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Ongoing Events and Temporary Exhibits at the Museum
“Welcome Home”
“Welcome Home,” a collection of photographs and memorabilia, captures the reunions of family members who have been separated by repeated deployments. The exhibit was born out of firsthand accounts of talented young women -- mothers and wives -- who shared their personal insights of what homecoming means to them, their children, and the heroes they have waited so long to see. These images show the Marine Corps itself as an extended family, whose members have celebrated together, mourned together, and helped each other during America's longest war and especially tough economic times.
On display through 2016
Marines at Work in Afghanistan
In the summer of 2011, photographer Nick Cardillicchio traveled with a unit of Marines on deployment in Afghanistan to photograph their daily life. These are portraits of individual Marines in their everyday work environment in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Every Marine has an important job. Most will work unseen and unknown to the public. These images give us a look inside their world. The photographer’s intent was to capture their unique strength and courage.ecially tough economic times.
On display from May 2015 through May 2017

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be CLOSED January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Construction has begun on the Final Phase of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This final phase will open in phases over a 5-year period with the first part opening in 2017. In the much closer future the Museum will be closed January - March 2016 to hang an SBD Dauntless airplane in Leatherneck Gallery and replace the gallery's Korean War Sikorsky HRS-2 helicopter exhibit with a Vietnam helicopter exhibit. To learn more about the Final Phase please visit

December 2015
Thursday, December 3 Special Event — Holiday Concert
Don't miss this rare holiday opportunity!  A 25-person brass choir from the Commandant's Own Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps will perform a holiday concert in the Museum's Leatherneck Gallery.
12:00pm -12:30pm
Wednesday, December 9 Special Event — Holiday Concert
Enjoy festive holiday music from the Quantico Marine Corps Band in our beautifully decorated Leatherneck Gallery.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, December 9 Family Day — Christmas
Santa and Mrs. Claus make their journey from the North Pole to NMMC so they can visit with the children.  Additional children's holiday activities as well.
Leatherneck Gallery, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Thursday, December 10 Special Event — "The President's Own" Marine Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert

The Marine Chamber Orchestra, part of America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization "The President's Own," will perform their holiday concert in Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

The Museum galleries and Devil Dog Diner will stay open until the start of the concert. Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the concert.

Admission FREE. Parking FREE. Limited seating. For more information, contact the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation at 703.649.2350.

Saturday, December 12 Family Day — Christmas
Bring the children to the Museum so they can spend an afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Special Family Day activities in addition to the visit with the Claus'.
Leatherneck Gallery, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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Sunday, December 13 Special Event — Woodbridge Community Choir Holiday Concert
Come join us for the Woodbridge Community Choir Holiday Concert.
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Monday, December 14 Special Event — Holiday Concert
Don't miss one last chance to sing along with a Quantico Marine Corps Band holiday music performance.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Sunday, December 20 Special Event — History in Your Hands (HIYH)

HIYH is a program for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. HIYH is an opportunity to tour the collections through tactile exploration of selected objects, and through verbal description, tactile graphics, and other materials for artifacts that cannot be touched. Trained Museum docents and Visitor Services staff lead these tours. The program is held on the third Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:00 pm. There is no fee for this program, but pre-registration is required and closes 1 week prior to the program date. To register for a HIYH session, contact Michele Flynn at 703-784-4469 / 703-296-8446 or e-mail or Jack Oblein at 703-432-2622 email

January 2016
Monday, January 4 Thru
Thursday, March 31
The National Museum of the Marine Corps will temporarily close to make way for two new Marine Corps aircraft. A World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber and a new tableau featuring a Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter will be added to the Museum's Leatherneck Gallery. While we never like to shut our doors, the temporary closure will ensure everyone's safety as we complete our mission to build a Museum that represents every American who has earned the title, “Marine."

To learn more about the Final Phase please visit

All Family Programs Are Free Of Charge
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