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MacArthur Memorial
Ranked #4 of 77 things to do in Norfolk
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Owner description: Memorial to the five-star US Army General who served in three major wars: WWI, Korea and WWII.
Reviewed 4 November 2013

This memorial was a pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed ourselves and learned more than we expected. The museum features tons of real artifacts – everything from MacArthur’s Chrysler limousine which traversed the Atlantic, uniforms from World War I, a motorcycle and jeep, MacArthur family heirlooms, MacArthur’s famous corn cob pipe and aviator sunglasses, and even the final resting place of Mr. and Mrs. MacArthur.

We began our tour with a 27-minute film that describes the memorial and highlights MacArthur’s life and 52-year military career. It plays on every hour and half hour. From there, we toured an exhibit on the Rainbow Division, then the two-level Memorial. All the staff members were friendly and helped point us in the right direction as far as determining the best order to tour the facility. Upon entering the Memorial, you immediately find yourself in an impressive rotunda, gazing down on the tombs of General Douglas MacArthur and his wife, Joan. From there, there are eight galleries to peruse. Each gallery highlights a period in MacArthur’s life.

Even the gift store was nice. We purchased stamps from the 1940s and some Filipino money from 1942 featuring MacArthur himself.

This made for a great Sunday visit since on-street parking was free and abundant. This would make for a great rainy day or hot day activity.

Thank foxegurl266
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I really enjoyed my visit. I learned a lot of things I didn't know before .Plan your visit around a good movie at the mall. Great Saturday Plan

1  Thank Rob A
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Memorial/museum spread out over 2 buildings. First one included a good, short movie about Mac Arthur and an exhibit about WWI and the US involvement. Second building contains graves of MacArthur and his wife, and a great exhibit of his life including his roles in WWI, WWII and the Korean Conflict and more. Very well done, although exhibits require a lot of reading. Probably not best for families with small children. Good coverage of American history and context with the wars. There are stairs with both buildings, but I suspect there is handicap access, although I wasn't paying attention....

2  Thank MaryKop
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

This Memorial traces the life and times of a great American and his family, from the 19th Century to Douglas MacArthur's death in the 1960s. It also credits his wife's achievements after his death.
It honestly addresses his contentious relationship with President Truman during the Korean conflict. This Memorial is more than a biography of MacArthur; it is a description of a long segment of the American experience. You have to visit.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We were one of the proud Filipino families who visited the MacArthur Memorial last Labor Day weekend. I am a big fan of the General. The memorial has a visitor's center (open everyday) where we saw the General's memorabilia, including his vintage Chrysler car. The center has a theater where we viewed a 7-minute video of his life in battle. The museum next to the center is where he and his wife were buried. His story was well documented in the museum. My wife couldn't help but cry after reading what he did for our country. Across the street is the MacArthur mall. The memorial and museum is accessible to the public, but I suggest that you should go there on weekends.

Thank Aldrin R
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