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“National Museum of the Marine Corps”

National Museum of the Marine Corps
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$240.00*
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$675.00*
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Marine Corps Tour in Washington DC
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Triangle
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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 older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 22, 2013

This Museum, which is free to all, does a remarkable job of telling the Corps story from its beginning to current day. Each significant era--Founding, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, and World War II, Korea, and the Cold War are told with an interesting combination of technology that displays animations to real trucks and tanks to photos and memorabilia. This is not one you can rush through. The historical panels are rich with details and presented in an interesting and compelling way. We made it as far as World War II and want to return for the Korea and Vietnam sections. Their depiction of foxholes in World War I, significant battles, how people fought and with what, was so well done. At one point we exit out onto a Higgins Boat, and there was a veteran of Iwo Jima telling his story.
We ate in the restaurant (Tun Tavern) inside the Museum, and the food was excellent and fairly priced.
It's a valuable walk through history that is served up in an interesting and compelling way.

Thank HikerGirl48
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Stumbled upon the NMMC along the I-95. You cannot miss the unique roof from the interstate. Thought we'll stop for an hour. Ended up spending almost three hours and only managed to cover a third of the galleries, it is huge, Thought it would be a rah-rah parochial treatment of the history of the Marines, but it was refreshingly not. Learnt a lot. And the museum shop is marvelous too.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I (late 20s), my father, and my grandmother visited together. We spent 5 hours there and could have used 5 more to see everything! Having been to many museums in DC, this one is still my favorite.

Thank DaniC123
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Positives: First off, I have to admit I have a bias. I was in the Marines for 4.5 years. That said, I will try to be a at least a little objective. What is so amazing about this museum is the attention to detail of the exhibits. The exhibit designers clearly tried to immerse the visitors into the exhibits; when you go into Vietnam, the raise the humidity and heat of the room; when you go into the Korea room, they drop the temperature and make it cold. The pictures, movies, and all the exhibits are top-notch.

The Negatives: Like any museum they need to make revenue from more than just ticket sales so food is a little expensive but it is reasonable. If you are a total pacifist this is not going to be your museum. Unfortunately, freedom is not free and it has come at the cost of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. This museum was created in memory of all those sacrifices and it chooses to honor the dead by telling the truth of there struggles.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have been a financial supporter of the Museum since its inception, but, being from the West Coast, haven't been able to visit until recently. The Museum exceeded all expectations! The static displays are great, and the interactive ones are even better. I thought I could actually smell Jet-A fumes when disembarking the mock-up Chinook helicopter. The (relatively) new WWI Belleau Wood exhibit was superb. And for a musician, the Marine Corps Band display was excellent, especially J. P. Sousa. Outside the Museum is a memorial walkway, with thousands of bricks engraved in memory of fallen Marines, some of whom I was privileged to know and serve with. The Museum is outside DC a ways, but well worth the drive and the half-day it takes to get there and see the whole thing. Oooo-rah!!

Thank Kalamariverrat
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