The Children’s Gallery mimics the Museum’s theme of U.S. and world history as seen through the eyes of Marines but scaled down to kid size with hands-on interactive exhibits. Children are immersed in Marine Corps history, starting with the Corps’ birth at Tun Tavern in 1775 and traveling all the way to today’s Marine Corps.
In each of the time periods represented children “meet” illustrated Marine “guides” through letters, postcards, and interactives that help young visitors understand what it’s like to serve both at home and abroad. Children will learn about the Colonial period through objects on the porch of Tun Tavern, the legendary birthplace of the Corps; walk through a WWI trench and look into “no man’s land” through periscopes. The child-sized WWII era landing craft showcases the importance of the Corps’ amphibious capabilities. The landing craft’s moving pistons and the scaled down Korean War-era helicopter’s working controls keep children engaged and learning. Young visitors also try on modern uniforms and get a glimpse into how today’s warriors use technology to stay in touch with their loved ones.
The experience is designed for children up to 10 years old, but all visitors are welcome. Museum educators will be on duty, and there is ample seating for parents, caregivers, and story time.
Family Focused Activities at the Museum
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Admission and parking are FREE. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day, except Christmas Day.
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