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General George S. Patton Memorial Museum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Out of the Way, but Next to I-10 if Passing By.

This museum is far from a major population center, but a few hundred feet off I-10. If you are... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
Kenneth L
Los Angeles, California
Good Stopping in point off I-10 for the whole family, Chiriaco Summit, CA 92201

The General George S. Patton Memorial and Museum is worth a visit. Start your visit with the... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
Orange County
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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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2 Chiriaco Summit Road, Chiriaco Summit, CA 92201
+1 760-227-3483
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 October 2016

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...More

5  Thank NYU62
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

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...More

5  Thank Julianne_40
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it is out of the way from the star of the area, Palm Springs. However, it's just an hour east on the 10 and a nice diversion. I was already well steeped in History, having seen the excellent Palm Springs Air Museum. I saw...More

Thank mikecarp
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This is in the middle of nowhere. I stopped after a driving event at chuckwalla raceway. Certainly stop if you’re driving by...wouldn’t bother unless you’re a tank enthusiast or a Patton fan. I found the history inside far more interesting than the tanks and other...More

Thank Summerasalifestyle
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We only had about 40 minutes to visit this museum,(they close at 4:30) could have easily spent another hour there. So MUCH to read and see, be sure to take the time to walk around all of the tanks outside. Frank was the museums guide,...More

Thank vickiwildtree
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Excellent collection of artifacts from 20th-century conflicts and information about the unprecedented training facilities and maneuvers that prepared our troops for WWII. Take a few minutes out of your travels to appreciate this small museum that goes into great detail about what it was like...More

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 16 June 2018

This is a small museum dedicated to the history of General Patton and his experience here at the Desert Training Center, which was once 18,000 square miles! There is a historic map used by the Metropolitan Water District in the 1920's, for congressional hearings to...More

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 30 May 2018

This museum is far from a major population center, but a few hundred feet off I-10. If you are heading east or west along this highway, it is easy to stop by for an hour or two. It is also about ten miles from the...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Not the most impressive place to visit (am an army man myself) but fine that Patton is remembered. For that reason worth a visit.

Thank 269jacob
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We visited the museum while in Palm Springs. It was an interesting stop if you are a history fan. We learned a fair bit about General Patton and why the museum is located here. If you have a bit of time to spend, stop in...More

Thank ngg999
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Will we ever again have leaders like General George S. Patton? In this desolate area he trained raw recruits for desert duty in Africa against Rommel's troops in WWII. What an inhospitable area! Museum had great topo map of areal Lots of cases/shelving containing troop...More

1  Thank mungie2014
Reviewed 25 February 2018

The General George S. Patton Memorial and Museum is worth a visit. Start your visit with the introductory film. The indoors area is the history of the General Pattton the Desert Military training grounds during World War II. Very interesting exhibits. Outside is the military...More

1  Thank lovetotravel92630
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Tim S
1 June 2018|
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Response from Kenneth L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it depends on your interest level, we spent about an hour and a half. We went a few months ago and it is changing, so there might be more to see when you go. We went in February, it would probably be hotter when you go... More
Grant K
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Response from Noel E | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to enter; however, if you're a veteran its free.