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National Montford Point Museum

The Montford Point Marine Museum was established to preserve the legacy of the Montford Point Marines.  Its mission is to collect, record, preserve and display relevant artifacts in a museum setting for public education and viewing.  We have the largest collection of photographs, documents, papers; forever capturing the unique history of African American Marines from 1942 to 1949.


The Montford Point Marines Museum is housed on the hallowed grounds of Montford Point Camp in the East Wing of building M101, Marine Corps Base, Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, Jacksonville, NC. 

 The Marines of Montford Point entered through its main gate as mere men of color, who had pride, courage and dedication.   During the 1940s these men traveled a road that was not paved.  They graduated to become Marines and brought the American people and the U.S. Marine Corps into a new era. Today many of the Marines who traveled through this groundbreaking period of American and Marine Corps history have contributed their life's successes to the pain, sacrifices, and rewards that were earned at Montford Point.



Museum and Defense Battalions Coin have arrived and are now available

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Contact the Museum Director 

Tikishia C. Smiley


Museum Hours (Now Open)

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Hours of operation

Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 - 5:00

2nd and 4th Saturday 10:00 -3:00

Group Tours by request.

The museum is located on Camp Johnson and requires base access or you  must gain access to the base through the Wilson Gate visitors center. Please call to ensure you meet the base requirements before arriving at the gate.

Base Pass information

POC is Mr. Toney Brown



General Museum information

Tikishia C. Smiley




The Camp Lejeune Visitor Center is located in Bldg. TT-13 adjacent the Wilson Boulevard Gate, just off N.C. Highway 24. The visitor center processes all visitor. Those visitors who have not been pre-vetted can expect longer wait times at the visitor center. Visitors can also arrange for their sponsor to meet them at the visitor center parking lot to be escorted onto the installation under the Trusted Traveler Program.

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.

Phone: (910) 451-7734

Additional numbers: (910) 450-0281 / 0282 / 0283 / 0284 / 0286 / 0287 / 0288

Email: lejeunevisitorcenter@usmc.mil



The Montford Point Museum is currently and constantly seeking material for future displays. We are looking for WW II photographs, diaries, personal and military objects, and other materials that reflect the lives, actions, and memories of the Montford Point Marines.  

If you have artifacts, there are two methods of donation.  The first way is as a permanent gift, and the second way is as a short term or long term loan.  In all cases material will be handled with care, protection, and above all else with respect. Items gathered during these drives will be used by the museum and will be made available to historians, researchers, and the general public for the advancement of historical preservation and awareness.


NMPMA┬« Inc is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.  P.O. Box 711, Quantico, VA 22134.

Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this activity.

Preserving the Legacy of the Montford Point Marine

NMPMA ® is a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Mobile, AL 36640

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