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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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Durham, North Carolina
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339 reviews 339 reviews
204 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This museum will keep a child's interest because of all the exhibits. The history loving adults will enjoy reading all the information. I like looking at the exhibits where my husband has to stop and read everything. We didn't find the layout that easy to follow and a few time found ourselves backtracking but we managed to see everything (I... More

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Northern Virginia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful musuem to visit for all ages. We plan a visit each summer to check it out. They also have some great outdoor concerts that are free with plenty of parking. We last visited in August 2013, but will be returning in July 2014.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a special attraction. It highlights the key battles and individuals of the Corp and the men and women who wanted to be a Marine. Once a Marine always a Marine.

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Ithaca, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is not the best museum I've ever been to, but it is very good. There are a number of interactive exhibits which help you to experience the events as if you were there. It is organized in a such a way that you can focus on your interests and skip the rest. Excellent exhibits on the Making of a... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My first trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps was to witness my son's acceptance of his commission after graduation from Officer Candidate School at Marine Base Quantico. My second was a side trip right before his graduation from The Basic School at Camp Barrett. It's one of those places that allow you to learn something new every... More

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Because traffic was so bad on I-95S family and I decided to stop at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on our way home from our recent trip to DC. The museum is just minutes from interstate 95. This is one of the most impressive museums I have ever visited. (The history of the Corps, the exhibits, etc.) Even... More

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Buffalo, New York
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I'm not a Marine. (retired Air Force), but I have to say that this is the most impressive museum that I have ever visited, and I have visited many. I give it 10 out of 5 stars. Every exhibit was fascinating and top notch. I think that every veteran, or person with a sense of curiosity about things would feel... More

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Annville, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Off the beaten path but with free admission and parking, you can't go wrong. Activities for small kids, along with great chronological history exhibits of the USMC. A must see for any history buff.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Loved the museum, especially the Vietnam exhibit. Take the time to go through the Iwo Jima exhibit. We couldn't but the docent (Frank) fought at Iwo Jim and relays his experiences 4 days a week. I had the privilege of shaking his hand and thanking him for his service :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The landscaping resembles trenches and pillboxes. The teepee shaped building is worth the visit. There is a large cafeteria and a gift shop. When the ladies in our family visit Potomac Mills shopping center, the guys head to this free museum. This is a fun rainy day activity.

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