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National Museum of the re-opens April 1 By National Museum of the staff, Defense Media Activity

“Every Marine who walks through our doors deserves to see a piece of their story told in the Museum, ” said Lin Ezell, director of the Museum. “The addition of these historic aircraft furthers the Museum’s efforts to more completely represent the entire history of the .”

The Museum’s re-opening is a significant benchmark in the campaign to complete the Museum. The Heritage Foundation broke ground on the construction of the Museum’s Final Phase last March. An additional 117, 000 square feet of physical space will be built to make room for two historical galleries depicting the service of the men and women who served in the from 1976 through present day. The space will also include a giant-screen theater, expanded education suite and Children’s Gallery, a Sports Gallery, Art Gallery, Hall of Valor and more. The construction is scheduled to be finished in 2017, with galleries beginning to open the same year. All exhibitions are expected to be completed in 2020.

“The Museum team did a remarkable job restoring these Marine aircraft and bringing them to life for future visitors from across this region and around the world, ” remarked LtGen Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation. “What we were able to accomplish during this closure is a reminder of the work we have yet to do on behalf of those Marines who have served since the Vietnam War, and the importance of ensuring we complete this mission.”

After the April 1 re-opening, the Museum will resume its normal schedule, welcoming visitors 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., every day of the year except December 25. Visitors will also enjoy free parking and admission.

About the National Museum of the

The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. and the Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA. and is normally open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except December 25. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at www.usmcmuseum.com.

About the Heritage Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of history, the Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit MarineHeritage.org.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a former Marine and went through the museum before they had the 1976 to current part done and I was awe struck the Museum was one of the best I’ve been too, my Brother in Law went with me we spent almost seven hours there just so much to take in. Now I need to go back for the rest. Sepmer Fi

  2. Since the headline is a little misleading, wanted to make sure folks know the 3 month closure of the Museum was to bring in two new aircraft into Leatherneck Gallery. Construction on the new galleries will not be complete until 2017 with the galleries depicting Marines from 1976 through today opening in phases starting in 2018.

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