By John Cowgill
“Are we going to another museum?”
“Yes, we are. This museum is just like all of those other museums. Here, we get to see the same old artifacts and old collected junk. That is all museums are, anyway.”
“That is what museums are. They are all the same except that the old artifacts are different. Maybe we’ll see Jenny’s lost sock.”
This was the conversation between Rick and Sally as they walked up to the museum and went inside. But something happened.
“I thought that this was a museum.”
“It said that this was a museum from the highway. Maybe the signs are wrong.”
They walked around, and they saw planes overhead. Soldiers were next to a tank in battle formation. They were so afraid that they ran… and they found themselves in the middle of the American Revolutionary War. They ran away, and saw themselves in the middle of the Civil War. They tried to hide themselves, and they realized… that they were in a trench in France fighting the Germans. Then they were storming the beaches of Normandy. From there, they were in the middle of the fight with the Japanese in the Pacific. They ran only to find themselves in Korea in the middle of the Korean War. Before they realized where they were, they were in the jungles of Vietnam. Trying to dodge massive gunfire, they ended up in the parking lot.
“What in the world was that?”
That is what you will experience when you visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. The museum depicts the history of the United States Marine Corps to the present day, and is currently expanding to add more exhibits. When you are finished on the inside, there is also much to do outside, including the Legacy Walk and the Semper Fi Chapel. The great thing is that admission is free, parking is free and plenteous and guided tours are free. You only pay for items in the gift shop and for food in their restaurants. Be advised that you will need to go through a security checkpoint so you will not want to bring anything that you do not need. (It will be safe in your car.)
The National Museum of the Marine Corps in located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Triangle in southern Prince William County. It is easily accessible from I-95. The hours are from 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m., and it is open year round except for Christmas Day. You can go to usmcmuseum.com for more information.