Museum is open to the public.

About the Museum

The MCRD Museum opened its doors in 1987 due to the hard work of Marine veterans, their families, and friends of the Marine Corps.  Since its opening, the MCRD Museum has continued to expand its galleries and exhibits.

The MCRD Museum's focus is the history of the Marine Corps in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the history of the Marines in Southern California.  The MCRD Museum also maintains a Reference Center, that includes an Archives and a Research Library. 

MCRD's distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival architecture was master planned by noted Architect, Bertram Goodhue.  Goodhue also designed many of the buildings in Balboa Park, as well as the United States Military Academy in Westpoint, New York. 

MCRD is significant not only for its architecture, but for its long history and ties to San Diego.  Opening in 1921 as Marine Base San Diego, the Marines have served in this same location for close to a century. 

Today, MCRD San Diego recruits and trains men that enlist in recruiting districts west of the Mississippi River to become Marines.  MCRD also is home to Drill Instructor School, Recruiters School, and the 12th Marine Corps District. 

Museum Features: 6 Major Galleries, 7 Smaller Exhibits, Education Program, Reference Center, Theater, Gift Shop, Visitor Lounge, Public Restrooms.

For an in-depth history of the museum visit the MCRDSD Museum or the Museum Foundation at
MCRD Museum.

All visitors and graduation traffic
Please enter the base through Gate 5 at the intersection of Washington Street and Pacific Highway. All visitors must have a valid driver's license, state issued identification card, or passport, and all drivers are required to have a valid driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance in their possession.

All vehicles and personnel are subject to search upon entry and firearms, weapons, knives greater than 3 inches, drugs and all drug paraphernalia are prohibited. Prohibited items will be seized and offenders may be cited and denied entry. Expect delays for security screening and please plan accordingly.

MCRD, SD Directions.

For information in purchasing your platoon photos and graduation book please call the MCRD Museum Foundation at 619-524-4426.

             Recruit Year Book                                         Platoon Photo



Museum is open to the public.
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Normal Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursdays typically stay open until 5:30 p.m. in the winter, and 6 p.m. in the summer.

MCRD Museum
Physical Location:  Day Hall, Bldg. 26
Mailing Address:    1600 Henderson Ave., Ste 112
                               San Diego, CA 92140-5000

Museum Director:          619-524-6719
Education Specialist:     619-524-6038
Historian:                       619-524-6720
Exhibits Specialist:        619-524-6783
Military Specialist:        619-524-8159
Education/Workshops:  619-524-6038
Calling on a Saturday?  619-524-6720
Recruit Books:               619-524-6720
Main Line:                     619-524-6719
Museum Foundation:    619-524-4426
Museum Gift Shop:       619-524-8388



Museum Features
6 Major Galleries
7 Smaller Exhibits
Education Program
Reference Center
Gift Shop
Visitor Lounge
Public Restrooms

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