MacArthur Memorial

MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk

MacArthur Memorial
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Situated in downtown Norfolk, VA the Memorial consists of a museum, archive and research center, education center, theater, welcome center, and a gift shop. Admission is FREE.
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TennisStar602
Florida367 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This museum was dedicated to the life and the achievements of General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur and his wife were also buried here. The museum offered free admission and the staff was very polite and knowledgeable. The museum was located in the heart of downtown which was very close to the MacArthur Center (big indoor mall) and the waterfront. There were parking garages nearby or one could park for free around Ghent and then walk over to the museum.
Written September 26, 2021
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Allen G
Richmond, VA595 contributions
Aug 2020
On a day trip to Norfolk, I decided to visit the MacArthur Memorial. Very impressed with how well though out they have the museum. Well worth the visit and easy to find.

During current situation this is what to keep in mind when visiting.

1. Parking is located across the street in the MacArthur Center South Garage. Please make sure you get the museum to validate your parking ticket. It will give you 3 hrs free parking.

2. The entrance and Exhibit Hall/Gift Shop in in the new building across from Macarthur Park and the Light rail station. When I went they were not charging an entrance fee.

3. They do request visitors to wear face masks and follow the direction arrows on the floor and maintain social distancing during this pandemic.

4. The second exhibit hall is located in the old City Hall Building. Has more exhibits and also where General MacArthur and his wife are buried. Also follow the direction arrows on the floor.

5. One of the galleries was closed but should be opened later.

6. The research center is currently closed due to the pandemic.

You should check with the website on the current situation.
Written August 29, 2020
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Brandon
Pittsburgh, PA150 contributions
Feb 2021
Going here is a two part trip as there are two different museums to walk through. It is also free which is a plus to add into your trip throughout Norfolk. Inside the actual memorial is the more interesting side and there are many great artifacts from back in the day. I learned a lot by visiting the memorial.
Written March 19, 2021
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Troy B
Gastonia, NC4 contributions
Sep 2020
Enjoyable dash into the past. TO visit and revisit history and artifacts of the great generation and the making of an American Hero. This shrine is a national treasure and worthy of history buffs visits. I enjoyed the relaxed pace we could explore a tragic time through the life of General MacArthur.
Written September 26, 2020
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Angie T
Dillsburg, PA343 contributions
Sep 2020
We had a rainy day and decided to visit this museum. Staff at visitor's center and the museum (two separate buildings) were helpful. We saw no one else there the entire 90 minutes we spent between the two. Due to the covid the movie was not being shown. Being this was the MacArthur museum, it had a very favorable biography of MacArthur and it was interesting to learn about his family. However, subsequent reading afterward, indicated he was not the great leader of men portrayed in the museum. So a complete picture requires some work. I am guessing there must be an elevator somewhere, but expect some serious steps.
Written October 1, 2020
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Dave E
Richmond, VA82 contributions
Feb 2020
I already knew a lot about General MacArthur before we visited, but I was amazed by the depth and breadth of the exhibit. My wife, who knew very little about MacArthur or his life, was impressed as well and said she learned a lot. At a time when China is resurgent and Asia is critical to world affairs, the MacArthur Memorial is well worth a visit. It is a great place to learn about 20th Century history and America's relationships in the Pacific region.
Written March 1, 2020
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Steve M
Pulaski, TN336 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a great place to visit and and a beautiful memorial for a great military leader. You will see items that was his on display and a staff car and motorcycle. The museum is free to all who visits. This museum is just a couple blocks from the World War II battleship.
Written September 18, 2021
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mrmachine
Raleigh, NC123 contributions
Apr 2021
We visited the MacArther Memorial this week. Nicely done tribute. Plenty of artifacts on view. Free admission. If your are a WWII buff, you need to see this. If you are not a WWII buff, go see it anyway.
Written May 1, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,431 contributions
Aug 2016
I wonder how many people know where General Douglas MacArthur is buried? Ask about the burial sites of Washington or Jefferson or Lincoln or Grant or FDR or JFK and you'll probably get a quick answer. But MacArthur? In Norfolk, VIrginia? Not Arlington National Cemetery or West Point?
Written April 22, 2017
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areader2013
York, PA160 contributions
Sep 2014
On a vacation with my parents (ages 81 and 79), we decided to visit this memorial while in Norfolk because MacArthur was someone my parents grew up hearing about. I have to confess that I knew little of him beyond his part in the Korean War (of which my father is a veteran) and his dust-up with President Truman. Well, this place certainly filled in the gaps! Not only is there extensive information about MacArthur, but there is also extensive information about both world wars. We thought we'd be in and out in about an hour, but we were absorbed for about three hours; by the time I had read most of the information, I was on military history overload. We walked through exhibit after exhibit - a total of nine galleries to visit. An amazing place, regardless of one's opinion of the general.
Written September 26, 2014
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