The China Lake Museum Foundation Invites You....
... to visit and tour the exciting China Lake Museum of Armament and Technology (CLMF) and learn about the rich air and surface weapon systems development heritage of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, the Navy's premier full-spectrum weapons research, development, and test facility located in the Upper Mojave Desert on board the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California. The Museum is also located aboard the US Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, CA. A large variety of present and past, US Navy aircraft, weapons and technology are available at the Museum for close up viewing and scrutiny. In addition the Museum has a well stocked gift shop with books, videos, clothing and other paraphrenalia relative to the museum's exhibits. Much of the weapon development heritage of the China Lake facility--past, present, and future--is unique and irreplaceable, and has been nationally recognized as a critical resource that has provided advanced weapon system development and support for maintaining the United States' unsurpassed military strength from World War II to the present. Since its beginning in 1943, China Lake has accomplished a long list of technical "firsts" in its laboratories and on its test ranges. The history of the China Lake military mission is unique indeed. The Museum preserves and displays many unique achievements in naval air and surface armament and technology. Entrance into the Museum is free. Come visit us!!
During your visit to the China Lake Museum you can take advantage of a visit to the local Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, and/or take a short car trip to see the magnificent Death Valley National Park. The Maturango Museum is an important educational and cultural resource that provides exhibit galleries which feature the natural and cultural history of the Upper Mojave Desert. In addition, the Maturango Museum sponsors many programs and tours, including tours to the world-famous Coso petroglyphs originally created by the ancient indigenous peoples. Maturango Museum is an information center for Death Valley National Park and the Northern Mojave Desert. The beauty of the indigenous plant and wildlife, the mountains, and the minerals of the Upper Mojave Desert can be viewed in this Upper Mojave Picture Gallery. A map of area provides the relative geographical location of China Lake in Southern California.
- Monday through Saturday
- 10 AM to 4 PM
- Closed Sundays and major holidays
- Guest passes allowing entrance to NAWS China Lake are available for visiting the museum.
- Contact us at (760) 939-3530 for more information.
In addition, the China Lake Museum Foundation encourages you to join us and become involved in the support, operation, and expansion of this unique Navy museum and help preserve the history of the "Grand Experiment at China Lake" for today and for the generations to come. The story of China Lake is told in detail in the book "Arming The Fleet" which is available at the Museum Store. The Museum is self-supporting, i.e., it receives no operation funds from the US Government, and it critically depends on monetary donations from the public, and the continued, highly necessary, efforts of volunteers to function and operate. If you philosophically support the Museum's mission and purpose, particularly if you have been involved in direct support of China Lake weapons systems currently or in the past, please consider becoming a member, a volunteer, and/or giving a monthly or annual monetary donation by check or PayPal. Several levels of membership are available.
For several years the Museum Foundation has been conducting a building fund in order to finance the construction a new musuem building in Ridgecrest, outside the China Lake facility property, which will allow easier visitor access to the museum. An artist's rendition of the current plan for the new building can be viewed here. If you are interested in participating in, or contributing to, the building fund or museum's Annual Dinner-Auction fund raising evert, please contact the museum.
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CLMF Website last updated on: October 23, 2014
The China Lake Museum Foundation is currently in conversation with the property owners of the Springhill Suites to look at purchasing the Marriott professional building on China Lake Boulevard. We believe this building and adjacent lot represent the best opportunity we may ever have to establish a Museum in the City of Ridgecrest and we are seeking your financial support to make this a reality.
We are offering tours of the building to anyone who calls and is interested. The tour takes 20 minutes of your time and provides you with the insight regarding our enthusiasm about this opportunity and provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions. We will also be opening up the building for viewing, just prior to our Members meeting on October 28, between 5 and 5:45pm. We will also be advertising other viewing opportunities. Join the "Founders Club" and help make the China Lake Museum a reality! Contact John Freeman, Building Fundraising Director, CLMF (760) 382-7776 now!
The Foundation held its fun-filled 15th Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest, CA. Check out the 2014 Auction Flyer and view pictures of the 2014 event on the links below. Be sure to mark your calendar now for the May 30, 2015 event.
An exciting new addition to the Museum fundraising efforts is the Museum's sale of engraved bricks. Each purchased brick will be proudly displayed at the Museum with your engraved message. Support the future of the museum and order your personalized brick now!!