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... 
    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... 
    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 »
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  • September 10, 2020. Looking forward to when this reopens.
  • This was a fun little diversion. I have travelled the I10 many times and this was a welcomed stop. We found a geocache on the opposite side of the road where the original desert camps were located. The museum was packed with plenty memorabilia of the General along with all kinds of military surplus from his time and current. Thanks for the great museum. Stop in to see all General Patton did to help secure our freedom.

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