FAQ: Visiting the Museum

Q. Is the museum open to the public?
A. Yes! During normal Health Protection Conditions (HPCON) and Force Protection Conditions (FPCON), the WSMR Museum is open to the general public. Accessibility to WSMR is directed by the Commander, WSMR. Post access can be granted, changed, or revoked with little to no prior notice. For additional considerations, please see below. 

Obtaining a Visitor’s Pass

Q. How do I get on WSMR?
A. In order to get on post, you will need to obtain a Visitor’s Pass from the Visitor’s Center, located in front of the Las Cruces Gate. All adult visitors with US citizenship require the following:
1. Valid form of identification.
2. Driver’s Vehicle Registration.
3. Driver’s Proof of Insurance.
4. Pass a National Crime Information Center – Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III) background check.

Q. What are the access requirements for children?
A. All children must be accompanied by an adult after the adult has been vetted through the on-post background check.

Q. I’m not a US citizen. Can I still visit the museum?
A. At this time, non-US citizens will not be permitted access to the museum.

Q. Can my family and I walk to the Museum from the Visitor’s Center parking lot?
A. Yes

Q. Are there any vehicle restrictions when obtaining a Visitor’s Pass?
A. No. There is marked parking for oversized vehicles, campers, and RV’s at the Museum.

Q. What are the Visitor’s Center’s business hours?
A. The Visitor’s Center is open Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 2:30pm.

Q. Can I visit the Museum if the Visitor’s Center is closed?
A. Yes, you can still obtain a pass at the Las Cruces and El Paso Gate after the Visitor’s Center has closed.

Q. How long is my Visitor’s Pass good for?
A. For the day of the visit.

Q. Who can I contact if I have further questions?
A. Please contact Museum Staff by phone at (580)-699-4798 or email at usarmy.wsmr.museum@mail.mil for more information.

Conditions Restricting Access

Q. Where can I view WSMR’s current HPCON and FPCON?
A. You can see the current Protection Conditions on the Official White Sands Missile Range Website at the top of the main page.

Q. How does missile range testing affect access to WSMR?
A. During missile range testing, access roads to and from WSMR may be blocked until testing is complete. Please call (575)-678-1178 for the most up-to-date information on roadblocks.

Q. How long do the roadblocks last?
A. Any number of factors, such as weather, equipment problems, and wildlife concerns, can cause the actual test to be delayed. This may require the roadblocks to stay up for hours past the scheduled test.

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