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U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology

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Address: 1 Pearl Harbor Dr, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, CA 93555-2803
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The museum showcases Tomahawk missiles and weaponry from World War II to...

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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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... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2017
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Ridgecrest, California
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Ridgecrest, California
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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 to get day pass for base access. Call ahead and request Docent guided tour if... More 

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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 the security procedures and all foreigners are not allowed on base. The new build is... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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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 takes at least a half hour so plan your time accordingly. Building to obtain pass... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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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 tech should visit here.

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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 the accomplishments of the Navy committed to the welfare of our fighting men & women.... More 

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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.

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Ridgecrest, United States
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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.

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Reviewed October 13, 2015

The China Lake Museum of Armament & Technology is a National Treasure. The history of the “Secret City” commissioned in 1943 provided the beginning of the next generation of rockets for surface-to-surface and air-to-air combat. The Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps weapons for defense of this Nation and our Allies are researched, developed, tested, and evaluated at China... More 

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Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you never understood why weapons cost so much this museum will end the mystery. It takes you through the history of many great weapons systems from before the atom bomb to today's smart weapons. Well laid out incredible history and fantastic Donets many of whom were actively involved in development. Give yourself some time to get on base as... More 

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Reviewed June 18, 2015

The history of this area is not well known. The Navy set up this base in the '40's for developing weapon systems for warfare. So many creative people came together to collaborate on these systems and missiles. The scientists would get together in their garages and work out problems so it was a very wild time for their inventions to... More 

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