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

China Lake Naval Weapons Center
Ranked #4 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.

2  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 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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