China Lake Museum
The museum is on the China Lake Naval Air Station, near Ridgecrest, California. Getting a pass to visit the museum took about 20 minutes, requiring picture ID, vehicle registration and insurance. The base was built during World War II, to develop secret projects far from prying eyes. The museum concentrates on the rockets and missiles developed here, as well as the history of the base itself. One entire room is devoted to the sidewinder missile and its variants. $5 suggested donation. Outside are displays of Naval Aircraft, not all near the museum itself. Other that the workers in the gift shop, I had the entire museum to myself on a Tuesday afternoon.