Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and opens early on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Something that is so small it could fit in the palm of your hand or so big it had to be handled with a forklift; that piece of ammunition was needed to protect or destroy.

Every person who served in the Armed Forces had a sometime or otherwise the responsibility to use the many different types of ammunition or ordnance relative to their duties.

Come and see for yourself all the different types of munitions, at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum (HOM).

An excellent way to celebrate this year’s Armed Forces Day will be to take the time to visit the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum anytime during the day. See the huge display of inert munitions, weapons and artifacts at the museum. The museum will be open Armed Forces Day beginning at 9 a.m. There is NO admission charge to visit.

Hey Dad! This is your chance to climb on top of a huge M-47 Armored Tank, if you have not already done so, and bring your kids or the whole family. Bring your camera to capture this moment. Photos are always welcome while standing next to a real torpedo, a nuclear bomb or missile, one of the many machine guns or mortars, rocket launchers, guided missiles or touching one of the big 16 inch Navy shells.

The museum Gift Shop will be open where you can purchase from our gift items, clothing and other artifacts commemorating the armed forces. An excellent gift for the shop or home is an ammunition box perfect for tools and gadgets.

The museum is located at 925 E Street, across the street from the USO or Convention Center in Hawthorne. The museum is open daily Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Come and enjoy. Thousands of people from all parts of the world have visited us”, stated HOM officials.