QUANTICO, Va. --
Corps history and tradition are now only a mouse click away.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps launched an interactive website June 23, allowing historians and high schools around the world to tour the installation in any clime and any place that has an internet connection.
“The National Museum of the Marine Corps has one simple mission, to preserve and showcase the material history of the Corps,” said Gen. James T. Conway, 34th commandant to the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps veteran Steven Wallace, from Beverly Hills, Calif., came up with the idea for the online experience because he wasn’t able to visit the museum in person.
“You will be able to get up close and personal with the artifacts in ways you can’t at the museum itself,” said NMMC Director Lin Ezell. “During the virtual tour there are high definition pictures that you can view and look at up close to see every detail. There are also 3-D models of tanks, planes and other vehicles that you can view in a detailed 360-degree view.”
More than 7,000 people have viewed the site, which was created by the Virginia-based Dynology Corporation, since it launched earlier this week.
“One interesting theme in the feedback we received to date is that people say viewing the website makes them want to visit the museum even more now,” said John Doyle, virtual museum project manager.
While the general public can visit the museum in person from 9:00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m., the virtual installation is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, online visitors don’t have to wait in line to visit their favorite exhibits or worry about overcrowded parking lots.
“I love it,” Doyle said. “My favorite elements, other than the obvious panorama photography, are the artifact 3-D models, the exhibit walking tour narratives and the docent video stories. Filming their stories for the website really makes visitors feel like they're getting the same experience that they could get by being there.”
To view the virtual museum, visit www.virtualusmcmuseum.com.