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Visit the Command Museum at the MCRD

One attraction guests of the downtown San Diego Marina Inn near MCRD are sure to enjoy is the Command Museum. Whether you are in town for a Marine graduation or simply have an interest in military history, be sure to make some time to visit this historic MCRD museum.

The MCRD Command Museum is located on the campus of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. The museum opened in 1987 as a way to share the history of the Marine Corps with local San Diego residents and visitors. Today, visitors can learn about marine life from the 20th and 21st centuries through a collection of exhibits and galleries. Group classes and tours are also available with advanced notice.

One of the most appreciated features of the Command Museum is the extensive research library and archive collection. History buffs and researchers can take advantage of these services to learn more about the rich past of the MCRD and the military community. The museum’s library is headed by a professional archivist and includes a variety of books, papers and historic photographs.

The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. Entrance, research assistance and the various classes are available at no cost for visitors. Visitors can gain access to the museum either by car or by public transportation. If you are driving directly to the MCRD museum, you will need to pass through Gate 4 of the recruiting depot. You will need to present a valid driver’s license, as well as proof of insurance, vehicle registration and a government issued ID card. If you are entering the museum and the training grounds via bus, you will only be required to present a government issued ID.

After checking out the MCRD Command Museum, soak in more of the military history of San Diego by driving to the nearby USS Midway Museum. If you are looking for accommodations during your trip, reserve a room at the Marina Inn MCRD hotel in downtown San Diego. We are centrally located near many of San Diego’s top military attractions, and also offer affordable rates and clean and spacious rooms. Don’t forget to ask our Reservation Manager about discounts for active military personnel!

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