Matzner Tank Pavilion Honors Our Veterans

The Matzner Tank Pavilion opened six years ago on Veteran’s Day in 2017 at the General Patton Museum in the Coachella Valley. The Pavilion is named after philanthropist Harold Matzner and features a collection of tanks and armored vehicles from Patton’s era and later. Visitors are welcomed to view World War II operating tanks, a 2-1/2 ton Cadillac, a Japanese Artillery Gun, a M-60 turret, and more. You can even climb inside the drivers compartment of that M-60 tank!

The General Patton Museum, located an hour east of Palm Springs in Chiriaco Summit, California, aims to promote peace by honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans while educating the public on modern U.S. military history through the interpretation and preservation of artifacts from major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

“The museum’s primary mission is to preserve military history. According to Executive Director Michael Ables, ‘Yes, it’s about General Patton but it’s about WWI, and WWII, and all the men and women who’ve served our country.’” The museum is open daily from 9:30am – 4:30pm so you can visit the Matzner Tank Pavilion and their other excellent exhibits. Learn more at