National Marine Corps Museum Photos

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    Take a Peek Inside the National Marine Corps Museum

    Exterior of the National Marine Corps Museum. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Marine Corps Museum is a state-of-the-art museum designed to help visitors see, feel and appreciate what it means to be in the Marine Corps. The exhibits use the latest technology and hands-on activities to help visitors examine the role of the Marines throughout American history. The galleries are arranged by era highlighting the experience of the Marines during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Three additional galleries, chronicle the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War I.

    The following photos provide a glimpse of the exhibits at this spectacular attraction.

    For more details about visiting the museum, see a Visitor's Guide to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps is an impressive modern structure featuring a soaring, 210-foot tilted mast atop a 160-foot glass atrium that evokes a dramatic image of the World War II flag-raising at Iwo Jima. The 200,000 square foot museum displays thousands of artifacts that...MORE document the life and bravery of Marines throughout American history.

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    Tank at the National Marine Corps Museum

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The museum displays many of the famous aircraft and ground vehicles used by the Marines throughout its 230 year history.

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    Iron Mike

    Iron Mike
    Iron Mike. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The term "Iron Mike" is slang used to refer to men who are brave, and inspiring. This statue, located in front of the National Marine Corps Museum, honors the officers of the 6th Machine Gun Battalion of the U.S. Marines who gave their lives for their country during World War I.

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    Leatherneck Gallery

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The dramatic three-story atrium to the National Marine Corps Museum, named the Leatherneck Gallery, is the starting point of a visit to the museum. Four aircraft are suspended from the gallery: a Curtiss “Jenny” from the “Banana Wars” of the 1920’s, a pair of Corsair fighters from World War II and an AV-8B Harrier “jump jet.” On the ground, an LVT-1 amphibious tractor tackles a log wall on the Pacific island of Tarawa, while a Sikorsky HRS-2 helicopter disembarks Marines onto a Korean War battle scene. Marble walls feature portraits of Marines and famous quotes reminding the visitor of the courage of the U.S. military.

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    F4U Corsair Fighter Aircraft

    F4U Corsair Fighter Aircraft
    F4U Corsair Fighter Aircraft. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    F4U Corsair Fighter Aircraft were flown by Marines in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. This aircraft hangs in the Leatherneck Gallery.

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    Honoring the Marines

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Marine Corps Museum is located near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia and is often used for ceremonial purposes by groups of Marines. The Sikorsky HRS-2 Helicopter, shown behind the group, was used in combat by the Marines during the Korean War.

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    Global War on Terrorism Photo Gallery

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Marine Corps Museum uses photo galleries to give visitors a glimpse of the most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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    Curtiss Jenny

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Curtiss Jenny from the Banana Wars of the 1920s is also displayed in the Leatherneck Gallery.

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    LVT-1 Amphibious Tractor

    LVT-1 Amphibious Tractor
    LVT-1 Amphibious Tractor. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    LVT-1 amphibious tractor is shown breaching the defensive log wall on the Pacific island of Tarawa.

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    Harrier Jump Jet

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Harrier Jump Jet is a vertical takeoff and landing attack fighter used by the Marines today.

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    Combat Art Gallery

    Combat Art Gallery. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Marine Corp Museum showcases aspects of Marine life through original art work documenting places such as Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Norway, Grenada, Haiti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Cuba, Somalia and Peru. Many of the works were created by artists who have served in the Marines.

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    9-11 Gallery

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This Gallery shows photographs from New York City during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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    Boot Camp Gallery

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Boot Camp Gallery explores the experience of Marines as they learn to be Marines. There are interactive activities where you can learn to use a laser-simulated rifle, lift a standard combat pack or attempt to do chin-ups.

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    Marine Bunk

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This exhibit shows what a typical bunk looks like and some of the supplies used by the Marines.

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    Photo Gallery at the National Marine Corps Museum

    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The photo galleries are moving and reflect the conflict of war.

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    Semper Fidelis Memorial Park

    Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The grounds overlooking the National Marine Corp Museum are named Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and serve as a memorial and a place of reflection of the service of the U.S. Marines. The museum plans to eventually build a chapel, a fountain and a network of paths that will extend through the wooded grounds.