National Museum of the Marine Corps

Yesterday we visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps adjacent to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. The museum is a 120,000 square foot structure that, from the outside, reminds viewers of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, especially as seen from I-95. We have driven by this museum for many years without stopping, each time saying that we should visit it. Yesterday we made a special trip for just that.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

It is impossible to do justice to this museum in a short post. You are encouraged to visit their excellent website at for a more in-depth coverage and, even better, to visit the Museum itself.  Instead, we are giving you a collage of images, highlighting some wars and battles in which the Marines played a large role. The Museum contains elaborate tableaux of battle scenes, with figures so lifelike that, at times, we thought they would move.

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