MCRD Museum Education Program

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The Command Museum’s education program impact tens of thousands of students, youth organizations, recruits, Marines, and Sailors every year. The museum’s education staff has incorporated the most current technologies and teaching methods to provide our youth with the most kinetic, immersive educational experience possible. These programs are at the heart of ensuring that we are doing our part to prepare the next generation for success, whether it be assisting scouts with attaining badges, instilling our corps values of honor, courage, and commitment, or ensuring the Fleet Marine Force is among the most educated military branches in the world.

We Accomplish This By:
  • Teaching US and world history, geography, communications, and current events to K-12 students in accordance with California History-Social Studies Content Standards and the Common Core Curriculum.
  • Teaching Marine Corps history and values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to youth organizations.
  • Providing guided tours of museum galleries to visiting student and youth groups.
  • Developing curricula for out of area educators.
  • Developing historical materials about Marine Corps history.

Please contact us if you, your class, your group, or your organization would like to receive instruction, curricula, or tours.   Museum staff host visiting groups in the museum, and also travel to classrooms to provide instruction.   We will gladly send curricula to out of area teachers and home school parents at no cost. 

Questions?  Call 619-524-6038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Museum K-12 Education: 
The focus of the museum’s education program is to provide opportunities to all San Diego area youth, including students from Title I schools, to learn about the history and role of the United States Marine Corps, especially as it pertains to the Marine Corps presence in Southern California. The education program reaches thousands of local students every year, as well as educators from all over the country who participate in our educator workshop.

Boy Scouts/ Girl Scouts:
The MCRD Museum offers free classes, tours, and merit badge workshops for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts can earn two merit badges and Girl Scouts can work towards two merit badges and an award. Program curriculum focuses not only on Marine Corps history, but also corps values and character development.

Field Trip Program: 
One way the museum is expanding its ability to reach more students is by funding the cost of transportation for classes to come to the museum. The number one reason students do not take field trips is due to the unfortunate fact that school budgets are continuously shrinking. This year we plan to fund 15 classes to come to the museum, however the demand for transportation cost assistance is much higher and continues to grow.

Educator Workshops: 
These professional development seminars teach educators how to incorporate primary sources into their social studies curriculum, which aligns with the Common Core standard of educating students on how to conduct primary source analysis. This program utilizes the museum’s artifact collection and archival materials and encourages educators to utilize the research archives.

MCRD Museum Foundation
Building 26 Post Office Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday, 8:30AM to 4PM

Telephone: 1-619-524-4426
FAX: 1-619-524-0076

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