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China Lake Naval Weapons Center

Ridgecrest, CA
+1 760-939-9011
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I have heard this museum is great so we headed there to give it a try. Its on active military base... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
via mobile

This museum of China Lake is excellent! So proud to always take our visitors there. The history and... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Tiffany M
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The largest naval research area in the U.S., 1,200 square miles of desert and mountains, allows a limited number of tours into Little Petroglyph Canyon.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
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Ridgecrest, CA
+1 760-939-9011
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I have heard this museum is great so we headed there to give it a try. Its on active military base so you need to comply with access rules. On gate we have been told we need a base entrance permit, which you will get...More

Thank HungryAndFoolish
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This museum of China Lake is excellent! So proud to always take our visitors there. The history and brains of this place is amazing!

Thank Tiffany M
Reviewed 7 August 2017

As a Canadian citizen, I would normally be stopped at that gate and have no opportunity to see this facility. Fortunately I was at China Lake on business accompanied by an American DoD civilian who could escort me. If you are not American and plan...More

Thank fred_cameron
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I never knew it but here in California engineers were working on the casings for the Hiroshima atom bombs. The last one they made is on display at this museum. I am sure that the trigger mechanism was disabled but just in case don't climb...More

Thank Art C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The museum sits on the china lake naval station in Ridgecrest Caifornia, access to the base is difficult, but if you do manage to get a pass the visit is interesting detailing many different acheivments of the base, lots of displays with interesting write up.

Thank john h
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Although an exceptional museum if a non US citizen you are unable to visit unless permission is granted months in advance. Nice to know our oldest ally is so accommodating.

1  Thank Peter F
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a large, sprawling expanse of desert wasteland; just perfect for military training and testing. The commissary and BX are good for the size of the installation and well stocked.

1  Thank Rick H
Reviewed 16 August 2016

You can not visit the China Lake Naval Weapons Center as it's a military installation. You may be able to visit the China Lake Museum located at the installation.

1  Thank MissDaisy
Reviewed 27 May 2016

I live in Ridgecrest, which is where all the rocket scientists and support staff for China Lake live. Ridgecrest mostly came to be because the government needed a place to design, test, and blow up ordinances out of sight, out of hearing, and out of...More

8  Thank ChinaLake1
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Well worth the hassle to visit, but I wonder why they can not move the museum off of the Naval Weapons property, into town. Would make the background check unnecessary, and create more access for the public.

2  Thank juliethegardener
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Pat S
3 April 2017|
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Response from Peter F | Reviewed this property |
GD, L3 to name but two. There are no doubt many many more plus sub contractors. The museum itself is run by the navy through a dedicated band of volunteers. Great museum just ranging from difficult to near impossible for... More
15 April 2016|
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Response from SNAFU23 | Reviewed this property |
They are located on the military reservation, so you must coordinate through the main museum in town. I don't think there is any other way.