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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS                            877-635-1775
Address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, VA 22172        
www.usmcmuseum.org

DIRECTIONS:  Located just off I-95, 36 mi. South of Washington, DC, and 76 mi. North of Richmond. From I-95, take exit 150A southbound or exit 150 northbound to US Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy.), turn South (right) onto US Route 1; travel approximately ¼ mile, the Museum’s entrance is on the right.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Located adjacent to Quantico Marine Corps Base, the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Museum’s signature 210-ft. stainless steel spire soars over the tree line and is clearly visible, day or night, from I-95 and the surrounding area. The Museum celebrates more than 230 years of United States Marine Corps history. You are invited to follow in the footsteps of Marines from young recruits in boot camp to the many places that the Marines have fought from World War II to present day.

Visitors learn about the history of the Marines by starting in the Leatherneck Gallery with hanging aircraft from the ceiling and tanks in the lobby. Journey into the first interactive exhibit that simulates the intensity of boot camp. Test your rifle skills with a laser-designated target acquisition M-16 at the rifle range. Feel the ground shake as you land on Iwo-Jima on D-Day in 1945 or brave the cold elements in the winter battlefield room depicting the Korean War.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps includes a gift shop, the eateries: Tun Tavern and the Mess Hall;

PARKING: There are designated accessible parking spaces.  Accessible parking space are 9 ft. wide with accessible aisle width at 5-ft. 7-in. 22 accessible spaces available for use — 7 on the west side of the parking lot and 15 on the east side. Nearby ramps are well-marked and placed so that they cannot be blocked by another vehicle.  RV and bus parking is also available.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  Concrete.  Playground area, decomposed granite.  Paths are easily accessible to persons with mobility disabilities.

ENTRANCE:  Located at the front/plaza; no exterior steps. Ramps are provided;  automatic doors along with doors that open easily (2 entry doors, 70-in. wide, open out with bar handle with handicap button available).  Glass doors have handles clearly marked in contrasting color.  Steps inside the facility are located in the Leatherneck Gallery Superstructure leading to the 2d deck; each step is 6 in. high and marked with rubberized diamond plate, with handrails.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:   Located   on 1st and 2nd floor.  Available without steps. Doors 33 in. wide, open out.  Turns to enter.  Wheelchair accessible stalls: 34-in. wide doors opening out and handrails.  19-in. toilet seat height, 12 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height 34 in.  Wrapped pipes.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions. Rest rooms identified by raised figures with pants or skirt on the door to designate men or women.

ELEVATOR:  Located in Leatherneck Gallery.  Serves all levels.  Door width  48 in.  Control buttons 41 in. high.  Elevator car interior is 93 in. by 67 in.  Buttons in Braille, raised.  Doors stays open 7 seconds.  Audible floor change signal.

SPECIAL SERVICES:
The Museum is in the process of developing and incorporating additional programs and methods to assist persons with disabilities.
For guests with hearing disabilities: Closed captioning is available for all videos in the Museum’s exhibitions.  The movie shown in Scuttlebutt Theater requires a special rear view device, which is available free of charge, at the Front Information Desk free of charge.

Transcripts are available for all videos and the NMMC Audio Tour. Please inquire at the Front Information Desk.

For guests with visual disabilities:  There are a limited number of hands-on exhibits, such as military hand guns, which have been made safe and are mounted securely in the galleries. Signs in large print, with contrasting background, printed on non-glossy surfaces. 

An audio tour, which includes dramatic details and oral histories not found in the galleries, is also available for rent in the Museum Store. Contact 1-888-315-1775.

History in Your Hands is a program that provides tours for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. This programis an opportunity to tour the collections through tactile exploration of selected objects, and through verbal description, tactile graphics, and other materials for artifacts that cannot be touched. Trained Museum volunteers and Visitor Services staff lead these tours.

Tours are scheduled upon request whenever the Museum is open, and there is no fee for this program, but a two week advance notice is required for all tours. For more information or to request a tour, contact Rachel Clark at 703-784-4469, email clark@marineheritage.org; or Jack Oblein at 703-432-2622, email jack.oblein@usmcu.edu.

For guests with mobility disabilities:  to assist those with limited mobility in reaching the Museum’s entrance, golf carts and wheelchairs are available via phone. Please call (703) 784-6107 and provide the representative with your vehicle’s approximate location; we will provide whichever service is requested.

Written material to assist wheelchair guests to find fastest and easiest routes. Wheelchairs and light-weight accessible stools are available free of charge, first come, first served, from the Front Information Desk to be returned at the end of the visit. 

One area not accessible by wheelchair is the CH-46 helicopter located in the Hill 881 South exhibit within the Vietnam Gallery. An accessible entrance for this exhibit is available; please follow the signage posted.

Many of the galleries include realistic themed exhibits that recreate a battle scene. These may include changes in flooring, vegetation, and lighting; visitors with limited mobility are cautioned to watch their footing in these areas.

Other special services include personal assistance from security, docents and Marines, who are available to assist anyone in any endeavor.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES: Located on the 2nd floor.  All facilities are accessible to wheelchairs.  Most tables are accessible for guests in wheelchairs.  Tables are located  throughout Mess Hall and Tun Tavern.  Table height  29 in.; they are not fixed to the floor; booths in Tun Tavern are 29 in. high. Aisles between tables 29 in. wide. Special procedures for food locations with railings for crowd control:  Mess Hall food line railings are stainless steel and 33 in. high.

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles vary throughout the facility, but are accessible to wheelchairs. Aisles clear of temporary displays. Carries a full line of Marine themed clothing, collectables, books and toys. Link to on-line store.

STAFF TRAINING:  Personnel have been trained to serve guests using wheelchairs, guests with mobility, visual, or hearing disabilities.  All staff, i.e. government, food service, store staff, are all familiar with Federal ADA laws. NMMC provides initial and ongoing docent training, focusing on accessibility and assistance to guests with disabilities; docent receive a 4-hr. refresher with updates and identify new issues quarterly.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  All major credit cards accepted in Museum, Store and at food service locations. Admission and parking are free. Facility is open every day from 9.-5, except December 25.

 

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