The Children’s Gallery, mirroring the Museum’s theme of conveying U.S. and world history from the perspective of a United States Marine, is a scaled-down version that offers hands-on interactive exhibits. Children are immersed in the rich, exciting history of the Marine Corps, from the founding at Tun Tavern in 1775 to today’s twenty-first century warfighter.
Each time period represented provides children an opportunity to “meet” illustrated Marine “guides” through letters, postcards and interactives. These items help young visitors better grasp the challenges of serving at home and abroad. Children will learn about the Colonial period through objects situated on the porch of Tun Tavern, the legendary birthplace of the Corps. Children can walk through a World War I trench and peer into “no man’s land” through periscopes. The child-sized World War II-era landing craft showcases the importance of the Corps’ amphibious capabilities. The landing craft’s moving pistons and the scaled-down model of a Korean War-era helicopter’s working controls keep children engaged while they are also learning. Young visitors can also try on modern uniforms and get a glimpse of how today’s warriors use technology to stay in touch with their loved ones.
The experience is age-appropriate for children up to age ten, but all visitors are welcome. Museum educators will be on duty, and there is ample seating for parents and caregivers while children explore and/or attend story time.
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