Northern Virginia Sights

Gunston Hall

  • 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Triangle

Published 10/29/2014

Fodor's Review

Gunston Hall. Eighteen miles south on Iā€“95, next to the Marine Corps Base Quantico, the glassy atrium of the National Museum of the Marine Corps soars into the sky. The design for this 118,000-square-foot homage to the military's finest was inspired by the iconic photograph of Marines lifting the American flag on Iwo Jima. Inside the museum, visitors are able to see the flag itself, as well as experience the life of a Marine. The museum is completely interactive, from the entrance where drill instructors yell at new "recruits" in surround-sound, to the Korean War exhibit, where visitors walk through a snowy mountain pass and shiver from the cold while listening to the 2nd Platoon fight on the other side of the mountain. The museum also has a staggering collection of tanks, aircraft, rocket launchers, and other weapons. There is even a rifle range simulator ($5) where guests of all ages can learn how to hold a rifle and practice hitting targets. Ooh-rah!

Sight Information

Address:

18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle, Virginia, 22172, United States

Phone:

877-635ā€“1775

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9ā€“5

Published 10/29/2014

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