MCRD Museum Historical Society, San Diego

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  • There are many historical exhibits. The map displays are very informative. This military museum is highly educational and very interesting!  more »
  • And ready to be moved by the Marines never ending fight to protect Freedom. It's emotional, educational, patriotic and inspiring. It's also very difficult to find and the presentation is somewhat diso...  more »
  • Visited this museum with my Marine while there for his boot camp graduation. It was very informative and well presented.  more »
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  • I purchased Marine T-shirts while there visiting my Son, the Marine. Nice and informative place.
  • Well done! The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Get a feel for the first to fight Marine life and history of the United States Marine Corps! Must see museum while in San Diego.
  • You can learn information/History.
  • The MCRD Command Museum is definitely worth a visit, even if you're not affiliated with a graduating Marine. Before visiting San Diego, I was under the impression that it was reserved for Marines and their families, but it is actually open to the public and I'm glad I checked it out! Aside from the beautiful location on base (which is on the National Register of Historic Places), the museum has exhibits on two levels with rich history, artifacts, videos and photographs of the USMC, including rooms dedicated to the wars in Vietnam and Korea. There's a separate hall showing what recruits go through during basic training. If you appreciate military history and are planning to visit San Diego, I think this place, although not as big, deserves your attention, along with USS Midway and the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure to verify the opening hours well in advance. To access the base, you must bring your driver's license and registration (or car rental agreement, if applicable). If you're not a US citizen, bring your passport just in case. Specify to the gate sentry that you're here to visit the Command Museum. There is plenty of parking available. And admission is free. Keep in mind that this is a Marine Corps Recruit Depot with training and graduations happening year-round. During Graduation (but mostly) on Family Days, the museum may get crowded. If you're keen on avoiding such crowds, check the schedule by Googling 'MCRD San Diego graduation schedule'. On most days, you may enter the base via Gate 4 (Witherby St & Barnett Ave) which is closest to the museum, or Gate 5 (W Washington St). During Graduation Days however, entrance may be restricted to Gate 5 with vehicle search in the morning. The museum is located in James L. Day Hall. If you have a GPS, the nearest intersection is Cuba Ave & Tripoli Ave, immediately across Gate 4.

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