marine corps recruit depot san diego

mcrd museum

vincent gonzalez

military specialist

(619) 524-8159

about the museum

The MCRD Museum opened its doors in 1987 due to the hard work of Marine veterans, their families, and friends of the Marine Corps.  Since its opening, the MCRD Museum has continued to expand its galleries and exhibits.

The MCRD Museum's focus is the history of the Marine Corps in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the history of the Marines in Southern California. 

The MCRD Museum also maintains a Reference Center, that includes an Archives and a Research Library. 

barbara mccurtis

Museum Director

(619) 524-6719

Chuck Archuleta

exhibits specialist

(619) 524-6783

Ellen Guillemette


(619) 524-6720

Joanie Schwarz-Wetter

education specialist

(619) 524-6038

Our Staff

about mcrd san diego

MCRD's distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival architecture was master planned by noted Architect, Bertram Goodhue.  Goodhue also designed many of the buildings in Balboa Park, as well as the United States Military Academy in Westpoint, New York. 

MCRD is significant not only for its architecture, but for its long history and ties to San Diego.  Opening in 1921 as Marine Base San Diego, the Marines have served in this same location for close to a century. 

Today, MCRD San Diego recruits and trains men that enlist in recruiting districts west of the Mississippi River to become Marines.  MCRD also is home to Drill Instructor School, Recruiters School, and the 12th Marine Corps District. 

  • 6 Major Galleries
  • 7 Smaller Exhibits
  • Education Program
  • Reference Center

  • Theater
  • Gift Shop
  • Visitor Lounge
  • Public Restrooms


About the museum