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“You can not visit the China Lake Naval Weapons Center”

China Lake Naval Weapons Center
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Ridgecrest
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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.
Reviewed 17 August 2016

You can not visit the China Lake Naval Weapons Center as it's a military installation. You may be able to visit the China Lake Museum located at the installation.

1  Thank MissDaisy
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

I live in Ridgecrest, which is where all the rocket scientists and support staff for China Lake live. Ridgecrest mostly came to be because the government needed a place to design, test, and blow up ordinances out of sight, out of hearing, and out of mind. The Mojave Desert is big and to most outsiders, empty. If you can say Sidewinder, and Tomahawk, and bunker busters, "drone", you know this is the real thing. And God only knows what these crazy engineers and physicists are coming up with now. The Museum is not large. It is hard to get to because it is on base. To fellow reviewers and potential visitors, the Museum would like to be off base, and are raising funds for a building in Ridgecrest, but they have a big vision, and not yet enough money. Meanwhile, if you care about mundane things like the national defense, then China Lake has played a vital part in safeguarding our freedoms and safety as both individuals and as a country. The Museum will impress you with what a few crazy, dedicated scientists can pull off in the middle of nowhere. There is also a nice small golf course on base, and it has a cool little café. Drop in. It's worth the hassle and is a unique stop in your world travels.

8  Thank ChinaLake1
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Well worth the hassle to visit, but I wonder why they can not move the museum off of the Naval Weapons property, into town. Would make the background check unnecessary, and create more access for the public.

2  Thank juliethegardener
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

This museum offers the visitor a great deal of information on the accomplishments and development of weapons technology here at China Lake. This little gem of the desert loaded with photos, video and static displays. If you have an interest in weapons development, this museum is bursting with information and there are kindly volunteers on duty to assist you.
Make time for a walk around the aircraft located on site and a trip to the small but nice gift shop.

Thank Laura D
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

China Lake NAWS is an amazing place to visit, important mission. The Navy s well kept secret. Don't miss the opportunity to visit.

Thank vrbrick
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