Having a son in the Marine Corps I had to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. Admission was surprisingly free.

 

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - View of Entrance from Front

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – View of Entrance from Front

This is such a beautiful building its worth a second look. This view is from the parking lot.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Interior View 2

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Interior View 2

This place was so large we divided it up in smaller sections. This post focuses on the gallery entrance. The displays are primarily dedicated to Marine Corps air support.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Interior View 1

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Interior View 1

The glass ceiling is gorgeous as it lets the outside light shine on the various plane exhibits that hang from it. There is a Corsair and Dauntless from World War II along with a Harrier.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Harrier Close-Up

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Harrier Close-Up

Here is a close-up of the Harrier.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Assault from the Sky Display

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Assault from the Sky Display

The floor has its own displays as well. This one shows the importance of the helicopter to the Marine Corps.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - I Have Just Returned Quote

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – I Have Just Returned Quote

One of the more interesting features of the gallery are the famous quotes throughout the years regarding the Marines. More can be found in the gallery below.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Tun Tavern

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Tun Tavern

Just off the gallery upstairs is the Tun Tavern. We recommend the food – very good.

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 - Expansion Plan

National Museum of the Marine Corps 1 – Expansion Plan

As if there wasn’t enough to see here they are expanding. More on this in part 2.

 

 

This is a wonderful place to see what the Marine Corps is all about. There is a great deal of history found here that dates back to the early days of our country until the near present. The expansion will bring it up to date with the most recent military conflicts.

For more information or even a virtual tour go to their website at:

http://www.usmcmuseum.com/index.html

 

 

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Pin It on Pinterest