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It’s called the Museum of the Pacific War, but why in the world is a museum dedicated to the World War II Pacific front in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is quite a ways from any body of water?

The Admiral Nimitz foundation is the parent entity of the museum, and as President and CEO Gen. Mike Hagee revealed, the name of that foundation contains the reason why the museum is there.

"Admiral Nimitz is from Fredericksburg, Texas," Hagee said.

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Named after the late Governor Dolph Briscoe, the new Briscoe Western Art Museum opens Saturday. At a preview this week, Executive Director Steven Karr welcomed members of the press:

"I stand here with you in the historic lobby of the former Central Library of the city of San Antonio…now the Briscoe Western Art Museum.” 

That re-imagined former library is 58,000 square feet filled with 700 art and artifacts of the southwest of old, as well as contemporary art.

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The existing Fort Sam Houston Museum was built in 1905 and takes visitors through the history of the Army in San Antonio from establishment of the post in 1845 to present day JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Much like other areas of the rapidly-growing military presence in San Antonio, the museum has outgrown its space, and the building was old and deemed not up to standards. The U.S. Army Center of Military History said to shut it down, but Army North invited the museum to relocate to the historic Quadrangle.

The new Perot Museum of Science and Nature is tough to avoid in these parts, with its opening Saturday and the weeks  of coverage leading up to the big debut. But one of the coolest products just arrived: a time-lapse video showing the construction of architect Thom Mayne's landmark building.