Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Sunday: Closed

Closed all Major Holidays

Contact

Phone: (760) 939-3530
Fax: (760) 939-0564
email: chinalakemuseum@mediacombb.net

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

China Lake Museum Foundation
1 Pearl Harbor Way (East End of Blandy Ave)
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Mailing Address

China Lake Museum Foundation
P.O. Box 217
Ridgecrest, CA 93556-0217

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Base Access

Because the Museum is located on a highly classified US Navy base, it can, unfortunately, currently take up to 2 hours to get clearance for access to the Museum, but it is well worth the wait. Please go to the Visitor Center at the entrance of the base. You will need a drivers license and proof of car insurance to gain access to the base.

Driving Directions

The Museum is located on the property of the US Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake in Southeastern California in the Upper Mojave Desert ten miles east of the junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 14.

From the North

If arriving while driving north on US 395 from San Bernardino, or south on US 395 from Lone Pine, or north on Hwy 14 from Lancaster, turn east on Hwy 178 (also known as Inyokern Road) and drive east 10 miles to the stoplight at the intersection of Inyokern Road with China Lake Blvd. Continue east on Inyokern Road into the guard gate of the Naval Air Weapons Station and request directions to the Visitor Center to obtain passes and driving directions to the Museum. 

FROM THE west

If arriving while driving west from Trona or Death Valley, continue through town to the stoplight at China Lake Blvd and turn right (north) and drive 2 miles north on China Lake Blvd to the stoplight at the intersection of China Lake Blvd and Inyokern Road. Turn right (east) on Inyokern Road into the guard gate of the Naval Air Weapons Station and request directions to the Visitor Center to obtain passes and driving directions to the Museum. 

base Visitors center

You may also go directly to the entrance of the Visitor Center and Pass Desk which is located on the east side of China Lake Blvd just south of the Inyokern Road and China Lake Blvd intersection. The Visitors Center is open from 6 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday (Closed Flex Fridays). When the Visitor Center is closed, it is usually possible to get a pass from the guard at the guard gate. You will need a picture ID for each individual and proof of car insurance.

gOOGLE

Set your destination as "NAWS China Lake Navy Base" in google use the "Get Directions" to the museum.

Base map

Once you are on base use this map to get from the gate to the museum