Enjoy the spectacular multimedia presentation in the museum's theater. This high definition projection captures the energy, pride, camaraderie, humor, and tradition of the Marines, strength and determination of the war and peace campaigns, critical importance of the Carolina bases, special and personal stories, and distinctive relationships with the Carolina communities.
Changing Exhibit Gallery
Displays a rotating series of exhibits. These show focus on themes such as the history of the U.S.O or analysis of a particular rescue operation. Media, such as photographs, sketches, film, and collections of artifacts are use to maintain an active series of new shows.
Hall of Honor
The Hall of Honor is a place to recognize, honor, and reflect upon individual achievements and sacrifices of the Carolina Marines. Visitors can access information about these exemplary Marines through computers linked to a database of images, video footage, audio interviews, and written content about each honoree.
Base & Community Exhibits Gallery
In Main Streets, visitors are cast into a setting that makes them feel as if they are on a downtown street. This large-scale, dimensional scene houses a multimedia experience that serves as the core exhibit in the Base & Community Exhibits Gallery. Projected images of storefronts, bars, and other businesses change continuously, creating a dynamic background panorama representing Jacksonville's Court Street and similar main streets in sister towns over the years.
The Gallery includes specific exhibits on:
Small Town to Boomtown — examines how Camp Lejeune changed the character of Jacksonville beginning just before the United States entered World War II. After a brief look at the Carolina coastal area prior to 1940, it explores the economic as well as social impact of the base.
Proud to Claim the Title — focuses on the purpose and function of each Carolina base. The narrative timeline begins with the construction of the Marine Barracks New River in 1941 and traces the histories of Camp Lejeune, MCAS Beaufort, MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS New River, and associated camps and training areas.
World Campaigns Exhibits
First to Fight — is the core exhibit of the World Campaigns Exhibits gallery.
This multimedia experience immerses visitors into the sites and sounds of conflict. Projected images propel viewers onto the beaches of Tarawa, jungle of Guadalcanal, streets of Somalia and Baghdad, and cock-pit eye views over Vietnam and Bosnia.
Special Stories Exhibits — This exhibit area covers a diverse array of historic to present-day personal accounts. This includes featured stories and innovations coming out of the Carolina bases such as:
The First African-American Marines
The First Women Marines
The First Marine War Dogs
Aviation Firsts, from helicopters to the V-22 Osprey
Invention of the flak jacket
Development of the Special Operations Capable Marine Expeditionary Units [MEU (SOC)] at Camp Lejeune.
Work with barrage balloons
The importance of the field medical school.
World Warriors — emphasizes the continuous Carolina Marine presence around the globe from the 1940s through the year 200. The content is grouped topically and by era:
WWII and the Pacific focuses on Tarawa and Guadalcanal
The Mediterranean since 1946 includes Lebanon
Fighting Communism primarily examines the Korean War and Vietnam
Hot Spots After the Cold War features the Balkans and Desert Storm
Crisis Response — encapsulates the non-warfare mission of the Corps. Carolina Marines are shown at-the-ready to respond to any threat, from the Cuban Missle Crisis of the 1960s to a Kosovo peacekeeping call from NATO in 1999. Their role in humanitarian relief is poignantly told through stories like that of Somalia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Evacuation operations are illustrated with examples such as escorting the P.L.O. from Beirut in the 1980s and bringing home U.S. citizens endangered by Rwanda's civil unrest in 1994.
Special Stories Exhibits — First person accounts of such pivotal campaign as the battle of Tarawa, the humanitarian mission in Somalia, and the Gulf War bring a meaningful, real connection between historic events and the Marines who were embroiled in them. One powerful area of focus is the War on Terror, which for Marines began with the American Embassy bombing in Beruit, April 1983.
The Twenty-First Century and Beyond
Adjacent to the World Campaigns, this gallery is all about the modern Marine Corps. It stresses maintaining the Carolina Marines in peak condition to respond to every-changing conditions that we now face around the world. The exhibits are up-to-the-minute, with computer-linked "smart labels" keyed to real-time events. A large map shows where in the world Carolina Marines are today — from war in Afghanistan and Iraq, to crisis response operations, to training in the Carolinas, to deployment on various missions around the world. The Carolina Marines, their families and friends, are encouraged to conribute their own stories via a digital video/audio booth.