My wife and I had just been to the USMC Twilight Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial the previous evening and were driving south on I95. At Exit 150A, we headed East to US 1 (less than a mile) then right on US 1 about 1/4 mile to the well marked entrance.
The museum design is stunning and brings to mind the Marine Corps Memorial in Rosslyn depicting the flag raining on Mt Suribachi.
Inside the museum are figures that are extremely lifelike. A docent (guide) explined that actual people were cast in position so the resulting statues represent "real" people. Well done indeed.
The entrance pavilion is expansive and has a number of displays that all by themselevs would make the Museum worth a stop. But, don't stop there - continue through the Gallery.
As you wander through the gallery, display after display offers videos and stories by Marines depicted in a way to bring their experiences to life. No boring fact-filled monologues, but real Marines telling real, heart-wrenching stories.
We ate in the Mess Hall (cafeteria) on the second deck and it was good. Next door to the Mess Hall, the Tunn Tavern allows visitors to eat in an old style pub which brings to life the days of early recruiting in 1775 when the Corps was first established.
This is right up there with the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola and the Air Force Museum in Dayton.
Much more from the early days of the Corps will be added as the Museum expands but it is well worth the trip to see it now. We will make this a regular stop.