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Peterson Air & Space Museum

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Address: 150 E Ent Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80914-1255
Phone Number:
+1 719-556-4915
This attraction is at Colorado Springs Municipal
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

The museum is open to the public even though the museum is on an active Air...

The museum is open to the public even though the museum is on an active Air Force installation. All that is required is for non-military ID card holders and groups to call us or submit a request on our web site a minimum of one day in advance of your visit (between 9 am and 12 pm MST) to arrange for a pass and detailed instructions. A State or federal issued Photo ID is required for all Non-DoD visitors over 18. Drivers will need to have proof of insurance and registration for their vehicles. The Museum preserves and portrays the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base. From our barnstormer beginnings in the Roaring Twenties, through the daring exploits of our World War II pilots and into the modern space era, our exhibits are sure to capture your attention.

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My husband has a CAC, so we were able to get on Peterson without the usual nonmilitary person procedures. Make sure to call ahead to find out what is required to access the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
El Paso, TX
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El Paso, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

My husband has a CAC, so we were able to get on Peterson without the usual nonmilitary person procedures. Make sure to call ahead to find out what is required to access the base. The history about the aircraft is really interesting. This is a small, volunteer run place so make sure to keep that in mind when arriving. We... More 

Thank Fernhart
Lawrence, Kansas
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Most aircraft are out in the weather - subject to wind/hail damage, but they do their best. There are many other cool displays. Eager docents want to spend your whole day - bless their hearts - we had a limited time window. The inside of the EC-121 is in nearly pristine condition - best I've ever seen for a Connie.... More 

Thank Bruce L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This was one of my 10 year old son's choices of activities for our family vacation. The museum was great. Not only did we get to see jet fighters up close and personal, but we got to tour a radar plane with someone who actually flew missions on it. Many of the volunteer staff are ex air force and were... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We showed up to visit this museum to discover you had to have 24 hour advance clearance to get on the base & visit! This was not indicated clearly on their website, so we were a bit disappointed. We don't mind needing the clearance, but it should be very clearly communicated! if you really want to go, make sure about... More 

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Harvard, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We have visited several Air & Space Museums (including the National Air & Space Museum in Dayton, OH) in different areas and enjoyed them all until now. The museum itself is interesting, with some very nice exhibits. It is the lack of organization and direction that we found disappointing. This museum is on an active Air Force Base, and a... More 

Thank Wif52
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Upon arriving at the museum we were met by Gus Freyer who stuck with us for the entire visit giving us a fantastic and extremely in depth tour. His knowledge and actual past experience with military aviation made for a most informative and enjoyable visit.

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I had heard that this was a very interesting museum and it definitely proved to be worth the visit. They had a large number of static displays of aircraft and missiles with excellent descriptions of each one. There was also a guided of an early airborne radar aircraft based on a Super Constellation. There is also an indoor exhibition of... More 

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Smethport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The museum is free, but you will need a base visitors pass which is very easy to obtain. Great place to take the kids. They have tours of the Warning Star with an original crew member. There is also a hangar with many interesting things. If you like planes, the Airforce or history this is a must stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We had family coming in from out of state to the Colorado Springs airport and were looking for a short activity nearby to start off our vacation. We found it online after Googling attractions in Colorado Springs. The museum property is on the Peterson AFB so you must make reservations online a couple days ahead of time to get a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We came to Colorado for a week on vacation from Omaha. My wife thought we were going to the Air Force Academy Museum, which she visited in high school. We showed up at Peterson AFB museum and she was like, "this seems different..." It wasn't until the end of our visit that it was confirmed we were at the wrong... More 

Thank John W

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