I have been to the museum a few times and every time I visit it becomes more moving. With that being said, every time I have visited I have had a more intense relationship with the Corps. The first time I visited, my husband (boyfriend at the time) was a midshipman. We visited with his parents and it was wonderful. During the day long trip, we had lunch at the Tun Tavern which not only had absolutely delicious food, but was an experience in itself. It just so happens to be a replica of the original Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775 (remember that :P).
The museum is beautiful both on the inside and outside, and everything has meaning and purpose. The photo at the beginning of this post is of the outside of the museum, and the shape and angle is based off of the flag raising photo from Iwo Jima. The colors of the floor in the Leatherneck Gallery’s floor “depicts the transition from ocean to shore, representing the Marines’ mission of amphibious assault” and that is only the beginning. In my personal opinion the closer the exhibits get to today, the more moving it is for me, maybe because it is current, therefore relatable, whereas the exhibits from the past are not so relatable. The museum is placed perfectly for a moto “oorah” as you drive by on I-95 just north of Stafford and south of Woodbridge, Virginia. Set in the beautiful woods of Quantico, the headquarters of the Marine Corps, it can be clearly seen sitting regally to the east of the interstate.
If you ever have an opportunity to visit the museum it is a must, especially if you have a connection to the Marine Corps. Since visiting the museum for a second time I just cannot wait to go back, hopefully with my husband in tow. So if you plan on being in the area, reserve a day of your time and spend it there, it will take that long as it is absolutely information packed. Also, this recent time visiting, I was lucky enough to have gone with a group of spouses, and it was hosted by the local lovely FRO. We had a guided tour. Our tour guide was a former Master Gunnery Sergeant and his passion radiated. Every question a person had, he had the answer to off the top of his head. I cannot emphasize how meaningful this museum, how grand it is, and how representative it is of the Corps. I can only share my experience and hope it influences at least one person to visit it where they will hopefully be as moved and inspired as I have been.