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“Your only chance to stand next to a nuclear bomb”

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 13 July 2017

I never knew it but here in California engineers were working on the casings for the Hiroshima atom bombs. The last one they made is on display at this museum. I am sure that the trigger mechanism was disabled but just in case don't climb on it to pose for pictures please.

Thank Art C
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The museum sits on the china lake naval station in Ridgecrest Caifornia, access to the base is difficult, but if you do manage to get a pass the visit is interesting detailing many different acheivments of the base, lots of displays with interesting write up.

Thank john h
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Although an exceptional museum if a non US citizen you are unable to visit unless permission is granted months in advance. Nice to know our oldest ally is so accommodating.

1  Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a large, sprawling expanse of desert wasteland; just perfect for military training and testing. The commissary and BX are good for the size of the installation and well stocked.

1  Thank Rick H
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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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