• Port Chicago Naval Magazine. Design: Luther Bailey

    Port Chicago Naval Magazine

    National Memorial California

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    Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM is closed to the public by the US Army from June 22, 2014 until September 18, 2014. There are no tours available to the memorial during this time.


Reservations are required to visit the Memorial. All visitors are shuttled to the Memorial on National Park Service vehicles from the John Muir NHS (4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA).

Car: From San Francisco, take Interstate 80 (Bay Bridge) to Hwy 4 East...from Berkeley & Oakland, take Interstate 80 West to Hwy 4 East...from San Jose or Walnut Creek, take Interstate 680 north to Hwy 4 West. Exit at the Alhambra Ave. exit and come to the John Muir National Historic Site (4202 Alhambra Ave.) in Martinez, CA.

Airports: Accessible from Oakland International Airport, approx. 45 minutes; San Francisco International Airport, approx. 60 minutes; San Jose International Airport, approx. 90 minutes (estimated times are without traffic).

Did You Know?

Port Chicago National Memorial

After the Port Chicago explosion on July 17, 1944, where more than 5000 tons of TNT went off, the deepwater harbor and piers were completely destroyed. Surprisingly, the harbor and pier were back up and running in a month.