Museums that Deserve a Visit - A number of museums around the country display missiles and related items. Several of these museums have been awarded grants by our association. Some that you should see and access to each web site is below - click on the musuem name:
Strategic Air and Space Museum - The museum is located between Omaha and Lincoln on Interstate 80. An Atlas, Thor and Blue Scout are displayed in front of the buildings. Other missiles include Hound Dog, Quail, Snark and others in various stages of restoration. The move from the old location at Offutt was a giant undertaking, and all displays were previously outside, so the museum is restoring each aircraft and missile and placing most in the new building for display. Was called the SAC Museum until 2001.
Hill AFB Museum - Located on the interstate in Ogden on the edge of Hill AFB, the museum is currently developing a missile park. AAFM funded the display of a Snark, and the museum features a number of other missiles and many aircraft.
National Museum of the US Air Force - located in Dayton, Ohio and formerly called the Air Force Museum, now has the Hall of Missiles open. If you have artifacts to donate to help preserve our missile history, contact Doug Lantry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malmstrom Museum - Located just inside the base gate, the museum features an early history of the area and the base and a complete history of Minuteman at Malmstrom. Displays include a Minuteman Mod trainer and Minuteman II consoles.
Peterson Museum - Located inside the base near the flight line, the museum features an early history of the area and the base and features several aircraft and missiles.
March Field Museum - The March museum moved when the base closed - it is now on the east side of the base, between the base and Air Force Village West. AAFM funded the move of a Minuteman from the old 15AF headquarters to the museum.
The Museum of the Western Prairie - located at 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus, is working on a new Atlas exhibit, with emphasis on the Altus sites and the people who manned them. If you can help with information or display materials, call 580-482-1044 or e-mail email@example.com.
South Dakota Air and Space Museum - On Interstate 90 at the front gate to Ellsworth AFB, this museum features a Minuteman, Titan I and a complete Missile Procedures Trainers, an MM Mod MPT from the 44SMW/MW. The museum also offers tours of the Minuteman training silo on the base. They also have a display dedicated to the 44th Bomb Group, forerunner of the missile wing that was at Ellsworth.
Space and Missile Museum - At Patrick AFB, this museum features one of the most complete histories of our missile and space programs.
Titan Missile Museum - South of Tucson in Green Valley, this museum is a real Titan II missile complex. The museum offers tours of the silo and launch control center, as well as related displays topside and in the main building. The Pima Air Museum near Davis Monthan AFB features a large aircraft collection.
Whiteman Museum - On Whiteman AFB just off Interstate 70, this museum is the former launch control facility (now called missile alert facility) Oscar-1. Tours include a visit to the underground launch control center. Tours require advance reservations with the base.
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History - Located at 1905 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, 2 blocks east of Rio Grande Boulevard and just north of Old Town, Albuquerque. The phone number is (505) 245-2137.
Evergreen Aviation Museum - McMinnville, Oregon, home of the Howard Hughes Spruce Goose.
Bradbury Science Museum - Los Alamos National Labratory in downtown Los Alamos, with the story of nuclear weapons development. Mark 12A and ALCM on display
Warren ICBM and Heritage Museum - on F E Warem AFB, Wyoming, with displays documenting ICBM history as well as history of the base
Cooperstown, ND Oscar-Zero - the site and one Launch Facility will open as a museum on 1 August. Information about the ceremony is available on their web page.
Atomic Testing Museum - in Las Vegas, dedicated to the history of nuclear testing.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, near Wall, SD, the D-01 Launch Control Facility (Missile Alert Facility) and D-09 Launch Facility from the 44th Strategic Missile wing.
Walker Aviation Museum, at Roswell, New Mexico, on the former Walker AFB, home to the 579th SMS, an Atlas F unit.
Wings Over the Rockies Museum - located on the former Lowry AFB in Denver, the museum includes displays about the 451 SMW, the Titan I wing at Lowry and other displays related to missile training.
Minuteman Training Launch Facility at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, can be tpured as part of a South Dakota Air and Space Museum visit. The training silo duplicates an operational Minuteman missile silo, with the addition of stairs to access the lower levels. Information on directions, hours and fees is on their web page at http://www.sdairandspacemuseum.com
Some of the early Atlas and Titan sites are now privately owned and are occasionlly open for tours. AAFM publicizes these tours when they are available.