Permits and Reservations

A granite sign reads "Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial" and sits in front of trees and stones. A sidewalk can be seen on the left side.
The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. The entrance sign to the memorial shows the name of the park and states "Dedicated July 17th, 1994".The pathway on the left leads to the four memorial granite stones, which list the names of the deceased.

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Reserving A Tour

Public access to the Memorial is through a two week advance reservation only on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays (allow 1½ hours) beginning at 12:30 PM. No access Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and during Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) operations.

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 or permanent residents.

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).

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 12:30 PM on your tour date.

Reservation Phone Number

925-228-8860 ext. 6520


Special Use Permits

Note: Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is on an active military base. Due to restrictions with access, and frequent base closures, not all dates and times are available. The base is subject to close access wihout much notice. Please contact the park to discuss your plans before filling out forms, to find out if there is any long-term closures planned.

Contact The Park Before Filling Out A Special Use Permit Application Form: Email Trevor Rice

Application for Special Use Permit
Application for Special Use Permit (Short Form)
Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit
Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit (Short Form)

Last updated: March 26, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553


925 228-8860 x6520
General inquiry and reservations.

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