Skip to comments.[USMC] Marine museum a top site
Posted on 11/10/2007 10:39:20 AM PST by HokieMom
The National Museum of the Marine Corps has become one of Virginia's top tourist destinations, attracting more than 600,000 visitors to the Quantico site after one year.
The Marine Corps will celebrate the museum's success on its first anniversary Saturday.
"Originally, we were expecting between 250,000 and 500,000 visitors," said Chris Vassil, a media relations assistant at the museum. "We expect to end this year with over 600,000 visitors, which puts it in the top visited destinations in Virginia."
The museum is expected to rank as the fifth most visited attraction in Virginia for 2007, according to the Virginia Association of Museums.
Saturday's festivities will commemorate Veterans Day. Marine swords will be used to cut the cake, and visitors will have opportunities to write postcards to Marines.
Part of the museum's mission is to illustrate American history through the eyes of troops.
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Went there twice this past summer, once with the family, and once while on a short business trip to the area. It’s not a long drive as we live near Richmond. I highly recommend it to anyone, Marine or not. I am ex-Navy (my late father was a Marine) and I thoroughly enjoyed it, both times.
I went last summer, too. It was well worth the trip. There’s a whole wing yet to be completed and still so much to see. I heard the other branches of the US Military are working on their own museums since this one has been so successful.
I just have to get there....and HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, SEMPER FI FROM AN OLD ARMY GUY
Let me know when the USAF gets around to building a museum. (/sarc)
The USMC museum looks great. I hope to visit it next year.
The other service museums are also great. The USAF museum in Dayton is good for several days of exploration. There are usually a large number of Japanese tourists posing for pictures next to Bock’s Car, the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki.
Do you say that because the Air Force already has one at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs?
Oops, sorry. I see in the next post that it’s in Dayton.
Wright-Patterson AFB, to be specific. A buddy of mine has a pilot's license, and they had a fly-in a few years ago, so he rented a Cessna and he and I and two other guys flew up for the afternoon.
It's an amazing museum. I don't know if it has one of every plane that was ever in the AF (and AAC and AAF) active inventory, but it's got to be close. Plus some oddities like the Tacit Blue prototype that developed a lot of the stealth techniques in use today.
And incidentally, the Navy has a museum at the Washington Navy Yard, and has for some time, though they're working on a big expansion. The USAFM has been around for a while. The Army is working on its own museum, scheduled to open in 2013. I was just poking a little fun at the statement that the other branches were following the lead of the USMC museum -- two of the three had museums already.
I went there in August. It was terrific. A few logistical notes: there is ample parking and it is free. There is no admission charge. There is a little pub, Tun Tavern, of course, and a cafeteria, called the mess hall, in the building. Both were fine when I visited. There is a modest gift store for souvenirs. Quite often there are ceremonies of one sort or another. Hardly anyone does them like the Marines.
I intend to visit there again soon.
(I also noted a good many school buses, and not just from nearby Virginia, but as far away as Ohio and Kentucky; so let your schools know that here is an inspiring history lesson in a safe and student-friendly environment to consider.)
We were driving down through VA from Reston to Richmond late in the summer and I saw the top of this behind the trees. I had no idea what it was! Now I know!
There is a Naval Air Museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. It’s a fun place to visit!
I'm going to my grandma's in Orlando for Thanksgiving. On the way down or the way back, I might have to re-route through Pensacola if it's feasible.
I think I've seen more SR-71/YF-12s on display then there are currently active -- but I don't think the Navy ever used those (hard to imagine launching one off a carrier).
Another interesting military museum is just about 1-1/2 hours south at Ft. Lee, VA. (near my home, so I have gone often). It is the United States Army Womens' Museum. Go to: www.awm.lee.army.mil --- (I can't get this to work as a link, maybe because it is military.
Here you can view artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations from inception to present day at Fort Lee, Virginia.
I am always moved when I visit places like this. Sometimes to sadness, mostly to a feeling of pride and appreciation and I was never in the military, but several family members were. I can just imagine the pride anyone who has served must feel when they visit these sites.
A nice trip for any family would be to tour the various war memorials/museums in DC, head down to the Marine Museum at Quantico, then further south to Ft. Lee and finally over to Norfolk to see the Naval Base. At Norfolk they have a tour one can take. The 45-minute tour is conducted by Naval personnel. Visitors will have an opportunity to see aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and one of the busiest airfields in the country. The tour also features historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
Hurricane Ivan destroyed their facilities in 2004, so if they've moved back, I don't know on what day they do their thing, now. Call before you go to check on that.
It's beautiful at night when it's lit up like a crystal cathedral.
That trip is on my list. Maybe this summer. Thanks for the information. So many interesting things to see!
Just an FYI for everyone, on Monday AM (from 0600-0900) Fox News will be hosting their LIVE Fox and Friends morning show from the Marine Corps Museum as a special Veterans Day episode. They will be shooting throughout the museum, and interviewing Lin Ezell (museum director) and LtGen Christmas (the president of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation) so tune in!
For the birthday and the 1st anniversary of the museum there was cake for 3,000.
Remember, the Marine Corps museum is FREE!!! and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday but Christmas.
The USMC had a museum at the USMC Historical Center in the Navy Yard in DC for years. I worked there with Gen Simmons (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/08/AR2007050801917.html) and Col Nihart (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901532.html).
There was also a museum at Quantico housing armored vehicles and aircraft and small museums at various bases.
The new museum is much more accessible and my next stop when I get back up to VA.
BTW, I think the cake cutting at the museum had to do more with the USMC birthday on Nov 10 than Veterans Day Nov 11.
Best wishes to ALL of our vets!
They were handing out little squares of cake yesterday. I opted to have a beer in their replica Tunn Tavern instead :)
I missed the tavern when I was there! Will need to return. God bless you and your family.
God bless him.
Allow me to provide a few from my visit last May.
First up the view from the parking lot, boy that shape of the building is familar!
You go through the front doors and past the reception/information desk and you step out into a rotunda. Across from the entrance is a "replica" of an aircraft carrier's island. Around the rotunda are engravings of sayings about the Marines, as in this one.
Hanging from the ceiling of the rotunda are a number of aircraft. A Curtis Jenny, 2 F4U Corsairs and a Harrier. On the deck to the right is a display of a Sikorsky helicopter offloading troops in Korea. On the right is an LTV climbing onto the beach. This pic was take from the 2nd deck of the "island" IIRC
Off to the right of the rotunda is a nice theater and then there is the hallway that leads to all the exhibits. One of the really neat items in the Musuem is in the hallway. Along the right hand wall is a timeline that has all the accomplishments of the Marines on one side, with the contemporary events on the other side.
Two really nice touches,so to speak, are the Chosin and Khe San exhibits. At the Chosin exhibit they ahce a special air conditioning unit that provides a real blast of cold air so you cna get a sense of what the Marines endured. You enter the Khe San exhibit through a fuselage of a C-130 Hercules and here they have a heater going to "warm" things up a bit.
Well that's it for this very short tour of the Musuem. Mrs alfa6 and I spent about half a day there and could probably have spent the whole day there.
A final note the photgraphy policy at that time, to me any ways, was a little confusing. Basically photos are allowed except in a few spots but I wasn't always sure of what was allowed. I know I should have asked, so be sure to get that clarified when you go there. They had the flag from Iwo Jima on disply at that time and there were signs at that disply that said NO PHOTOS bit the rest was a bit vague IMHO.
When I was there they had the second Iwo flag on display. And it was well marked. I think it was the artwork that had me thrown for a loop. Anyways if I would have asked, I would have known, eh:-)
Same here! We Hattiesburgers are a little slow sometimes, huh?! ;-)
Ha!! You’re a Hattiesburger, too? We’re planning to move back home sometime in the next year, when we can get our house remodeled and ready to put on the market. We’re hoping the market here in MA will be a little better by then. ;o) We won’t be going to H’burg, though, we’ll be moving to the Coast where both of us have family now. We moved in 1976, the year after we married, so we’re ready to head South!
Those are great! Thanks so much for posting them.
A good pic that shows part of the "island"
The final installment :-)
Have to get back to work, have a great nite
Thanks again for so many great photos. Very nice.
thanks for posting. The memorial is quite the sight when it comes into view while driving on 95 north