A field trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps is designed to be a self-paced, self-guided experience. Although we do not offer individual or group tours, our friendly and knowledgeable docents are stationed at posts throughout the Museum and are trained to provide additional information as requested. Most school groups will need an average of 2-3 hours to fully appreciate all the Museum has to offer.
Scheduling an Educational Visit
The first step to schedule a field trip is to submit a reservation form. Once your reservation form has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a Welcome Packet attached. Processing your reservation generally takes 2-3 business days. The Welcome Packet includes directions to the Museum, arrival and parking logistics, pre-visit educational resources, and information on eating at the Mess Hall. Approximately one week before your visit, you will receive a reminder via email from a member of the education staff.
If your group includes Special Needs Visitors (physically, mentally or emotionally challenged), please note that on the reservation form. In this way, we can ensure the highest quality experience for your group.
When you arrive at the Museum, you will be greeted by one of our staff members. Please remember to sign in at the information desk.
Planning Your Visit
Organization, communication, and advance planning guarantee the best possible experience for students as well as for teachers and chaperones. Our school group visit plan and map is designed to help teachers maximize instructional time and minimize congestion in the Museum. Many teachers have found this to be a useful tool in planning their visit.
We ask that teachers divide students into groups of 10 with at least one adult chaperone for each group. Please review our “Museum Manners” with your students prior to your visit. It is important that students and chaperones understand our behavior expectations. The following behaviors will not be tolerated: loud talking and shouting; running; misuse of museum artifacts; disrespecting museum staff, group leaders, and chaperones; eating or drinking in the galleries; any inconsiderate actions that disrupt the experience of others.
Teachers who wish to have their students complete an activity during their visit may download and copy one of our gallery worksheets, or ask the education staff to provide copies when you arrive. Our gallery worksheets were designed for students in grades 9-12, however many middle school teachers have also used them with success.
After your visit, you may be selected to participate in an online survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey so that we can continue to improve our education programs. We always appreciate comments and suggestions from teachers.
If you have urgent questions or concerns about your visit, please contact the Program Assistant for Educational Visits at 703-965-3198 or Clark@marineheritage.org.
Mess Hall Box Lunches
Box lunches are available through the Museum's Guest Services Office. Teachers can pre-order these affordable and nutritious box lunches for their entire group. Mark your selections on the menu forms below and return them to The Mess Hall, either by mail or fax, at least 5 business days prior to your visit. For questions about dining options, please call 703-649-2369.
Please note that student groups who bring their own bag lunches will NOT be permitted to eat inside the Museum. However, an outdoor picnic area is available.