I was very impressed as I drove up to the entrance of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, as it’s quite a unique piece of architecture. I was even more impressed when I got to the entrance and discovered that there was no admission charge. That’s right, it’s free for everyone — all day every day. What a deal!
Located on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, this military history museum is just 18 miles south of Manassas. It features 118,000 square feet filled with interactive exhibits, military equipment and individual galleries focusing on World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Access is excellent throughout this new facility, with plenty of accessible parking near the front, barrier-free access to the entrance, lots of room to maneuver a wheelchair in the galleries and elevator access to all floors.
Highlights of the museum include the flag raised at Iwo Jima, a CH-46 helicopter with roll-on access and recreated battle scenes in the Vietnam and Korean War galleries. And for some first-hand insight into current military conflicts, have a chat with one of the marines manning the front desk. All of them have served at least two tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It’s a great place to spend the day!