We went again over the weekend. It was about the fifth or sixth time M-t-G has gone. We all enjoyed it again. It is so large with so much to see, although much of it not open to the public, I'm not sure we've actually seen it all and we were there for three hours this time.
Located on a seven-acre site, the Center includes The National Museum of the Pacific War George Bush Gallery, the Japanese Garden of Peace, the History Walk of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, the Surface Warfare Plaza, the Memorial and Victory Walls, the Veterans Walk of Honor and the Center for Pacific War Studies.
In addition to nearly 24,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns.
The museums many fine exhibits highlight the story of early Fredericksburg, the Nimitz Family, Chester Nimitz from his birth in 1885, his early childhood in the old Nimitz Hotel, his appointment to the US Naval Academy to his role during World War II until his death in 1966.
We went a few weeks ago....with M-T-G. She was thrilled! There was a Japanese mini-sub that had been captured. There were individual exhibits for each of the major battles and campaigns in the South Pacific....Guadacanal, Corregidor, Tarawa, New Caladonia, and of course, Pearl Harbor. It was wonderful. We were all amazed and impressed. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this museum, I strongly urge you to do so. I learned a great deal that I never knew before. It is a very moving museum filled with things and information about a war that I've heard about all my life. (My dad spent over 5 YEARS in the South Pacific in WWII.)
M-t-G was so excited but just like in the LBJ Library, she was quiet, respectful, and read every word! Again we were there for a couple of hours and didn't see it all. We will go again someday soon.
It is important to remember the history of our world. There are lessons that need to be learned. It is even more important to "Teach Your Children Well" about the history of the world they are inheriting.
And sometimes, if you are very lucky and you have a really special kid, like our Maddie-the-Great, they teach themselves! She's some kid!