General George S. Patton Memorial Museum

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, Chiriaco Summit

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Honoring General Patton's life and legacy, the Patton Memorial Museum pays particular attention to the general's command in the California Desert Training Center.
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,292 contributions
Apr 2021
They are open with masks required at this time. Have not been here for over 3 years and the Museum has changed for the better. Small entrance fee to go inside and see displays with information about the General and other areas.

Outside there are vehicles to see and a semi-chapel. Much has changed and hopefully will not be forgotten .
Written April 6, 2021
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Stephanie P
Laurel, MS128 contributions
May 2021 • Family
If you are traveling past this museum on I-10 it’s a great place to make a stop. The location of this museum makes sense once you tour the museum. Lots of interesting items to see but not too much for a short stop. History is so important to understand and this museum gives a Reader’s Digest snapshot of WWII plus some other wars. It was a nice surprise and break on our drive.
Written May 13, 2021
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Stephanie-L1111
Queen Creek, AZ194 contributions
Mar 2020
I have passed this place dozens of times, always thought of stopping. Today was my chance. If you are a military history fan, especially WWII, this is worth stopping. The inside exhibits are well laid out, and cover a lot. The outside does need some work. We spent 2 hours, could have spent more. I may stop again in the future.
Written March 8, 2020
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FellowTraveler794627
11 contributions
Oct 2020
After an hour drive I found the tank building and outdoor exhibit open but the museum was CLOSED. The website says open seven days a week, but there is no mention of the actual museum being closed or any mention of COVID. They even still have group tour info. For a closed museum? I was there less than 10 minutes.
Written November 2, 2020
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,116 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Stopped on way back home. Lots of tanks visible from the outside. But you can go into the large tank hanger and walk around the outside area. $6 per person. Well worth it. Lots of interesting pieces of armor to see.
Written January 15, 2021
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ15,556 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We've driven by here countless times, but never had the time to stop, as we wanted to be in LA before dark. This time, we were staying in Palm Desert for one night, and had a chance to visit. Our local PBS TV Channel shows movies (they call it "Hollywood at Home") every Saturday night, and right before our trip, they showed the movie "Patton". We watched it, and thus, this Museum became even more interesting.

We had often wondered why it was in the middle of nowhere, but once we were inside, we discovered that this area was the United States Army Desert Training Center, established by General George S. Patton during WW II. The Museum honors the service and sacrifice of America's Veterans.

The Museum is quite small, but there is much to see, and one can either do a walk through, or inspect every artifact they have on display. We were there longer than we had expected to be. Outside, there are tanks from WWII through Vietnam, and Remembrance Walls for the various conflicts during that time. There are books for sale, mainly about General Patton. Entrance is by donation, and those donations are really badly needed, as one can see that they truly depend on them. Obviously, no funding is available for upkeep and improvements. The Museum is not run down, or anything like that, but they could use an infusion of money.

There is nothing "fun" here, as wars are a sobering experience. Surprised at the reviews of some previous reviewers.
Written October 13, 2016
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Julianne_40
Northern Virginia1 contribution
There are thousands of artifacts exhibited which are an invaluable part of our World War II history. Yet these artifacts can't give you a full sense of appreciation unless you experience the context in which those artifacts once endured in: the searing heat of the southern Mojave, which read 114 degrees when I visited. I have to admit I chuckled when I overheard another visitor grumble, "Why stick a museum in a place no one wants to come? This place is hell". Yet this is what makes the museum so inspirational, since Patton chose this "hell" to train his men in. This "hell" is partly what Patton owed successes like his North Africa campaign to.

Historians would agree that Patton was born into a socioeconomic life in San Marino, California which would've enabled him to do just about anything -- or nothing, if he chose. However, many Americans will always be grateful that Patton chose the path he chose.

Indio's Patton Museum and its historic grounds are important to our nation's heritage. The museum facility is modern, attractive, and well-maintained, yet more funding appears necessary for the proper preservation & exhibition of the thousands of donated artifacts. The museum appears to mitigate damage from heat, humidity, light, insect, etc. exposure, yet there are indoor exhibits on the ground with sheets of clear plastic over it to mitigate damage. These artifacts deserve curio cabinets, but museum equipment, contract conservators, museum exhibition furniture (e.g., curios), etc. aren't free. Museums here in D.C. such as the Smithsonian enjoy a funding & gift shop and restaurant sales that is an unimaginable luxury to many small museums struggling to preserve parts of this nations heritage. All this having been said, I believe that the Patton Museum is worth the stop. Just don't expect interactive exhibits, exhibit labels written by curators, or any of the bells and whistles you would see in the Smithsonian or many National Park Museums.

Regarding the staff, they happily greeted visitors and a few seemed to genuinely care about visitors thoughts about exhibits. There was a woman who appeared to be in her 50s who made it clear that being there was "just another job" to her, as she loudly sighed when visitors asked her questions or a couple came in 25 minutes before closing time. At ten minutes before closing time, she began shutting off the light as she told younger employees that she hoped people would get the hint that it was time for her to go home. Of course, one bad example doesn't typify the whole, right? And history lovers aren't going to base their museum visit on one unprofessional employee, but on the chance to more comprehensively experience history through the exhibits and or historic sites, right? Hopefully she'll get wind of this and take the gravel-tone down a few octaves, put on a happy face, and understand that being a steward of history is an important job.
Written September 11, 2010
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richard p
Naples, FL314 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
If you like history on our wars they have many displays from World War1 to the present. Some tanks and trucks outside. The cost is $5 per person, with discounts for over 62, military, and students. We watched the 26 minute video of Patton during the war. Total time there was maybe 1hr 30 min. About 45 min from the Palm Springs area.
Written April 9, 2015
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holt1001
Klamath Falls, OR531 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
This museum is well worth spending about an hour at if you are in the area. It is at an Interstate exit so it is very convenient to stop at. The museum has an indoor and outdoor display. The outdoor exhibit is a great place to see military vehicles, mostly tanks, from WWII onward. The indoor display opens with a huge 3D map map that shows landform of the Desert Training Center stretching from the San Diego coast up to Las Vegas and east to central Arizona. It is a spectacular high detail construction from 1920's. The indoor museum continues to include Patton era military hardware and an interesting video on Patton's accomplishments and vision that contributed to the success of USA in the North African desert warfare of WWII.
Written October 12, 2014
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Steve Lewis
Lausanne, Switzerland945 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
The museum is split into 2 folds
- the inside displays collection of items used during WW2
- the outside is a playground filled with tanks

The outside is really the amazing thing to visit. You can even enter a tank
Written December 26, 2018
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General George S. Patton Memorial Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM