Since 1775, the United States Marine Corps has courageously fought in every climate and every place where they could take a rifle. Known for being “the first to fight,” the Corps was born in a small brewery in the City of Brotherly Love called Tun Tavern. So, to commemorate the Corps’ rich history, a beautiful museum dedicated to the Corps was opened in 2006. This stunning treasure trove of history ensures that the Marines of the past will never be forgotten.
Located in Virginia, the museum covers various stories of Marine bravery from the very start. If that alone doesn’t get you to want to buy a ticket and walk the halls, maybe these reasons will.
1. You can get up close to one of the most famous American flags in history.
Yes. This is the original flag that was raised by Marines on top of Mount Suribachi.
2. The museum recreated the birthplace of the Marine Corps.
Did you know the Corps was born in Tun Tavern? Well now at the museum, you can sit at a recreation of this important bar and order a drink. Talk about getting steeped in history.
3. There’s tons of history behind uniform changes.
For example, the Marines’ leather belts were replaced by one made of fabric because Devil Dogs would use them as weapons in fistfights. Okay, so that’s not super surprising, but it is pretty neat to see history in action.
4. Immerse yourself as a Marine in Vietnam
To make sure every visitor understands what it was really like, the museum turns up the heat — literally. As you walk through the Vietnam exhibit, the room’s temperature rises to give visitors a taste of what it was like for our nation’s heroes fighting in the jungle.
5. The Marine planes suspended from the ceiling are completely restored.
Of course, these took several years to complete. But it’s important to note that these aerial marvels have been restored to their pristine conditions.
6. The front represents one of the most iconic moments in USMC history.
Does this building look familiar? Well, it should. The building showcases robust architecture, influenced heavily by the flag raising at Iwo Jima. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but seeing this modern marvel in person will probably tack on a few more zeroes.
7. The museum will continuously grow
As the Marine Corps continues to make history, the National Museum will be there to host their stories. Just like the Corps is ever-evolving to meet the needs of a constantly changing world, so too will this mueusm. That on its own is pretty near.