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Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center
Ranked #6 of 52 things to do in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are the Museum Activity and Heritage Center for the United States Army Yuma Proving Ground. The most common comment we hear from our guests is that they had no idea. They had no idea such a nice museum was out here and they had no idea how much the Yuma Proving Ground has done over the years. We are located in Building 2 on the Colonel George Howard Cantonment area within YPG. This is a 14,000 square foot facility that covers our history from General George Patton's WWII training area known as the Desert Training Center to the present. Located in the former Post Headquarters building, we have fourteen exhibit galleries with a wide variety of information presented in many different formats. A small theater shows a 27 minute film about YPG and two of our galleries are commemorations of 9-11 and the 50th Commemoration of the War in Vietnam. There are security requirements to get on post, so stop by the visitor control center on Imperial Dam Road before coming on post. They will want to see your Drivers License, the Registration for your vehicle along with proof of insurance. If you visit on a Friday, the VSS is closes, so have the Security guard at the Howard Access Control Point check these items and issue your visitor pass. There are places to eat here as well. I look forward to seeing you out here.
Reviewed 14 September 2013

For its mere size you really cant expect much from the outside looking in, however once inside and the you look around there is plenty to see. A lot of history and significant facts about how things became the way they are today. I was a good trip, however I would recommend going during the cool months.

3  Thank Gregory B
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We were visiting as guests of our son, who works there, otherwise we would never have known about this museum.

The exhibits were good, but what topped it off was the helpful information provided by our guide. For example, the list of technologies that were developed at the Yuma Proving Grounds was far more extensive than we had supposed. GPS navigation, for example, now fitted as standard in many new cars today.

YPG is a good example of government money well spent.

2  Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This museum is on Main Post at Yuma Proving Ground, so you will have to go through the security check at the gate. Have proof of insurance and registration for the car, and your driver's license/i.d. and you won't have a problem. The guard will tell you where to go. This museum is well worth the trip and hassle, small amount that there is. It is in what used to be the Post Commander's HQ when that was still on Post. There are several rooms, including the main office, which are used for displays. I loved the Post Commander's office; it has been kept as it was in the 50's with a few ingenious tricks- do not miss the map display! If you have any interest in any of the wars the United States has been in, you will love this place! There are one or two restaurants on Post- ask the guard at the gate about them. There is also a good 'convenience' store right next to the gate. Just keep in mind that this is an active Army base.

7  Thank LorieBYuma
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