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 new marine corps women's reserve exhibit now open

Explore the MCRD Museum's new exhibit on the Marine Corps Women Reservists who helped run MCRD during World War II.  During the height of the war, three quarters of the Marines stateside, staffing the Marine bases, were Women Reservists.  This new exhibit features photographs, uniforms, equipment, and other World War II era artifacts.

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."

the mcrd museum is open on veterans day!

Join us for cake and coffee to celebrate our nation's veterans!  The MCRD Museum will be open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, November 11th. Please stop by and bring your family and friends to learn more about the sacrifice and service of America's military.

free Teacher training workshop a success

The Education Program of the MCRD Museum hosted a free professional development workshop for 8th Grade teachers in the San Diego Unified School District.  This workshop was coordinated with the SDUSD History-Social Science Curriculum Specialist, Ms. Juliana Liebke. At the workshop, the teachers learned how to apply a visual analysis approach to teach students about the Mexican-American War in California.

These teachers will bring their students to the museum to study this Campaign later in the school year, using the museum curriculum from the workshop. This workshop was genereously funded by the MCRD Museum Foundation.  We hope to offer more topical workshops to local teachers in the future!

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 22nd and December the 20th.   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.

MCRD Museum Internship Program is looking for college interns

The MCRD Museum is looking for college students to work as interns.  All training will be provided.  Please visit the MCRD Museum Internship Program page for information.

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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