Marine Corps Museum


The Marine Corps Museum was located on the first floor of the Marine Corps Historical Society in Building 58 of the Washington Navy Yard, 9th and M Streets (southeast), Washington, D.C. It housed a wide variety of exhibits with artifacts relating to the history of the U.S. Marines. It also contained a collection of art relating to the Marines and a historical Time Tunnel. For many years, the Marine Corps Museum served as an important center for preserving and showcasing the Marine Corps legacy. The museum closed on July 1, 2005 during the establishment of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.HistoryIn the early 20th century, the Marine Corps displayed historical items such as captured weapons and flags in war trophy rooms at the Headquarters Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C. In 1940, the Marine Corps established a proto-museum on the second deck of Little Hall at Marine Corps Base Quantico. In 1952, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., directed his staff to create a Marine Corps exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution after noticing no such display existed there. The Marine Corps Historical Branch tasked reserve Major John H. Magruder III with developing the exhibit at the Smithsonian.


1254 Charles Morris St SE
Washington D.C., DC

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 21:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday 23:00 - 23:59
Saturday 11:00 - 20:00
Sunday 11:00 - 20:00




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