MCRD San Diego Museum

MCRD San Diego Museum Welcome to the MCRD San Diego Museum! The museum is free and open to the public. The Museum is open to the general public six days a week.

Dedicated to all who have and will commit themselves to the most honorable service. The MCRD Museum opened its doors in 1987 due to the hard work of Marine retirees and veterans, their families, and friends of the Marine Corps. Since its opening, the Museum has served the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego/Western Recruiting Region through its mission to train recruits and provide for the contin

uing education of Marines, support the recruiting effort, and serve as a bridge to the civilian community. The Museum is a public-private partnership between the United States Marine Corps and the MCRD Museum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that supports the Museum through programs to educate and strengthen the bonds of community between active duty, veterans, families and the public. Their generous support also runs the Museum's website and social media. It is closed on Sundays and all Federal Holidays. Normal museum operating hours are Monday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Visitors should enter through Gate 5, the Washington Street gate, and if visiting Monday - Friday, stop first at the base's Visitor Center (Pass & ID) to request a visitor pass. Note: Visitors 18 years of age and older must have REALID compliant government issued identification. For questions about base access and ID types, please contact the base's Visitor Center (Pass & ID) at (619) 524-4200, Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM (3:00 PM on Fridays; closed on Federal Holidays). The MCRD Museum's major galleries are: Recruit Training at San Diego; the Mexican-American War in California; the Centennial of the Base; World War I; World War II; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; and the Forward Deployed Gallery, an amalgam of history post-Vietnam featuring operations in the 1980's and 1900's such as Grenada and Beirut, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and the 2000's and 2010's Global War on Terror featuring conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Smaller exhibits include the history of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve (MCWR) in World War II; Medals and Decorations, Edged Weapons, and Fi****ms. Field guns are displayed in the museum's courtyard behind the museum building.


1600 Henderson Avenue , Bldg. 26
San Diego, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 3pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm
Saturday 8:30am - 4pm


(619) 524-6719


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