General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, Chiriaco Summit

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/48km east of Indio. It is 1000 feet west of the Chiriaco Summit Airport.
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  • We were camping in Joshua Tree NP and needed to get gas at Chiraco Summit and decided to go see this musuem. Totally fun and worth the stop.  more »
  • This museum, and the whole Chiriaco Summit experience is a real surprise, and just the break needed on the drive on I-10 to/from LA from/to the Colorado River and points East. Chiraco Summit includes:...  more »
  • Little stop off of interstate 10. Great place to get out and stretch your legs and learn about some local history that happened not that long ago. Kids as well as adults will love it.
  • If u haven't been in two years, it's incredibly enlarged and totally reorganized and expanded with so much more inside than you can imagine! A must-see!

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