Peterson Air & Space Museum

Peterson Air & Space Museum, Colorado Springs

Peterson Air & Space Museum

Peterson Air & Space Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Science Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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. 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 (before noon MDT) to arrange for a pass and detailed instructions (https://petemuseum.org/visitor-information/). 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. Non-US Visitors: allow an additional day.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Rahaal
Tampa, FL302 contributions
A must-see for airplane fans and history buffs
Sep 2021
Any historian or fan of aircraft and other US Air Force memorabilia will enjoy both the variety of the displays, as well as the from many of the volunteers who staff this museum and have first hand experience of of using it during the Cold War and the decades after. Beyond a few very rare aircraft, the displays of the Distant Early Warning system are especially interesting. Also interesting is the art deco style of many of the buildings that make up the museum, a few of which predate the establishment of Peterson as a military base.
Written September 20, 2021
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Designster
5 contributions
If you like planes and history come here
Mar 2020
Don't miss a trip to Peterson Air and Space Museum. Military or DOD ID gets you in, but because it is on Peterson AFB, planning and registration either on line or phone call is required ahead of your visit. So many displays to see inside the City Hangar and just walking around the plane park. Families with young children love it too.
Written January 23, 2021
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Mike3305
Danville, CA10 contributions
Worth seeing Aviation Museum
Sep 2018
Small museum, but well done; covers lots of Cold War information; the outside plane exhibits are great!
Written August 23, 2019
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Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon!
Written August 24, 2019
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Casemis
Chesterton, IN27 contributions
Good for a few hours
Jul 2019 • Family
This is a small but nice military museum that is perfect to visit when you have a morning free. I would recommend older children (over 10 or maybe even 12) visit - could be boring for younger. Our guide was very friendly & shared a lot of information not available on the info plaques. I liked that we could get up close & touch many of the exhibits. One of the hangers with exhibits is not available if it gets too hot so try to plan going at cooler times. We only got to tour the one hanger unfortunately. If your not military, get online & request civilian visitor passes ahead of time. Then you can just go right to gate to check in.
Written July 28, 2019
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Thanks for the great review! The exhibit that was closed due to being too hot was our Lockheed Warning Star Super Constellation aircraft. Your advice to go at cooler times, such as when we first open at 9 am, is absolutely correct. As we move into the fall, the weather is not such a problem of course. Hope to see you again when the weather cooperates and we’ll be able to show you the inside of the Warning Star! Six tons of electronics, no computers, and vacuum tube technology - keeping the country safe against airborne threats!
Written July 29, 2019
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AshBernadette88
Colorado Springs, CO1,235 contributions
Great History, Well-Maintained Exhibits
Jul 2019 • Family
I've visited several museums at Air Force bases across the country, and this museum is truly among the best...just, WOW!

The museum describes the history of NORAD from the Cold War era to today, as well as the history of Peterson AFB. This museum also houses artifacts from World War II and beyond, and it contains some missileer history and artifacts. Overall, the grounds and the exhibits are very well-maintained, and the outdoors portion of the museum is always open for guests. Our daughter especially loved getting to touch some of the amazing aircraft on display!

This is truly a treasure. I'd like to visit again, but next time, we'll definitely ask for a tour guide!
Written July 7, 2019
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Thanks for the great review! And we definitely recommend taking a tour with one of our docents. Not only do you find out more detail about the exhibits, but the tour itself becomes more “interactive” in the true sense of the word. You can ask questions, share histories, and even get into “war stories”! This makes our museum exhibits real, with real histories behind them, not just static displays with a storyboard in front of them. Thanks again for your review, and we hope to see you soon - for a guided tour!
Written July 8, 2019
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Zachary F
6 contributions
Get ready for a history lesson!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lots to learn. If walked alone with no guide, you could see everything in 45min to an hour. Definitely recommend using the guide. Lots of info will be missed if you dont. Be prepared to be there for a couple of hours.
Written June 19, 2019
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Thank you very much for your review! And your time estimates are right on the mark! While there are many storyboards and plates that explain the exhibits, a tour taken with one of our docents is a more historically enriched experience. We can give a lot more detail on the exhibits, much of it based on the experience of the docents themselves. As an example, some of our docents actually were crew members on our EC-121T Warning Star aircraft. Their depth of knowledge and entertaining “war stories” can turn a museum exhibit into a real aircraft with a real history. And this is true with many of the exhibits, so you’ll never have the same visit experience twice! Thanks again for your review, and hope to see you again soon!
Written June 20, 2019
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Tami C
El Paso, TX41 contributions
WOW the history here!
Feb 2019 • Friends
We arrived at 1130am and were met by John B, a volunteer guide who took us under his “wing” and gave us an awesome personalized tour. Two hours later are minds were filled with history and our phone had many photos. A MUST for history and airplane buffs.
Written February 5, 2019
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Thank you for your review! John is a great guide, and I’m sure he “colored in” your tour by telling you several tales from his personal experiences during his many years in the Air Force. I’ll certainly pass along your compliments to John, and we’re very glad that you enjoyed your time with us!
Written February 6, 2019
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Wandering boom
Louisiana1,045 contributions
Fantastic Choice for Aviation Enthusiast
Jan 2019 • Solo
Great museum that primarily highlights the contribution/history of NORAD in the defense of North America. Museum exhibits cover the entire Cold War era through today's modern jets. The small entrance building is a historical building from the 1930 and features items from the development of Peterson Field and War World 2. Make sure to visit during the week as docents aren't available to open up the 1920 era wooden hanger which houses fascinating display including a Republic P-47N fighter, Peacekeeper missile crew trainer and Minuteman Missile warhead. The outside display is open 24/7 and features every Cold War era US and Canadian Air Force jet interceptor. The Lockheed EC-121 dominates the display area. 3 Canadian AF fighter, CF-100, F-101 Voodoo and a CF-188 Hornet are rare examples displayed in the US and worth the visit.
Written January 26, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed review...much appreciated! Our current winter hours are Tuesday thru Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, when tours are available through all the exhibits. The hours will expand when we “spring forward” in March. Hours, access information and photos are all available at our web site petemuseum.org
Written January 29, 2019
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Voyage196286
1 contribution
Excellent museum of the cold war and missile warning and air defense
Nov 2018 • Friends
Museum staff were extremely knowledgeable and provided great history and conversation. The aircraft static displays are the best.
Written December 1, 2018
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Thank you very much for your review, and we’re glad you enjoyed the history and stories that our docents tell. Hopefully this made your tour much more interesting.
Written December 15, 2018
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Shanley L
7 contributions
Family Fun
Nov 2018 • Family
The Peterson Air & Space Museum is staffed by amazing, knowledgeable, and friendly docents. The amount of knowledge and passion that they guide you through the three sections of the tour are outstanding. The exhibit is informational and is a neat look into history.
Written November 7, 2018
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Thank you very much for the kind words! We certainly enjoy volunteering at the Museum and meeting people and families who are as enthusiastic as we are about the history of air defense in America and around the world.
Written November 8, 2018
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Peterson Air & Space Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM