1. Leatherneck Gallery
Upon entering the Museum, gaze up and take in the breathtaking view of Leatherneck Gallery. See historical aircraft and a WWII landing craft so close you could almost touch them.
2. Making Marines
Next, enter the Making Marines gallery where you’ll get a firsthand experience of what it takes to become a Marine. Here, family members can also test their strength on our pull up bar.
3. Chesty’s Dock
Sail on over to the Defending the New Republic gallery where children can enjoy interactive activities at Chesty’s Dock. Learn how to tie seaworthy knots and explore early Marine Corps history.
4. WWII Gallery
Take a stroll from early Marine Corps history to the WWII gallery and view our most treasured artifact, the Iwo Jima flag. Also, sit down in our WWII theater and take in a short Bugs Bunny cartoon.
5. Korean War Gallery
Next, venture into the Korean War gallery where kids can learn about Sgt Reckless, a decorated war horse, and see how you measure up to the 13 hands mare.
6. Vietnam War Gallery
Finish up with the Vietnam War gallery where you can feel the heat and wind upon exiting a real CH-46 helicopter landing atop Hill 881 south at Khe Sanh.
7. Children’s Gallery
For the younger visitors, be sure to visit our Children’s Gallery where they can be immersed in Marine Corps history through interactive activities.
8. Semper Fidelis Memorial Park
Have extra time? End the day with a stroll through Semper Fidelis Memorial Park or enjoy playtime at the playground.
Need a break during your visit? The Museum has two restaurants located on the second deck: Devil Dog Diner, a cafeteria-style restaurant, and Tun Tavern, a restaurant fashioned after the legendary tavern where the Corps was founded. Have your own snacks with you? Families are invited to use the picnic tables in the playground area next to the parking lot. (Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.)
Every month the Museum offers family-friendly events such as themed Family Days, Preschool Playdates as well as annual events such as Dog Days at the Museum and a summer concert series. Check out our Calendar of Events for more information.
All of our restrooms have baby changing tables and oversized accessible stalls. On the first deck, restrooms are located at the entrance and next to the Children's Gallery. On the second deck, we have restrooms near the restaurants, and two family restrooms located in the Medal of Honor lobby. Also on the second deck, there are restrooms and an additional family restroom located in the hallway to the Final Phase galleries overlook.
Admission to the Museum is free and events are open to the public.