USMC UNVEILS NATIONAL MUSEUM

Scheduled to open 13 November 2006, the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines — past, present and future.

Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, the museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to its 100,000 square foot structure.

World-class interactive exhibits, using the most innovative technology, surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

The building features a 210-foot tilted mast and glass atrium houses a massive Leatherneck Gallery containing suspended aircraft and various other large artifacts.

Era galleries surround the Leatherneck Gallery and take visitors through the 231-year history of the Marines, including pivotal battles and other vital contributions to the preservation of America's freedom.

The finest museum technology and multimedia effects in our exhibitions recreate pivotal moments in history, i.e., the landing on Iwo Jima on D-Day in 1945 and the 1968 Khe Sanh siege during the Vietnam War.

Visitors can experience the intensity of boot camp…or test their rifle skills with a M-16 at the Marine Corps practice range, engulfing themselves in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Thousands of artifacts, including the flag raised over Iwo Jima, pay witness to the Marine Corps' contribution to our Nation's security.

The Museum's facilities also include a restaurant, gift shop, a planned large-screen state-of-the-art theater, class-rooms, and office spaces. Eventually totaling some 230,000 square feet, the building will blend with the landscape, using environmentally friendly design and construction.

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