The National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Innovative Design Featured in ‘The Military Engineer’

Curtis Fentress discusses the design process behind the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the November-December 2021 issue of The Military Engineer (TME).

In designing the National Museum of the Marine Corps, an in-depth research and discovery phase, combined with a commitment to sustainability and adaptability, has helped ensure a lasting legacy emblematic of the Marines’ esprit de corps.

In 1990, Congress passed legislation encouraging each branch of the military to create a national museum. In 1997, driven by the need to find a home for more than 60,000 rare artifacts, the U.S. Marine Corps partnered with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation to create the National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC).

Then in 2001, following a national design competition, Fentress Architects was selected to design an architectural form reflective of the seminal moments in Marine Corps history. Located on a distinct 135-acre site bounded by I-95 and the main entrance to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., the 120,000-ft2 museum recognizes the important history of the Marines and educates service members and civilians on their duties and skills through a combination of artifacts, interactive exhibits, and immersion galleries.

Now with the latest project phase underway, NMMC’s 30-yearlong project timeline showcases the tremendous effort to design and construct what has become not only a monumental national museum, but a facility aimed at supporting the mission of the Marine Corps for years to come.

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