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China Lake Naval Weapons Center

Ridgecrest, CA
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Ranked #3 of 4 attractions in Ridgecrest
Type: Deserts, Military Bases/ Facilities
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... more » 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. « less
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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520 reviews 520 reviews
244 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 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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Atascadero, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is not an attraction, but simply the best place to stay, if you are authorized on military bases. TripAdvisor….. This lodging facility needs a ten star rating; a five is not justice enough! We made the Space A reservation a month in advance, the professional receptionist, who greeted me on the phone; welcomed me, was extremely helpful, and more... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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210 reviews 210 reviews
10 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Ridgecrest, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great food at Paradise Cafe. Anything you order wil be good. Don't for get The Flying Bean Coffee very good place to enjoy coffee

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Taylorsville, Utah
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17 reviews 17 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Sometimes truckers are just left to sit there and wait. Not these guys, they unloaded and reloaded us in no time at all.

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