About the Museum
Who We Are
The Marine Corps Museum of the Carolinas is a tax exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our board is comprised of retired and former Marines joined by civic and business leaders. Together with our staff and volunteers, we welcome the additional support of our local communities and sponsors. In short, we area team of advocates committed to bring the museum to life.
What We Will Create
Our mission is to memorialize the contribution of the Carolina Marines in defense of this nation, and to explore the unique relationships between our Marines and the Carolina communities so closely tied to them.
To accomplish this, we will build a national-class museum and research center. High-tech hands-on multimedia experiences, first-person reminiscences, recreated environments, and displays of original and reproduction materials and equipment will dramatically combine to convey the stories of the Marines in the Carolinas. Our state-of-the-art research center will make archival and artifact collections accessible for study and reference.
In short, when people hear "Marine," they'll think of "the Carolinas" and our museum.
We are developing this museum for a wide audience. Our chief patrons will be military personnel and their families, young Marine trainees, retired and former Marines and Sailors. Military reunions will be a significant audience for our museum and research center. Local civilians are a core visitor group, from school age on up. Organized tours, both military and civilian, along with general tourists, history buffs, and collectors, will be drawn to this exciting venue.
The museum will contain displays illustrating the founding of each Carolina base, profiling the families whose land formed the bases. In addition, it will display World War II activities, including the training of the First Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. World War II exhibits will showcase the unique Marine Corps training that occurred in North Carolina, including the Women Marines, African American Marines, and the War Dogs. The heart of the museum will be II Marine Expeditionary Force and its elements:
the Second Marine Division.
the Second Marine Aircraft Wing.
the Second Force Service Support Group.
the bases and their histories.