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U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

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China Lake Naval Museum moved to 130 E Las Flores, Ridgecrest CA 93555

Due to the move of the China Lake Museum into nearby Ridgecrest, the Base Museum is closed except... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
alicerbob
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Inyokern, CA
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The things that made China Lake famous

When we arrived Hugh, a volunteer, was on the desk. Hugh really made our visit special. He worked... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2017
fred_cameron
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Comox, Canada
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The museum showcases Tomahawk missiles and weaponry from World War II to cutting edge that was designed and tested at the naval center.
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1 Pearl Harbor Dr, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, CA 93555-2803
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Due to the move of the China Lake Museum into nearby Ridgecrest, the Base Museum is closed except for tours. Tour the new “Phase 1” Museum at 130 E Las Flores, zip 93555 and ask about a Base Museum tour, the possibly lengthy time to...More

Thank alicerbob
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

When we arrived Hugh, a volunteer, was on the desk. Hugh really made our visit special. He worked most of his career at China Lake, mainly on Sidewinder (AIM-9), a project that made its reputation for China Lake. Hugh spent a lot of time with...More

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Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

As retirees we have the privilege of using military RV parks across the country and as we drove into Sierra Vista RV Park we saw the museum and knew we needed to visit. The museum was a treasure trove of the history of the defense...More

Thank cdenoi
Reviewed February 27, 2017

Museum is currently open Monday - Saturday 10AM -4PM .New building under construction will not affect current hours in old Officers Club at 1 Pearl Harbor Way. Best time to arrive at Pass & ID office 10am -11AM Tuesday thru Friday for short wait time...More

1  Thank deserttraveler2017
Reviewed February 13, 2017

The museum is in the process of being moved off base and into town. This will alleviate any access problems and long waits for background checks! The current museum now will not allow any non US Citizens on base. There has been an increase in...More

Thank desertdweller13
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Before getting onto the base you need to go through a background process to get a day pass. Once the new facility opens off base this will not be necessary but in the meantime all adults in group have to go through this process. It...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed November 18, 2016

The Navy created this research base in the 1940's. The sidewinder missile is the main feature to the museum, along with other rocket technology, since China Lake NAWC created it.American and foreign armed services come to research and test here.Those who are interested in military...More

Thank Charles N
Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

China Lake Museum is MOVING off the base. The ground breaking for construction of the Museum will be October 14, 2016. The site will be East of the Maturango Museum. There will no longer be a need for access to the base to see all...More

Thank sunnydii
Reviewed June 15, 2016

The only one of it's kind, located on the base, with all of the weapons developed at China Lake. Great for those interested in defense of our country.

Thank KtMcG2014
Reviewed February 1, 2016

Really awesome technical experience. Really interesting to see the advancements Lots of displays in the bomb advancement and accuracy. Totally fascinating when you think that what you are seeing is declassified.

Thank Sherry C
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Due to the move of the China Lake Museum into nearby Ridgecrest, the Base Museum is closed except for tours. Tour the new “Phase 1” Museum at 130 E Las Flores, zip 93555 and ask about a Base Museum tour, the possibly... More
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