The new George H. W. Bush Gallery, opened in 2009, is filled with over 900 artifacts, literature, and equipment, including planes, tanks, and submarines. The history of the Pacific Theater is told throughout the exhibit and tells an inspiring story. You find your self awe-struck many times at the conditions and situations soldiers and civilians alike went through. What I really enjoyed is the different uses of media to display and inform – one is captivated through out the entire exhibit. For example, lights flash, torpedos are dropped and the room shakes as you experience the attack of Peal Harbor. You can easily close your eyes and imagine you are there!
Our favorite part of the museum is the Pacific Combat Zone. Guided tours are led through 3 acres of exhibits displayed to mimic the conditions in the Pacific. My kids particularly enjoyed seeing the tanks, planes, torpedo boat, and hangers up close. Re-enactments (Pacific Combat- Living History) occur on these grounds on certain weekends out of the year. Try to plan your visit around one of these – they are pretty exciting!
Both my kids learned a great deal at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Like I mentioned previously, the museum uses many different techniques to pull you into the experience. It is very effective and leaves a lasting impression.
Adults – $14.00