The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. (Webmaster comment: Been there, plan to go again. Well worth a visit.)
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.(Webmaster comment: Been there often, plan to go again. Well worth a visit.)
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. (Webmaster comment: Been there, plan to go again. Well worth a visit.)
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, OH, is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. It collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions, as well as today’s mission to fly, fight and win … in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection.
The mission of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is to preserve for all Americans the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present. Located in Savannah, GA, it displays the aircraft, equipment and stories of those who bombed Hitler’s war machine to rubble in Europe. (Webmaster comment: Been there, plan to go again. Well worth a visit.)
The Museum of Aviation at Warner Robbins AFB near Macon, GA, opened to the public in 1984 with 20 aircraft on display in an open field with another 20 in various stages of restoration. The Museum of Aviation has grown to become the second largest museum in the United States Air Force and the fourth most visited museum in the Department of Defense.
We got this far in writing up individual museums before we found that Wikipedia has an entire category of links entitled Military and War Museums in the United States, with eight categories that slice ’em and dice ’em by state, service, etc. You can find something interesting to fit whatever trip you are planning.