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Situated on more than 135 acres adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, the National Museum of the Marine Corps depicts great events of American history from the perspective of Marines who participated in them and strives to help visitors from around the world understand the steadfastness and strength of the United States Marine Corps.
The Museum encloses approximately 118,000 square feet, with an eventual expansion to nearly 181,000 square feet. The Museum´s signature 210 foot stainless steel spire soars over the tree line and is clearly visible, day or night from I-95 and the surrounding area. Designed by the award-winning firm of Fentress Bradburn Architects, the National Museum of the Marine Corps emulates the iconic image of the raising of the American flag over Iwo Jima. Additionally, the spire also evokes notions of swords at salute, aircraft climbing in to the heavens or a howitzer at the ready. The dramatic composition of structural lines embodies the spirit of the Marine Corps, a poised balance of strength and stability. The building will be an architectural treasure to be cherished by all Americans.
Inside, era exhibit galleries, utilizing cutting edge multimedia technology, will take you onto the beach at Iwo Jima, through a frigid winter night on watch against possible attack in Korea, and into a hot “LZ” (landing zone) in Vietnam. Combining priceless artifacts, such as the original flag raised on Iwo Jima, with documentary films, combat art, and recordings of Marines telling their own stories, the galleries bring the wartime experiences of every Marine to life. The Making Marines Gallery immerses you in the unique experience of boot camp where common citizens are transformed into to elite warriors endowed with the Marine´s warrior spirit. Tying the exhibits together, the Legacy Walk transports visitors through 200 years of Marine Corps history and is a wonderful introduction to the Marine experience if you are short on time.
Overlooking the Museum is the three acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, a place of remembrance and reflection dedicated to honoring the service of all Marines. Interwoven paths cross and meet at rally points, where monuments erected to honor various Marine Corps organizations and those who served in them provide places for visitors to pause and contemplate. Commemorative bricks line portions of the pathways through the park. Donated by family members and friends to forever attest the honor, courage, and commitment that embodies the Marine Corps, sales of these bricks support the operations of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Find out more about the brick program.