Expansion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps
As part of the construction of the Final Phase of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the museum will be closed from January 4 – March 31, 2016. During this time, an SBD Dauntless aircraft will be hung in the Leatherneck Gallery and the gallery’s Korean War Sikorsky HRS-2 helicopter exhibit will be replaced with a tableau depicting a UH-34D helicopter from Operation Starlight in 1965.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps’ is among our visitors’ favorite attractions. The museum has remained open almost every single day since its 2006 dedication and has done a fantastic job of telling the stories of the US Marines. The closing of the museum, in addition to the other parts of the Final Phase, will further the museum’s ability to share Marine Corps’ history with visitors from across the country and around the world.
The museum already displays over 200 years of the Marine Corps’ history, but the expansion will include exhibits depicting events from post-Vietnam to present day. The construction and the first part of the Final Phase will open in 2017, with all of the additional exhibits scheduled to open by the end of 2020.