National Museum of the Marine Corps
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.
Great museum! The displays are very elaborate and the museum on a whole is very well put together. Moving through the entire history of the Corps is super easy with the layout. The staff and docents are incredibly nice, helpful, and knowledgeable. Already been twice and I'm sure I'll be going again. There's so much information to read and see that it definitely warrants multiple visits.
Outstanding museum for the Marines and the military. Two very good places in the museum to eat. Covers the Marines from early history to the present. When walking to the front of the building, make sure you look at the design. All ages will enjoy the museum. Traffic is heavy in the area. Highly recommend several hours for a complete visit with lunch.
Oh the interactive stuff here is great. You can stand in a helicopter as it simulates a Vietnam-era landing. So much more. Free parking and admission. Nice gift shop with collectibles and apparel. Must-see.
This is a must if you enjoy military history. Once again, the Marine Corps does it right. You could spend a full day here and not finish seeing everything. Worth the short drive south from D.C. if you're in the city visiting the other National Historic Parks. Highly recommended.
From the moment you park your car in the massive parking lot to the second you enter the building, you are surrounded with the history, tradition, and pride of the Marine Corps. The museum is free to the public and is the perfect place to learn about the history of the Corps and the men and women who fought to defend our freedoms. When you first enter the space you are surrounded by a helicopter on the floor and suspended aircraft from the soaring glass ceiling. Laid out in a circular grid, a self guided tour leads you through a maze of displays depicting the history of the Marine Corps from its earliest days to present. Plenty of interactive displays and realistic settings make it perfect to keep even your teens interested. Plan on spending at least a full day here to see all it has to offer and don't forget to leave a donation before you go. Food and drink can be had at a cafeteria style diner or in Tun Tavern which serves heartier dishes and adult beverages. Great place to visit and should be on your radar if you are driving through the area. Right off the highway and easy to get to.