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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Open today: 09:00 - 16:30
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Informative tour

We learned so much we didn’t know about the Port Chicago disaster during World War II. You must... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
Bill S
Huge amount of history in your own backyard.

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
Concord, California
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11 Mar 2018
“Informative tour”
21 Jan 2018
“Huge amount of history in your own backyard.”
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We learned so much we didn’t know about the Port Chicago disaster during World War II. You must pre-register for the guided ranger tour. It was excellent.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Bill S
Reviewed 21 January 2018

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to clear, but after that everything was a breeze. Take your camera, so much to see. The van ride from Martinez was a little awkward because we were...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

This is a place I knew NOTHING about but my son wanted to go. It turned out to be very interesting. The ranger we had was NOT as good as many I have come across in the park service, but he answered most questions

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank ct782
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Port Chicago is another example of a quality NPS site made special by a caring, passionate ranger. Ranger Stephanie provided context for what could have been a simple stop, picture, leave, site. The reservation process was simple and accessing the base via John Muir NHS...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Memorial last year on the day of the annual commemoration of the explosion that killed the crews of the ships being loaded and all of the dock workers present. It was a moving ceremony for military and civilians...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank William D
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This memorial is a hard to reach location. It requires a ride there by the park rangers, You have to make an appointment first then arrive at the guard house to meet the ranger who will drive you to the spot. Back in 1944 2...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank larbac67
Reviewed 30 August 2015

The Port Chicago ammunition disaster remains an almost hidden part of World War II history. The munitions explosion killed 300+ Naval and civilian personnel, mostly African-American. Although it is a bit cumbersome to get on a tour (I will explain later) to the Port Chicago...More

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank N_skier
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Actually, the place is semi closed, but you can still see the old ammo bunkers from Highway 4. Wonder if anything still in them all closed off US Gov't property

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank fghopkins
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Getting out here takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it. You meet a shuttle bus and Park Ranger at the gate and confirm your clearance. You then drive with the Ranger through MOTCO (Military Ocean Terminal Concord), which is an active base. The...More

Date of experience: March 2013
Thank Nate G
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We tried several times to visit the memorial but each time the U.S. Army cancelled the planned visit. We got smart on our fourth try and decided to schedule our visit (you must schedule weeks in advance) for the 69th Annual Commemoration. We finally made...More

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank Marietta P
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