The Museum will mark its 50th year of operations in 2017, unveiling a comprehensive exhibit spanning the five decades of the National Museum of the Pacific War’s evolution and growth. Entitled “Five Stars, Five Decades,” the exhibit will tell of the early local efforts to save the old Nimitz Hotel and create a museum honoring Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Admiral Nimitz gave his blessing to the project with the caveat that the museum be dedicated to the men and women who served with him in the Pacific during World War II. From this beginning in 1967, the National Museum of the Pacific War has grown from the original Nimitz Museum to comprise the George H.W. Bush Gallery and Pacific Combat Zone, along with the Memorial Courtyard, Presidential Plaza and Japanese Garden of Peace. The Museum is now part of the Texas Historical Commission and has risen to national stature with the Nimitz Education and Research Center becoming one of the largest depositories of World War II Pacific artifacts and archival material.
The exhibit will be displayed free to the public beginning at 9 am, 25 February, in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom. This temporary exhibit will be available throughout the year in various locations, including a stay in the Rotunda of theTexas State Capitol in Austin. Please check the Museum’s website for the dates and locations where it may be viewed.
Saturday, 25 February and Sunday, 26 February, all Gillespie County residents will be admitted free to the Museum as a small thank you to our local community for its foresight and 50 years of support.