Never heard of Fredericksburg, Texas but we stumbled on it when we went out to find Lyndon Johnson's birthplace and what a lovely surprise the town itself and what it offered is! With it's German architecture and shops that pride themselves on authentic German food and goods, the town itself is pretty just to drive and even more fun to stop in and visit. But the icing on the cake was our discovery of the National Museum of the Pacific War.
|This panorama of 3 images shows me that I need to upgrade to Photoshop CS5 for it's virtual fill feature.|
Originally named The Admiral Nimitz Museum because it was the home of respected Admiral Chester Nimitz who lived in his family's Nimitz Hotel, the National Museum of the Pacific War contains more than 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, including an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns. A maze to walk through, it tells the story of the Pacific War utilizing modern technology, virtual battles fought on maps that make the experience frighteningly real.
It also includes a Peace Garden that was given to the facility by the Japanese and a large garden full of memorials. You can easily spend two days in the museum and the ticket allows you to do just that.
And, when you are finished seeing all the museum has to offer, be sure to check out the great shops the town has to offer, especially the ice cream shop right across the street where I got the best coconut milkshake!