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National Museum of the Marine Corps
Traveling on I-95 and exiting at Quantico/Triangle in Virginia, you'll drive up to the Marine Corps Museum. This wonderful museum was opened in November of 2006. Admission and parking are free. This museum is said to be "a lasting tribute to the United States Marines—past, present, future." The site is 135 acres right next to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico. The dramatic design is supposed to evoke the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima in World War II. Galleries offer virtual experiences: World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam. You feel as though you are there in that other time. It's very realistic and well done. You can also experience a marine's first days in the Corps. Step onto the yellow footprints outside the bus that represent a recruit's first Marine Corps boot camp wake-up call as the DI yells his instructions. A restaurant, the Tun Tavern on the second floor, has good food. The original tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the birthplace of the Marine Corps in 1775. The Museum Store is great fun. There are maps, clothing items, glasses, mugs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and books loaded with history. I love visiting this museum. The experiences I have had there are great memories that I hold dear. You will leave this venue with a deep appreciation for our brave men and women of the Marine Corps who protect our country.
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