I have wanted to see the National Museum of the Marine Corps for some time. I remember while
high school a number of my friends, including one of my best friends, Butch, went into
the Marine Corps. I remember picking him up at the bus station when he came home on leave
after graduating from boot camp. I could see a huge difference in his attitude and the way
he carried himself. I also worked with a number of marine units while I was on active duty
in the Air Force. I found them to be very professional.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is designed to be the centerpiece of a complex of facilities called the Marine Corps Heritage Center. This multi-use, 135-acre campus includes the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and Semper Fidelis Chapel; a demonstration area with parade grounds; hiking trails and other outdoor recreational offerings; a conference center and hotel; and an archive facility to restore and preserve Marine artifacts.
The Museum is an American history museum seen through the eyes of individual Marines across more than 237 years. It is a tribute to United States Marines--past, present, and future. 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 welcomes visitors to its 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.
"Always faithful," a phrase known all over the world, is directly associated with the United States Marine Corps. Since its opening in November 2006, the Museum has had more than three million visitors, including many visitors and dignitaries of foreign nations. The Museum and the nearby chapel are also being utilized for a growing number of educational forays, weddings, promotions, graduations, and special events.
The Museum, designed by Curtis W. Fentress of Fentress Architects, replaces both the Marine Corps Historical Center in the Washington Navy Yard, which closed on July 1, 2005, and the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum in Quantico, Virginia, which closed on November 15, 2002.
In June 2010, the newest museum exhibits opened. These galleries substantially completed the exhibition program for the first phase of the building. You can learn about the Marine Corps' early years, from the first recruiting efforts in 1775 through World War I. You can pass through German lines in France at Belleau Wood, where Marines earned the nickname "Teufelhunden," better known as "Devil Dog." See, hear, feel, and smell the battle.
The chapel, designed by Fentress Architects, was completed in 2009 with a $5 million donation from a retired Marine.
The museum features the exhibits listed below, which were designed by Christopher Chadbourne and Associates. Click on Galleries to get brief description of each.
World War II
9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located just off I-95, 36 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 76 miles north of Richmond, VA.
From I-95, take Exit 150 to Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway); turn right (south) onto Route 1; travel approximately ¼ mile; the Museum's entrance is on the right.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA 22172