In the course of fulfilling its mission, the National Museum of the Pacific War grew from its original home as the Nimitz Museum, housed in Fredericksburg’s unique 1890 Nimitz Steamboat Hotel, to a six-acre complex. Dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Pacific Theater of World War II in order that the sacrifices of those who contributed to our victory may never be forgotten, the museum now includes the Nimitz as well as the state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot exhibition hall known as the George H.W. Bush Gallery; the Plaza of Presidents commemorating the 10 U.S. Presidents who served in the war; the Veteran’s Walk of Honor and Memorial Wall; the Japanese Garden of Peace; the Pacific Combat Zone, an outdoor exhibit offering visitors a deeper understanding of the struggle between Allied and Japanese forces; and the Center for Pacific War Studies.
The museum houses a Japanese HA-19 midget submarine which was one of the five used to attack Pearl Harbor. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1989.