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National Museum of the Marine Corps
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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 MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED JAN 4-MARCH 31, 2016 DUE TO CONSTRUCTION. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Wappingers Falls, New York
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4 reviews
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“Excellent”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

Easy access and plenty of parking. Free admission and not crowded.

Visited May 2012
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“Very informative, a good tribute to our Marines past and present”
Reviewed 31 May 2012 via mobile

Will return, bueatiful museum and grounds. They also had a retirement ceremony for a marine who was retiring, very nice. You need a full day to visit they have a replica of "Tun Tavern" which served good food and they have a cafeteria style "mess hall". Lots to see just amazing they are suppose to add up to 80% more by 2014. Staff courteous and helpful. They even had "real experience" displays and interactive displays. OOH RAH!!!!!!

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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“The best museum in the DC area!”
Reviewed 30 May 2012

We visited the museum on September 11th, as we thought this would be a great way to remember the day. We took our two boys (ages 5 and 9) and we all absolutely loved it! It is free for everyone and one of the best museums I have ever visited. It walks you through the history of the Marines from Revolutionary War to present times. It is engaging and each area is set up so you know what it felt like for the Marines that were fighting. For example, in the Korean war exhibit, it is cold; in the Vietnam section, it is hot and humid. So realistic and amazing! They even have a section where you can see what it is like to be a Marine Corp recruit at basic training. My boys loved it. There were lots of hands-on things for them to touch throughout the museum. We spent the entire day there and had lunch in the tavern upstairs. The food was very good and reasonably priced. They also have a cafeteria-style restaurant that we did not try. I would go back again and again. The Marines are a class act of brave Americans and their museum doesn't disappoint!

Visited September 2011
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Saddle River NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Do not miss the sounds, sensations and the Legends of the Corps!”
Reviewed 29 May 2012

This is so worth stopping for, IT IS FREE!!!! OPen from 9 to 5 daily.
the sphere sits majestically off of route 95, and this particular day we had the time to stop and visit. Upon entering the great hall, the rasing of the flag ofn Iwo Jima, took my breath away. We were greeted by several Marines, many that are retired who know the place so well, it was like having a personal docent with you.And they do offer tours.
the exhibits have been tastefully done and the faces of the actual characters are filled with such emotion you feel like you know each one.The history of the heritage the making of a Marine,
the footage of films, the actual planes, high in the sky, actual combat guns, mortars, etc, my favorite scene was a Marine with his german shephard in a hut on the patrole, it gave me goosebumps, the carving s in stone surrounding the rotunda is filled with words to inspre and it was very emotional to say the least. There are two lovely places to eat one is like a canteen and the other a little more fancy we were short for time but you could spend easily three hours here . The cinematographer who did the video was exceptional in creating a true to life story of exceptional men who shared their Marine lifes. The only shortfall was that I wish we had some women stories . I did mention this to them, this exhibit will continue to grow. We did not have time to visit the chapel

Visited May 2012
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gwennadams, Public Relations Manager at National Museum of the Marine Corps, responded to this review, 30 May 2012
We're so glad you enjoyed the Museum and thank you for a wonderul review. Did anyone happen to tell you that each of the figures (characters) in the Museum are cast off of actual Marines? They take the pose for the figure and are covered in plaster so a cast can be made of their body. That's why they look so real, like they could start talking to you at any minute. Fortunately the cast figures won't strike up a converstation with you but our docent volunteers certainly will tell you about their experiences in the Corps. I hope you'll come back to visit us again and that you'll encourage others to visit. It's a whole new perspective on American history.
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Virginia
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137 reviews
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“Best interactive museum I have ever been to”
Reviewed 25 May 2012

By the time we left the museum, I wanted to sign up to be a Marine! When in the area, make it a point to go to the museum. There is no admission charge but they do take donations so please give something. There are docents throughout the museum who are retired Marines who are happy to share their experiences. Perhaps the most important artifacts in the care of the Museum of the Marine Corps are the pair of original American flags raised by the Marines on Mount Suribachi! One of them is always on display and we were fortunate to have a marine docent who was actually at Iwo Jima to tell us what is was really like. I can't stress enough how educational and enjoyable this museum was. The restaurant on site, Tun Tavern, is excellent but make sure you get there early as they are only open from 11am to 4pm. To see all the exhibits it really takes more than a day so plan accordingly. I've taken visiting family there 3 times and I still have not seen it all.

Visited December 2011
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