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Originally named the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Naval Museum and opened on February 24, 1967, the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) is recognized today as a world-class, cultural institution. A Smithsonian Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, NMPW provides the nation's most comprehensive account of World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific theater.

The historical facts, stories and authentic artifacts of the Pacific War are carefully preserved and presented in ways that our visitors can be both educated and inspired and of which our staff and supporters can be proud.

The Museum remains true its promise to Admiral Nimitz: to honor all of the men and women who served and supported the war effort in the Pacific.

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The galleries and main components of the campus of the National Museum of the Pacific War* are properties of the State of Texas and overseen by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and overseen by THC, In a public-private agreement, The Admiral Nimitz Foundation (ANF) is responsible for the daily operations of the Museum to include all educational programs, exhibit contents, commemorative ceremonies, rental operations, and fundraising.

*The Admiral Nimitz Foundation owns several buildings associated with the campus: the Nauwald Building where The Command Post is located, the main office of ANF at 310 E Austin St., the Ruff House property (Hobby Education Center) and undeveloped property at the corner of Austin and Lee Streets.

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Our Vision

Honor Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and the men and women who served in and supported WW-II Asiatic-Pacific Theater Operations by educating and inspiring future generations.

The Foundation

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is a Texas 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation headquartered in Fredericksburg whose sole purpose is to support and operate the National Museum of the Pacific War.

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Our Mission

Operate and support the State-owned Museum experience through its extensive collection, to educate and inspire present and future generations about World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the continued global relevance of its lessons.