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Historic Images in the MCRD Museum Archives

The MCRD Museum is pleased to report that we now have 8,210 photo records in a searchable database located in the MCRD Museum Research Archives.   Photographs feature a wide variety of subjects including, African American Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Boot Camp Training, historic MCRD, Marine Corps Commandants, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam.

The Archives is available Tuesday-Saturday by appointment.  Patrons may print a black and white copies, or save images to a CD or flash drive.   Please contact the Historian to make an appointment to visit the Archives:,or 619-524-6720.  Free!  There is no fee to use the archives or to use the information contained in the Archives.

The archives also offer a great many other research resources such as books, pamphlets, screen plays, magazines, and official Marine Corps publications.  The Archives recently obtained digital copies of the base newspaper, "The Chevron," Visitors can conduct keyword searches of the  digitized copies of the "The Chevron."

Tun Tavern Tuesdays at the museum

Each month, the MCRD Museum and MCRD Museum Foundation host Tun Tavern Tuesday, an after-work mixer designed to bring together Active Duty Marines, their families and friends, military veterans, and members of the community.  

Join us once a month from 4 PM to 8 PM in the museum courtyard for a themed event featuring living music, craft beer, and catered food. This event is free to attend!  Food and drink tickets are just 5$ each.  Upcoming Tun Tavern Tuesdays will be November the 7th 22nd and December the 5th.   Please join us and bring your friends!

MCRD Museum collects oral histories

Do you know a former Marine who is interested in sharing his or her story about serving in the Marine Corps?  Please contact us!  We are looking to record the history of Marines from all eras.  Please contact Museum Educator, Joanie Schwarz-Wetter, at (619) 524-6038 or  Read our oral history transcripts.

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mcrd museum is looking for volunteers

The MCRD Museum is looking for eager, friendly people to greet visitors, give museum tours, catalog photographs, and conduct research. All training will be provided.  If you are interested, please contact the Museum Director, Barbara Mccurtis, at (619) 524-6719 or