FAQ: Visiting the Museum

Q. Is the museum open to the public?

Effective Wednesday, 23 September 2020, the WSMR Museum will be open to visitors with base access, to include:

  • CAC Card Holders
  • DoD Service Members
  • DoD Civilian Employees
  • Dependents
  • DoD Retirees
  • Exception to Policy Conditions

The Visitor’s Center will not issue base access passes to anyone not on official DoD business.

All visitors must wear protective face masks and observe social distancing guidance

We are also limiting the number of visitors in the museum to 75 at a time.

A Visitor’s Log Book will be located at the Museum entrance. All visitors must sign into the log book when entering the Museum.

Updates will be posted on this website, our Facebook Page, and through the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office as soon as they are available. We sincerely appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.

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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