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Information about the MCRD Command Museum

San Diego is home to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, a facility where newly enlisted marines come to San Diego to begin basic training. Although most people are only aware of the MCRD’s role as a recruiting depot, the MCRD also serves as a museum and research library. Interested in learning more? The Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel near MCRD San Diego provides a shot list of frequently asked questions about the recruit depot.

  • Where is the Command Museum located?
    Visitors can find the Command Museum on the campus of the MCRD San Diego. If you are driving to the depot, simply pass through Gate 4 where you will be asked to show a form of photo identification.
  • How much does it cost to enter?
    Admission to the museum is free of charge. Group classes and tours can also be arranged if you make an appointment in advance.
  • What can be found at the Command Museum?
    The museum opened in 1987 as a way to share the history of the Marine Corps. Today, local San Diego residents and visitors continue to learn about life as a marine during the 20th and 21st centuries via a collection of exhibits and galleries.

In addition to a museum, the Command Museum is also a library. Here, researchers, teachers and those simply interested in history can browse through the museums extensive archive collection. The library includes everything from historic military books to letters and photographs. Headed by a professional archivist, visitors can seek assistance for research or personal purposes at no additional cost.

What to do after the Command Museum?

If you would like to extend your day of military learning, head over to the USS Midway Museum, not far from the command museum. If you are staying at one of the hotels near the MCRD the USS Midway will only be a few minutes’ drive. Upon arriving at the aircraft carrier, you will be able to tour the cabins and interior of the boat as well as the top deck where you can climb aboard actual aviation units. Continue up the embarcadero for views of the bay and stop at one of the many waterfront restaurants before heading back to your hotel.

If you are looking for lodging near the MCRD, the Pacific Inn is your ideal option. Located in downtown San Diego, our guests have easy access to the military landmarks of the area and are within minutes of the airport. For more information about our discounted accommodations and clean and spacious rooms, contact a Reservation Manager today.

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