Fredericksburg may be small Texas town, but it sure does pack a punch. From a nationally renowned museum to exceptional fine art galleries to unique cultural festivals, the culture of the Texas Hill Country is on full display in Fredericksburg. Here are a few of our favorites places to experience the spirit of the Hill Country.
National Museum of the Pacific War
Fredericksburg was the childhood home of famed World War II Admiral, Chester W. Nimitiz, and an unsuspectingly fitting home for the National Museum of the Pacific War. Established on February 24th, 1967, the museum was previously located in the restored Nimitz “Steamboat” Hotel until its expansion to the current six-acre campus in the heart of downtown.
The 33,000 square foot exhibition space features 40 media installations, and roughly 900 artifacts making Admiral Nimitz’s namesake one of the premier military museums in the nation. In addition to the main complex, two blocks east, the Pacific Combat Zone is used for guided tours and regularly scheduled combat re-enactments. Learn more about the National Museum of the Pacific War
The Pioneer Museum is maintained by the Gillespie County Historical Society, which was formed in 1935 to preserve and share the history of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
Since its creation, the Museum has accrued more than 300,000 artifacts, which are exhibited in 11 buildings on Main Street at the western edge of downtown Fredericksburg.
Along with preserving and displaying the history and culture of the Texas Hill Country, the Pioneer Museum also puts Christmas on full display each year with a holiday market and home tour of seven different homes in the Fredericksburg area. This year marks the 59th Annual Home Tour and Market benefitting the Pioneer Museum. Learn more about the Pioneer Museum
The InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg features world-class works of fine art that attract collectors from the world over. In recent years, Fredericksburg has established itself as the center for fine art in Texas. Elizabeth and Stephen Harris operate the InSight Gallery at 214 West Main Street in a meticulously restored 12,000 square foot space, which has been laid out to invoke the feel of a fine art museum.
The InSight Gallery displays a body of work from approximately 60 award-winning painters and sculptors that have created some of the best landscapes, figurative, impressionistic, Western, and still life works in the Hill Country. Learn more about the InSight Gallery
With an array of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants and a full calendar of events, there is always something to do in Fredericksburg. Come out and explore the heart of the Texas Hill Country today.