General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, Chiriaco Summit

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The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, in Chiriaco Summit, California, is a museum erected in tribute to General George S. Patton on the site of the entrance of Camp Young, part of the Desert Training Center of World War II.
Exhibits include a large collection of tanks used in World War II and the Korean War, as well as memorabilia from Patton's life and career – especially in regard to his service at the Desert Training Center – and from soldiers who trained there. Development of the Colorado River Aqueduct and natural-science exhibits are displayed as well. In addition, a 26-minute video is shown, detailing Patton's military service and the creation of the Desert Training Center.

Though Patton spent less than four months at the Desert Training Center, his establishment of the training grounds directly impacted more than one million troops.
The museum is at the Chiriaco Summit exit of Interstate 10, 30 miles/48 km east of Indio. It is 1000 feet west of the Chiriaco Summit Airport.

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  • If you are traveling past this museum on I-10 it’s a great place to make a stop. The location of this museum makes sense once you tour the museum. Lots of interesting items to see but not too much...  more »
  • They are open with masks required at this time. Have not been here for over 3 years and the Museum has changed for the better. Small entrance fee to go inside and see displays with information...  more »
  • First, I want to thank the staff of the General Patton Memorial Museum for adding to what proved to be a fantastic experience. My only regret is that I must return as I did not have enough time to enjoy everything that is offered and displayed. The new wing and the motor pool building as well as the new layout for the yard look spectacular. I cannot wait to return and we'll be doing so very soon. This is a wonderful Museum that has been aligned and crafted, I felt, by people that obviously care.
  • Fantastic! Accidentally stopped here because I needed to use the restroom at the gas station, and had to stop in once I saw the tanks outside. What a fantastic museum!! Definitely don’t hesitate to pay admission, they have great memorabilia especially if you’re a fan of military firearms. Wish they were open later in the summer, you can spend a lot of time there.

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