Parris Island Museum, Parris Island

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The Parris Island Museum is located at Building 111, Panama Street, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, South Carolina, United States. The museum consists of a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) facility and includes exhibits of the history of the United States Marine Corps as well as the history of the Port Royal region. Exhibits cover the span of time and occupancy of the island, from Native American civilization and French and Spanish colonies to modern day. Other exhibits display artifacts from the early 19th century to the present day.
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  • Be prepared to enter the base, especially if you are civilians. We do not have military ID, but were prepared to provide our driver licenses and vehicle registration, as were others a head and... 
    Be prepared to enter the base, especially if you are civilians. We do not have military ID, but were prepared to provide our driver licenses and vehicle registration, as were others a head and...  more »
  • A must stop if you enjoy military history. Our group of about 50 toured on a Thursday that was also just before a graduation program so several guests on base. Marine memorabilia from the beginning... 
    A must stop if you enjoy military history. Our group of about 50 toured on a Thursday that was also just before a graduation program so several guests on base. Marine memorabilia from the beginning...  more »
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  • As a proud Veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps it was AWESOME to see the history with a friend and my son. Stepping back into the world's famous yellow footprints and looking how the uniforms have changed over the years was great. Also being able to share stories with my family about my experiences and to see pictures on the wall was second to none. One of the best parts of the museum was reliving how the Drill Instructors spoke to the recruits upon arrival. Since I went to boot camp in San Diego it was fascinating listening to how the Women Drill Instructors were speaking to the women recruits. I look forward to going back again to share more of my experiences with my family. A great place to go and review the history of the US Marine Corps.
  • Parris Island. The United States Marine Corp. They both ooze history. So why not make a museum to honor them both? Makes perfect sense. The museum is broken into separate eras beginning with the birth of the Corps. It's a pretty typical museum setup with actual uniforms and weapons on display behind glass with lots of reading about events of the time. Lots of reading. There are two floors worth of Marine Corps history on display. One wing of the building covers the history of the island. There's 500 years of history under the tall grass and marsh land. On display are finds from excavations done on the island over the years. Honestly, it's a nice break from the military overload you'll experience in the rest of the museum. The other wing explains what Marine recruits experience on the island. It's a small section but it wraps up the display nicely. This museum is one of the things you have to do when visiting here. And you'll appreciate the air conditioning, I can assure you.

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