Norton museum gets a cleaning

Norton Air Force Museum staff prepare for reopening of the museum.

The Norton Air Force Base Museum, 1601 E. Third St., San Bernardino, has reopened after closing in March 2020 due to county and state coronavirus mandates.

Beginning Saturday, March 27, the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Entrance to the museum is free but guests are invited to leave a donation for the non-profit museum.

Under state reopening guidelines a limit of 12 people will be admitted into the museum at a time.

“We are thrilled to be able to once again welcome interested guests to this little bit of Norton AFB’s history,” stated Bob Edwards, museum president.

The museum, established in 2013, collects, preserves and displays the history of Norton Air Force Base, which was created in 1941 and operated until 1994.

Just outside the museum is the Norton Veterans Memorial Area, which includes a model memorial of the C-141 Lockheed Starlifter that brought the first group of POWs home from captivity in Vietnam, a large piece of the recently demolished Combat Camera building and a full-height section of the Berlin Wall.

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