Issues: Museums and Memorials

Countries remember WWII in the Pacific and those who lost their lives during that war in different ways.  Memorials to the dead and museums to remember the past are nothing unique to the Asian-Pacific region.  While most of these museums and memorials are uncontroversial, some of these have come under intense public scrutiny.  At times, the way nations remember those who died in international conflict and the way nations present that history in museums result in controversy. 

In this section, some of the more well-known memorials and museums dedicated to the Pacific War are presented.  While most of these museums and memorials have remained uncontroversial, some of these have come under intense public scrutiny. 

This is by no means a complete listing of all the museums and memorials dedicated to remember the Pacific War.  If there is a museum or memorial that you believe has been overlooked, please contact us.  The links provided for these museums and memorials are in English, when possible.


The '9. 18' Historical Museum

The Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression War Memorial

Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders

Hong Kong Museum of History

Memorial Mausoleum to Martyrs of Nineteenth Route Army in the Battle Against Japanese Aggressors at North Shanghai

The Memorial of the Songhu Battle Against Japanese Aggressors at Shanghai

Mauca During the Sino-Japanese War

The Memorial of the Northeast Anti-Japanese Allied Army

The Memorial of Anti-Japanese Battles in Taiwan

British Commonwealth War Cemetery

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Park

Heiwa Kinen Tenji Shiryo Kan (Peace Memorial Exhibition Hall)

Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the Atomic Bomb

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

National Showa Memorial Museum

Okinawa Peace Museum

Yasukuni Shrine

予科練とは (Museum of Naval Reserve Pilots)

滋賀県バーチャル平和祈念館 (Virtual Peace Museum of   Prefecture)

埼玉県平和資料館 (Peace Museum of Saitama Prefecture)

川崎市平和館 (Peace Hall of Kawasaki City)

神奈川県立地球市民かながわプラザ (Kanagawa Prefectural Plaza of Global Citizens)

財団法人大阪国際平和センター(ピースおおさか) (Osaka International Peace Center)

姫路市平和資料館 (Peace Museum of Himeji City)

沖縄県平和祈念資料館 (Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial and Museum)

対馬丸記念館 (Tsushima-Maru Museum)

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

The History Museum of Japanese Military Comfort Women

The Independence Hall of Korea

The War Memorial of Korea

United States
Battleship Missouri Memorial

United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial)

World War II Memorial

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor)

The National D-Day Museum