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National Museum of the Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Highway

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.


Becka Drum

Thursday, July 26, 2018
It's a great way to see the history of our country (from the beginning to the present) in a concise manner. My kids loved it. I cried a few times because they don't hold back showing you how people have sacrificed for our country. I can't wait for them to "finish the circle" and open the new exhibits. It's one of the best museums I've ever visited.

Marc Di Pinto

Thursday, July 12, 2018
This is an amazing museum, and it's free. Really nice and clean, way better than you would expect. Has nice security, get don't search you, but they do search your bags, if you have a knife/multi tool, keep it in your car, as it's not allowed in (you have to take it back to the vehicle or dispose of it). It feels that the museum has much more room to grow, I been there in 2010 and just now (2018), and there has been growth, but it seems it will only get better.


Friday, July 27, 2018
Of course being a Marine I think this is the best museum and it truly is. I was one of the original docents. The museum has kept improving since opening in November of 2006. You cannot beat the fact that it is free. Please enjoy the history of the United States Marine Corps and our history as a nation.

Jean T

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
This museum is free and has a mix of things for kids and adults to do. I've been here a couple of times, both with a child and without. It has a couple of kids areas within the museum itself, and some nice walking paths outside. I really like the atrium with the planes and helicopters. You can also see overhead from the deck the museum exhibits as well as the atrium. There's a gallery with artwork relating to marines (I think by marines as well but my child dragged me through it so I couldn't read anything) on the second floor, a cafeteria, and a small restaurant modeled after Tun Tavern where the marines originated. They are currently working on a new exhibit concerning Iraq. There is a small chapel a short walk outside that is very peaceful when open to the public. The museum is near Quantico but not on it, so you don't have to get onto base to see it. They do check bags, but are reasonable and let me bring in snacks for the child. They just asked that we not eat or drink in the exhibits but come to the atrium or go upstairs. I'd certainly put it on your list if you're in the area.

Randall Young

Thursday, June 28, 2018
I love this museum! It tells the history and experiences of the US Marine Corps by immersing the visitor in the Corps' history. You're shouted at by boot camp drill instructors. You're in the living room of a family listening to the radio broadcast about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Korean War section is cold and windy. You step off the ramp of a Marine Corps helicopter into a firefight in Vietnam. An incredible amount of thought and planning clearly went into the design of this museum. Admission and parking are both free and parking is plentiful and easy. There are outdoor displays on a walking trail of the hills overlooking the museum, and there's a really nice kids' playground and picnic area next to the parking lot. If you're in the area, this museum is a must!

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