Operating Hours & Seasons


Visiting The Memorial It is important to know that reservations are required to visit the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. A two-week reservation is required.


Operating Hours

NOTE: The MOTCO base and the memorial will possibly be closed to visitors from 12/20/15 to 1/9/16.

Public access to the Memorial is through a two week advance reservation only, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays (allow 1½ hours) beginning at 12:45 PM. No access Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and during Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) operations.


Reserving A Tour
Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks prior to your visit to the Memorial. Government photo ID numbers (state driver's license) required for military base access. All visitors to the Memorial must enter with the National Park Service. The U.S. Army requires even active U.S. Military to make a reservation. Military Ocean Terminal Concord is a controlled access area. All visitors to the site must be U.S. Citizens.

Required Information

To request a reservation: at least two weeks before your planned visit, call or email us with the following information about each visitor.

  1. First name-Middle name (no initials) Last name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Government Issued Identification Number (i.e., State Driver's License or Identification Card)

Tours are available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 12:45 PM (allow 1½ hours). Not all dates and times may be available. No public access Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays.

Pick Up and Drop Off Location
All visitors are shuttled to the Memorial in a National Park Service vehicle from John Muir National Historic Site (4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA). Please be at John Muir NHS by 12:45 PM on your tour date.

Reservation Phone Number
(925) 228-8860 ext. 6520

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