Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum, San Diego

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 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. In addition to its many galleries, the Museum also maintains a Reference Center that includes an Archives and Research Library, a theater, a Visitor Reception Center, and a gift shop.

Scroll down to learn more about MCRD San Diego, our Museum Staff, Foundation Board of Directors, and Foundation Staff.

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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.

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BARBARA MCCURTIS
MUSEUM DIRECTOR

(619) 524-6719
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JOANIE SCHWARZ-WETTER
EDUCATION SPECIALIST

(619) 524-6038
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ELLEN GUILLEMETTE
HISTORIAN

(619) 524-6720
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CHUCK ARCHULETA
EXHIBITS SPECIALIST

(619) 524-6783
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VINCENT GONZALEZ
MILITARY SPECIALIST

(619) 524-8159
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Our Staff

Our Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them all, a passion for preserving and perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps. Many who serve on our Board have a strong connection with the Marine Corps Recruit Depot having drilled on the grinder, been stationed aboard the Depot, or felt the local impact of Marines in San Diego.

Robert Ross
President
Neil O'Conell
Vice President
Paul Atterbury
Secretary
Cory Cunningham
Financial Officer
Jim Guerin
Governance Chair
Greg Bond
Nominations Chair
Allan Rappoport
Director
Bobby Woods
Director
Jason Galetti
Director
Frank Pulley
Director
Foundation Board

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Working Together to Promote Marine Corps Values

The Museum Foundation is fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate staff who work closely with the Museum staff and Depot leadership to support programs, exhibit upgrades, and outreach efforts. To get in touch with a Foundation staff member, please call the Foundation office at 619-524-4426 or contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


KEY STAFF

Executive Director
Paul McNamara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Programs & Development
Chris Weimer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations
Alyssa Leicht This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Marketing
Sean Ritchey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office Manager
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Foundation Staff

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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