By Richard Zowie
One phase down, one to go.
Following months of construction, officials with the National Museum of the Pacific War opened Phase 1 of the Pacific Combat Zone to the public last week.
In three separate viewings, officials allowed the media, members and donors and then the public to see how the combat zone’s refurbishment project has gone.
Phase 1 consists of a two-acre indoor and outdoor exhibit and is now open and included on admission tickets for the museum. It has a new retail and ticket center, bathrooms, renovated TBM (torpedo bomber) and PT Boat (patrol torpedo boat) and an open plaza.
Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Nimitz Foundation, said the $8 million project was designed to increase the educational impact of the museum.
“We wanted to raise the several exhibits out here to the same quality of the museum’s George H.W. Bush Gallery,” he said.