Excellent museum -- and free :)
Learn about the history of the Marine Corps and its involvement in US conflicts from the Revolutionary War to Viet Nam. There are displays designed to appeal to younger children, although I would not necessarily take very young children who might be frightened by weapons displays or photos from war. The beautiful central area has large aviation displays, and the gallery includes detailed panels, photos, paintings, historical timelines, and many actual items in display cases. The theatre shows an introductory film about the Marine Corps, and the display about Iwo Jima also has a short "military briefing" film and a video look at the landing at Iwo Jima. You could spend an hour here or all day, depending on your interest level and availability. The upper level has an observation deck, a cafe, and a "tavern." The grounds include a walkway with memorial pavers and a couple of statues. The museum also has a very nice gift shop. We recommend a stop to those with an interest in the Marines or in US history!
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