National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle

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As a part of the Marine Corps Heritage Center, National Museum of the Marine Corps features interactive exhibits and military artifacts of the United States Marines. At this 11,000 sq m (120,000 sq ft) structure, you'll find yourself on a recreated beach of Iwo Jima and at the landing zone in Vietnam. You'll see the original flag raised on Iwo Jima and hear recordings of real Marines telling their stories. Take the Legacy Walk through 200 years of Marine Corps history, experience battles and battlegrounds, and see iconic artifacts such as The Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter, M50A1 Ontos Anti-tank Vehicle, and Chuck Mawhinney's rifle. Use our Triangle vacation route planner to arrange your visit to National Museum of the Marine Corps and other attractions in Triangle.
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  • Free admission, but edutainment at the all highest level, even the architecture of the building is worth seeing. Here, no expense was spared to show the Marines in their training and their operations since inception up to the Iraq war. (The latter is handled but only very briefly, the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are just built.) Focus are WWW I + II, Vietnam and Korea, with impressive collections, comprehensive information and structures in life size. So you open a door and ends up in action in Korea in the snow-covered mountains including cold, is suddenly in the middle of the 1st World War in a field and the bullets fly around a or runs out on the loading area of a transport helicopter and suddenly finds himself on a fortified hilltop in Vietnam. This, every single usage is provided with information and background detail. We could deal with the text panels several days, if you want. But even if they largely ignored them, the Museum is worth a day visit, you should also plan a, min. but a whole morning. What isn't the Museum: a Museum of history to the military history of the United States or even to the political contexts. It deals exclusively with the Marines and describes only their perspective, training and combat missions. The Museum is funded from the defence Museum, is part of the own PR and does not reflect only very sparingly to cooking. We have also not differently expected and also no one who comes here, should expect otherwise. However, we were surprised, just not only US - heroic epics, but also failure, loss, despair and victims get shown. This makes this museum clearly not to a war Museum, but better than you might expect. Tips: (I) the outside paths serve mainly the memory of certain soldiers / units and can be safely omitted, (II) the art shows not only military kitsch (if too much of it), but also really good art (III) there are two restaurants at the very end: a little more expensive and a cheap "canteen" style barracks
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  • I have been to many museums in my travels, from coast to coast of this great country and this is by far the best museum. This place is HUGE, with so many exhibits and stories being told it's hard to s...  more »
  • We attended an after hours celebration at the museum and therefore had a lot of time to go through the museum and really take in the exhibits. It was a very powerful, moving experience that really hon...  more »
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  • Great museum and it's free. Great museum to learn about the Marines and about the history of our country. With for kids it took us a little over 2 hours to walk through it. You could spend a lot more time if you read everything. Has a food court and they are expanding the museum. They have a piece of the 911 Pentagon and World Trade Center.
  • I absolutely love this place. We take our son for a long walk through the wooded area then into the museum to cool off and play with a few interactive kids things there. We all enjoy it! Thank you Marines for my freedom and a place to teach our son about our history and important individuals that sacrificed their lives for this country.
  • This place is much larger than I expected with very impressive exhibits. And it's free! There are a few different kids areas that entertain the young ones but there are more mature exhibits that show fighting. The exhibits are set up in such a way that they try to shield little ones from seeing the videos of fighting but my 6-year-old always finds a way to sneak over there. Other than that this museum is very impressive. And it's one my kids like going to, especially when there's a special event going on.
  • The museum has very realistic replication of various battle scenes. You can truly feel the individual heroism each veterans might have been experiencing at the time. I really liked seeing the various airplanes hanging from the ceiling in actual size. The bravery that took place and continues is so appreciated.
  • This museum was very, very well made. If you are a history buff or have been in the military, you can truly appreciate the exhibits that are on display here. The place was super clean and there were just tons of exhibits. The museum really tried to capture what it's like to be in combat and they do an excellent job trying to recreate it. Overall,highly recommend.

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