  We will work with you to determine what materials in our collections match your research interests.


 Section of our library









Patrons with research projects are required to contact the staff well in advance to schedule an appointment for an in-person visit. We will need time to identify and retrieve materials for your review. In order to prepare for your visit please view our user registration form. 


The archivists will conduct no more than 45 minutes of reference per request.


 Section of our archives









The NERC is introducing direct access to a selection of the World War II Veterans Oral History collection. Volunteers at the museum have been collecting since at least 1988 and our current collection includes more than 4,100 interviews. For more information on our oral history project, click here. We will continue to post interviews as they are transcribed and cataloged


View the Digital Archive


The Library collection contains books that the researcher is welcome to search through our online catalog. Though the library is non-circulating, it is open to the public by appointment.  Researchers of the archives often find supplemental books of interest in the library collection


View the Library Catalog

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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