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“Every American should visit this museum”

National Museum of the Marine Corps
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US$675.00*
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Private Marine Corps Tour in Washington DC
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Triangle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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. Admission and parking are always free.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 6 June 2014

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.

Thank Citallwic
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

You don't have to be a Marine to enjoy this museum. You get the entire package as to what it means to be a Marine and what you have to go through to become one. The entire history of the Corps is before your eyes. To all Marines this is our story and it is our Museum. I am very proud to be part of that history. Semper Fi.

Thank RUDYSA
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The Museum is a great place to see the History of the Corps through displays. The grounds as well as the Museum are beautiful. This is well worth a visit. The Museum is free. There is also a working recreation of Tun Tavern upstairs.

Thank AMISPLACEDTEXAN
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

This museum hosts artifacts and history of the corps and every war we have fought. The scenes provide sights and sounds of the wars like I've not seen elsewhere. Stop at Tun Tavern for lunch or relax in the park outside. Free admission. Plan on several hours at least .

Thank Donna C
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

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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