This is one of the better designed and evocative museums I’ve seen. It’s hard to believe that a facility of this quality charges no admission fees. The arc-shaped, chronologically ordered exhibit galleries have been layered in two decks surrounding the central Leatherneck Gallery. Within these galleries are over 1,000 three-dimensional artifacts accompanied by numerous displays and exhibits. All of them tell a story (a Marine recruiting poster in the Making Marines Gallery, for example), some are rare and precious (such as the Mount Suribachi battle flag from Iwo Jima), and a few are so skillfully designed that they surely must rank among the very best of their kind (the Chosin Reservoir battle scene is so realistic it makes you flinch). Touring this museum made me keenly aware that the dedication, courage, and personal sacrifices of the men and women in our Marines Corps have played – and will continue to play -- a key role in safeguarding American freedom. A visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps is an emotionally powerful experience that belongs on every American’s to-do list.
Take the stairs or elevator to the observation decks on the tower resembling a ship’s superstructure to get a panoramic view of the soaring Leatherneck Gallery and its suspended aircraft. The well-stocked Museum Store has a lot of good stuff, a good bit of touristy-tacky stuff, and an excellent selection of books. The Devil Dog Diner and the Tun Tavern are tucked away at the far end of the second deck. The bathrooms near the museum entrance are so clean that even my wife would approve.
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