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Fort McArthur Military Museum

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Address: 3601 S Gaffey St, Los Angeles, CA 90731-6969
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+1 310-548-2631
12:00 - 17:00
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Tue 12:00 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

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Made the drive over after visiting the Drum Barracks and ended up spending the afternoon walking around the museum and surrounding area. Wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Fullerton, California
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Fullerton, California
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100 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Made the drive over after visiting the Drum Barracks and ended up spending the afternoon walking around the museum and surrounding area. Wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking and most of it is not paved but dirt and grass. Be sure to check out the K9 cemetery on the grounds and near by Korean Friendship Bell.

Thank Andre2411
College Station, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Good museum for a quick stop or a longer stay. The museum staff and volunteers are friendly and passionate about the history of Fort MacArthur. Walk through everything and ask question for the best experience.

Thank LSMullins
Spring Valley, California
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58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Since I like old military historical places, this is right up my alley. I have been coming here for many years. It's nice to walk around and put yourself back in time when this was a functioning military base. Quiet a few movies have been filmed there. I hope one day the museum can acquire the gun for its show... More 

Thank esethebomb
North Carolina
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282 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Spend the time reading the fine print. Did you know that a ship was actually sunk off our coast by a sub before Peal harbor? Check out how they defended our west coast to keep us out of the war.

Thank fmattship
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

So our destination was the Korean Bell next door, when I was looking at google maps and spotted Fort McArthur from the satellite view. It turns out it was closed for the day. There was a man working we talked to for a while about the fort. He was so nice and let us look around for a while. Everything... More 

1 Thank Conrad68
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 620 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Who knew? Not too many back in the WWII days when West coast harbor defenses were guarded secrets, but Ft. McArthur's coastal artillery defense gun batteries are still here. Open only 12pm - 4-5pm on, I believe, Tues, Thurs & Saturday (better Google it) and well worth a trip to visit, for all ages. Nice small museum detailing the WWII... More 

Thank David B L
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

My kids had a great time walking through this small yet amazing museum. The views from the top of the battery are great.

1 Thank Juan V
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

By visiting the Fort MacArthur Museum with my wife, two fellow former Army musicians and a new Marine friend, I was able to experience a wonderful look into California military history. I was able to connect with a former Ft. MacArthur Army band member, and gain a couple of new veteran friends. I was a trumpet player in the 72nd... More 

2 Thank tglaffey
Lomita, California
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2015

This is a small military museun that is located in an actual coastal gun placement to protect the LA coast and harbor. The museum has some great displays covering little known WW II events off of the Southern Calif. Coast and the great LA Air Raid. If you come the second weekend of July for the Old Fort Mac days... More 

Thank 707clayg
Buena Park, California
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Found this completely by accident after a trip to USS Iowa and was completely amazed. Walking the grounds of the old military coastal defense base the was once here and seeing the spots of the gig 16 inch cannons that were here guarding our shores. Exploring the underground magazines where the big 16 inch shells were stored and moved was... More 

2 Thank Michael S

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