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China Lake Naval Weapons Center

Address: Ridgecrest, CA
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Ranked #3 of 4 Attractions in Ridgecrest
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Deserts, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The largest naval research area in the U.S., 1,200 square miles of desert and mountains, allows a...
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Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Deserts, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There is nothing here for people that have no business being here. It is a high security facility where they test weapons. Stay away for your own safety. plenty of lead and metal fragments flying

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Ridgecrest, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The museum is a vast history of weapons with a wide variety of missile"s on display. they show a Video of some explosives and have a gift shop with really reasonable T shirts for everyone. A definite must see!

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Fort Walton Beach
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Disliked the wind and the dust. The main gate entrance is being worked on and is confusing when given directions going through that gate. Everyone I met was very nice and helpful giving directions.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We got there early on a Monday to access the museum. We did not see on the website (& not told in our phone conversation) that my wife and I would need a security check that would take up to two hours before we could enter the museum. After waiting 21/2 hours we overhear that the "system is down". They... More 

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Inyokern, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I'm a tour guide at the China Lake Museum, aka U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and Technology, which is one of the best "things to do" at China Lake, so I spend a lot of time there. Our visitors are continually amazed at this Museum and the history of China Lake's role in keeping the world free since WWII by... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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565 reviews 565 reviews
267 attraction reviews
308 helpful votes 308 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife found this actually rather horrific, as she thought about what all these weapons have done, are doing, and will continue to do. I found myself just admiring the ingenuity of the engineers who designed them, and the factories who produced them. As the son of a navy man, I have always been fascinated by warships and their weaponry.... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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218 reviews 218 reviews
13 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Thanks to security you need some affiliation to get in to the on-base museum. They have plans to move the museum outside the gates and are raising money for that.

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Portland, Oregon
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111 reviews 111 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The museum hours seem to be somewhat sporadic, but I managed a short visit. Pretty interesting and a good amount of historical background on the site. However with heightened security concerns, you can only visit if you have legitimate business on-base so I wouldn't count on this as a publicly accessible museum.

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Ridgecrest, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Museum is fantastic. The history of the place goes back to its founding in the 1940's when weapons were being developed for the war. There was nothing here then and people were really dedicated to developing new weapons. Innovation is the name of the game. There are many videos throughout the museum explaining some of the exhibits that are... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You need to have a sponsor on board the base and be a US Citizen, sorry green card holders and other non-citizens are not allowed in. The main thing to see is the China Lake Weapons Museum. Highly recommended as you will learn the history of China Lakes's contribution to defense of the US and the advancement of missile and... More 

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