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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  • I remember of my father who liked General George S. Patton because he was a hero. We saw a lot of tanks and all about General George S. Patton. Outside the museum was his portrait. His tank was...  more »
  • I have passed this place dozens of times, always thought of stopping. Today was my chance. If you are a military history fan, especially WWII, this is worth stopping. The inside exhibits are well...  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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