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“A taste of history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of MacArthur Memorial

MacArthur Memorial
Ranked #6 of 67 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.
Lisbon, Portugal
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A taste of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

I visited MacArthur Memorial without knowing what to expect, and I was surprised has I have a found a quite interesting and well structured Museum about the life of General MacArthur.
It was a nice way to know more about the life of this American Heroe.
Ps- visit date September 2012

Visited September 2013
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Suffolk, Virginia
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165 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Field Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

The kids are learning about WWI & WWII, so we thought this would be a good local place to check out. We were not disappointed! The visitor center has a fantastic WWI exhibit and shows an easy-to-follow MacArthur film. The memorial/museum provides guests with a walk through the general's life, beginning with his parents in the 1800's and spanning through the Korean War. No admission fee, but we gladly donated cash in the box at the welcome desk!

Visited February 2014
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Walnut Creek, California
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64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Worth the Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Within walking distance of Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin this a extensive, two building museum which explores the history of General Douglas MacArthur. The admission is free. I learned a lot of things about him. There are hundreds of artifacts, a short movie on his career, his 5 starred Chrysler limousine is in the lobby. He was General of the Army, who commanded the Southwest Pacific in World War II, helped lead the 42nd Division in France in WW1, and led forces in the Korea war. It is worth a visit!

Visited November 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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414 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“What a Great Tribute to a Great General”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

This modest (by today's standards) tribute to one of America's greatest Generals is truly a wonderful place to spend part of your day while in Norfolk. The pre-tour film is very well done, the displays are very impactful, and the interactive displays about the battles of WWII are exceptional. By the time you have finished the self guided tour, you will really gain a tremendous insight into the General and the man. And did I mention that the memorial is FREE? there aren't many free attractions left that are as wonderful as this one.

Visited November 2013
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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213 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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“Definitely Worth a Visit - And it's FREE!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2013
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