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National Museum of the Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, VA 22172
+1 877-653-1775
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Triangle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The National Museum of the Marine Corps opened in 2006. It is very modern structure and the outside is intentionally reminiscent of the rising of the flag by Marines on Iwo Jima. The visit started with a short film which was mainly interviews with marines from all walks of life. The museum was well laid out and followed a circular... More

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Cincinnati
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I am not a marine, but was in Quantico for my sons graduation. We all wanted to include this as a stop on our trip. I found the initial information on how to navigate the museum lacking. My husband and I got separated and neither of us toured in the order we really should have. the museum is organized in... More

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Our trip included the Marine Corps Museum. We were impressed with the beautiful maintained grounds. Upon entering the main area we saw the airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Everything from a WW I bi-plane to a jet fighter. There were two static exhibits of a helicopter landing and one of the a Marine landing on a beach in WW II.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The museum has ample free parking. The outside of the building is amazing! The outside grounds have trails leading to beautiful small chapel. Inside the museum, there is a reception area with a gift shop in the lobby. As far as the museum it is one of the most organized and shares the history of the Marine Corp. The exhibits... More

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This museum was very well done. It has a nice mix of artifacts and interactive exhibits. You can stand in a booth next to 'the bus' & get yelled at by a DI (my husband chose not to do this, but when he saw others do this, it brought back memories). There was so much to see... It was very... More

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Washington, DC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you enjoy military history, or for that matter if you enjoy American history, this is a great stop. The museum is free, and is just far enough out of the way that it doesn't have the crowds of the other museums in the region. There's a number of interactive exhibits, and if you time your visit right you might... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

You can spend hours at this free museum. It gives a comprehensive look into the history of the Marines Corps and how the Marine Corps has shaped history. It is a fantastic museum that caters to everyone's interests. Kids, adults, people who are interested in war facts and those who do not care for that as much, the exhibits are... More

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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The exhibits are amazing! The history of the Corps is told through multimedia presentations and displays. The WW I and WW II exhibits are excellent. The Korean War experience is impressive. Staff throughout the museum are very knowledgeable. The day that we visited there were demonstrations of robotics including drone flights outside the museum

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Golden, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Excellent history of the Marine Corps, including activities for children of various ages. The boys particularly liked the laser firing range. Coverage of World War 2, Korea and Vietnam very inspiring. Coverage of boot camp training also good.

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you've never been, you must. We have driven on the Interstate and seen the shape of this museum for many years but never had the opportunity to go - until recently. It is a well thought out museum with many sections and tons of artifacts. Lots to see, read and watch. We spent 2.5 hours there and barely put... More

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