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 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 development and 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.

The Museum has recently been presented with an excellent opportunity to purchase a building in Ridgecrest in which to house the Museum. The building will provide more space than the current Museum building and will be more easily accessed by the public. The CLMF is currently conducting a fundraising effort to provide the necessary funds to purchase the building. If you are interested in donating funds toward this effort, see the info provided in the right hand sidebar on this page.

For the most up to date information on Museum events, join us on the CLMF Facebook Page

CLMF Website last updated on: August 14, 2015


The Foundation held its fun-filled 15th Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest, CA. It was a great success. Check out the 2015 Auction Flyer and view pictures of the 2014 event on the links below. Be sure to mark your calendar now for the late May 2016 dinner auction event.

2015 Dinner-Auction Flyer 2014 Dinner-Auction Pix

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!!

Note: The China Lake Museum Foundation is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit public corporation organized for educational purposes. The Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The pertinent business documents relative to the Foundation's organization and tax status are available for viewing. Additional CLMF documents (Forms 990, yearly audits, et cetera) can be obtained from the CLMF Business Office.

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