The National Museum of the Pacific War is a nationally acclaimed museum that sits in the heart of Fredericksburg on Main Street. The 55,000 square foot campus includes options for any special event, which includes our newly renovated Ballroom, a private room with a 2nd-story balcony looking over Main St., a Memorial Courtyard, several meeting rooms, and other amenities surrounding the numerous galleries of the museum.

This is the ideal location to host your community, company, or private event. Our options can accommodate small groups or events for ~200 guests. We have options for indoor or outdoor events or a combination of both. This is the perfect setting while immersing yourself and guests around venues that date back to the early Texas culture of the mid-1800s. While you are planning your event, consider bringing your group through the many galleries and exhibits of the National Museum of the Pacific War to learn about Admiral Nimitz, the men and women who served in the Pacific War, and the lessons from the War that still are very applicable today.

Admiral Nimitz Ballroom

Housed in the Admiral Nimitz Hotel (340 East Main), the Nimitz Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 people (220 for theatre-style seating). The ballroom measures 65’ x 37’ and features a large retractable screen with the latest projector technology. Newly renovated in 2021, this Ballroom looks just like it did in October 1945 when Admiral Nimitz returned from the Pacific War. Use of the ballroom includes the mezzanine which measures 18’ x 37’ and can hold 5 additional round tables. Rentals include the option of using the outdoor patio (see below) next to the Fischer and Weiser Catering Kitchen usable for the ballroom event.

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Cailloux Education Center and Balcony

Located on the 2nd floor of the historic Nimitz Hotel, this meeting room is equipped with two projector and screen options and can accommodate up to 80 participants in a theatre-style classroom, or can comfortably hold up to ten 60” round tables for a private party event. The ~1285 sq. ft. room also offers balcony access overlooking the Main St.

Nimitz Patio and Samuel B. Roberts Pavilion

Accessible through the Garden Gate behind Admiral Nimitz’s statue from Main St. or through the Ballroom, the Patio is a 40’ x 50’ concrete space overlooking the Memorial Courtyard and is directly next to a beautiful white covered pavilion that is great for photo opportunities. The Patio is located just outside the catering kitchen that is available for use. Capacity can be up to 150 people depending on the table, chair, and tent logistics. While there is ambient lighting, additional lighting may be needed for evening events after dark.

Memorial Courtyard

An open venue overlooking nineteenth-century limestone walls throughout the plaza, this venue honors the men and women who served in the Pacific War. The open, grassy lawn can accommodate up to 400 people depending on the logistics of the event. A beautiful white pavilion is close by for that special photo opportunity, and the Japanese Garden of Peace is a short walk away as well. Electric is dispersed throughout the plaza but additional lighting is suggested for events after dark.

Ruff Haus

Originally built in 1872, Ruff Haus is a one-and-one-half-story stone house located just two blocks from the main campus in our Pacific Combat Zone. It accommodates up to 40 people. It features a full kitchen and 2 restrooms. The home includes WiFi access. This venue is perfect for luncheons, garden parties, birthday parties, and other small gatherings. Note: If renting with bar accommodations, the bar must close by 9 pm, and the event must end by 10 pm due to city noise ordinances.

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What kind of events can the Museum accommodate?

Some typical events include dinners, cocktail receptions, business meetings, galas, award ceremonies, presentations, client appreciation events, reunions, etc.

What is the maximum capacity of the Museum for an event?

The Museum and the ANF can accommodate up to 240 guests for a reception in the newly renovated Admiral Nimitz Ballroom. Please inquire further with the Event and Logistics Coordinator to see how other event spaces will suit your specific needs.

What is the earliest time my event can start?

The Nimitz Ballroom and meeting spaces are available for rentals during the day and evening.

What are the steps in planning an event at the Museum?

The first step is to relax – planning an event at the Museum is an easy process! Here at the Museum, we have made the process easy – including event planning. The second step is to decide which Gallery/Museum venue would be the best fit for your event. Please contact the Event Logistics Coordinator to discuss which location would be the best fit for your event needs. The third step is to consider catering – typically the biggest component in planning an event at the Museum. We are happy to provide excellent suggestions. The final step is to contact the Special Events department to secure your date. With any event, once you have your venue everything else falls into place.

Can I use my own caterer?

Absolutely, however if you need assistance to secure catering we have several wonderful catering companies which we are happy to provide contact information. The majority of these caterers have provided their services on-site at our facility and will be instrumental in logistical planning for your event so that everything goes smoothly.

Can alcohol be served at my event?

Yes, the ANF will provide a bar and you will need to provide a TABC certified server with proof of license.

How do I secure a date for my special event?

Submit the Rentals form to contact the Events Coordinator to reserve your spot on our calendar or give them a call.

How is parking handled?

Parking is first some first serve in and around Main street, caterers and event set-up staff will have access to building parking for drop-off and clean-up.

Do my guests have access to the entire Museum?

For evening events, your guests only have access to the spaces that are rented. Daytime guests can schedule tours to visit the Museum during our regular hours with our visitor services department.

Do you offer any A/V equipment or do I supply my own?

The Museum has a limited amount of A/V equipment that can be provided. Please contact the Events Coordinator to discuss your needs.

When can I arrange for a site visit?

Site visits are available with the Museum Wednesday-Monday from 9 am – 5 pm. Please contact us to schedule an appointment