National Museum of the Marine Corps

The Marine’s esprit de corps is rooted in history and tradition. The design team was tasked with conveying that history through the eyes of a Marine while appealing to a mostly lay public. To rouse passion and create a rich impression of place and time, a heightened sense of theatricality was layered throughout the program. Lighting was a key component and every detail was painstakingly designed to balance drama and support of curatorial exhibit criteria, with real world maintenance concerns. Throughout the visitor experience, LSI products were the main luminaire of choice. LSI’s robust mechanical design and accommodation to customizing a beam of light (via beam shaping lenses, color filters, glare control devices, mechanical locking in all axes, etc.) translates into a presentation that looks just as good many years down the road as it did on opening day. From immersive environments that thrilled the senses to spaces that encourage thoughtful reflection and memory, the museum is a bigger than life, state-of-the-art visitor experience.

Designer: Christopher Chadbourne & Associates.
Architect: Curtis Worth Fentress
Photo: Jay Rosenblatt

Quantico, VA
United States

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