People know Quantico as the location of the Marine Corps Base Quantico, the training base for the Marines, but what most people don’t know is that Triangle, Virginia is home to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The museum and the surrounding grounds houses the history of the Marines, covering everything from the Revolution thru Iraqi Freedom and beyond, but also features a large part of its 135-acre land for the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park.
The Museum features galleries showing Marines getting recruited, physical courses that they train on, rifle training, and the gear they use.
From a historical perspective they have stories and reenactment models set-up in galleries such as “WWI”, “Vietnam War” and the “Korean War”.
In the spacious lobby they have helicopters and planes hanging from the ceiling.
The Memorial Park has a nice walking path spaced out with memorials remembering different troops and movements from over the years.
Units with special plaques, events in which the Marines lost soldiers, as well as statues showing Marine leaders from over the years.
The Museum and Memorial Park are all free, and on any given day you’ll see young Marines around the building learning their history.