WWII Glider & Military Museum

WWII Glider & Military Museum, Iron Mountain

WWII Glider & Military Museum

WWII Glider & Military Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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OPEN for the 2022 SEASON. During World War II, the Ford Motor Company's plant in Kingsford built more Model CG-4A gliders for the United States Army than any other company in the nation at much less cost than other manufacturers. Our CG-4A Glider, one of seven fully-restored gliders worldwide, is the focal point of the World War II Glider & Military Museum. The museum also contains an extensive collection of military uniforms from the Civil War to Desert Storm, a WWII Ford jeep and meticulously restored Clark CA-1 dozer, historic photos, period film footage of glider construction at the local Ford Motor Company plant as well as the prestigious Army-Navy "E" Award presentation in 1944. Additional exhibits include a 1939 Ford V-8 DeLuxe “Woodie” Station Wagon, 1946 Ford Sportsman Convertible, 1928 Ford AA Fire Engine, 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan & 1930 Ford Model AA Dump Truck.
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cindyl246
Wyoming, MI147 contributions
Aug 2021
The museum exceeded my expectations. It shares a site with the Cornish pumping engine (HUGE). That was a bonus. Reading the history of the gliders and the stats associated with the combat missions they were used on were awe inspiring and humbling. Also had no idea that Henry Ford was so instrumental building the economy in the area. This is a must see if you are in the area. We had kids ranging from 10-17 and they were fascinated with what they learned.
Written August 19, 2021
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Mindie D
141 contributions
Aug 2019
I'm not really into military history but my husband is, so we stopped in on our last vacation. I thought I would be bored, but I learned SO much. This hidden gem of times gone by blew my mind. The story of the town, the history of the gliders use in battle, the fact they were made out of wood and fabric with glue and stitching..... so impressive. The volunteer at the desk was very friendly. He asked if we wanted to watch a short documentary video on the gliders. We said yes. Don't say yes unless you have extra time. It's not really that short, you will learn everything in the video in the actual museum displays, not to mention it drags on and on and is repetitive.
Written September 18, 2019
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Steven B
Wisconsin Rapids, WI331 contributions
Aug 2019
There are two very interesting towns that you may not know about, or, that you may not hear about, but they are vitally important in history – and of great importance today. The two sister towns are, Kingsford, and Iron Mountain, Michigan. I had always thought of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a vast wilderness of forest and not much more. Was I ever surprised after I drove through the vast tracts of land until I found some semblance of organized civilization… Iron Mountain and Kingsford are two towns that border one another and that is where you will find a few museums – and one museum is really quite exceptional; the WW II Glider and Military Museum. That place is very educational and it will teach you things that you never knew before – for instance, did you know that Kingsford is where Kingsford charcoal and lighter fluid were made? Or that the Ford Motor Company had a manufacturing plant in Kingsford? As a matter of fact, they specialized in making CG – 4A Gliders for missions in WWII, but that is not all; their plant was extremely efficient. The Ford Motor Company sold their gliders for $15,400 whereas their competitor `National, sold theirs for $1,741,808. And the size and composition of those gliders is downright remarkable. There is also a collection of Ford vintage cars in the Museum show room dating from 1928 – 1939. And lets not forget the military collection of uniforms, literature, a jeep, howitzer… yes, it’s a fine museum. My favorite was that giant glider, and standing under the shadow of its stealth.
Written September 15, 2019
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Diane P
Conover, WI47 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a great museum. I learned so much as I never knew the Ford Motor Company made gliders for the war in Iron Mountain. As a Gold Star Mom seeing the pictures of the young men who served along side their donated uniforms tugged at my heart. The Ford vehicles from time past was also very cool. We also saw the Cornish Pump museum next to this one. Mining is a dangerous occupation today. But back then was even more a hardship for the miners and their families if there was an accident or a death.
Written August 30, 2018
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Jan Y
34 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
You will be able to see a WWII Glider intact housed in this museum. Walk up and actually look inside and see what our military went through when riding in one! If you're a history buff this is a must stop! This museum also has a Cornish Pump Museum attached to it ...a lot to see in one place! Great very inexpensive vintage post cards for sale in the gift shop too!
Written July 4, 2017
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Retiredtourer21
Michigan255 contributions
Aug 2019
We really liked the museum. The glider isn't something you see everywhere and there is a local angle since they were built here. Other military artifacts as well. Combine with a visit to the mining museum if you can
Written August 24, 2019
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Kingshott
Brighton, MI119 contributions
Aug 2019
This was a very informative museum regarding the use of gliders during WWII. Ford Motor company built more gliders at a cheaper price than all other glider manufacturers combined. The effort to restore a glider was massive as these war instruments were manufactured to be dispensable and not to be recovered after landing. There was a sign stating that the life expectancy of a glider pilot after reaching enemy territory was around 15 minutes whereas a bomber pilot's life expectancy was over 2 hours.

A by-product of the manufacturing process was the mass production of charcoal briquets. So, now you know how Kingsford Charcoal was developed and you can remember the importance of Iron Mountain and Kingsford while grilling!

This museum is part of the Iron Mountain Historical Museum and the Cornish Pump Museum. They can be purchased individually or as a total package. If you need to use plastic, the Cornish Pump Museum is the only one that is capable of swiping your card, all others, bring cash.
Written August 24, 2019
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Carol E
Green Bay, WI475 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Those gliders were amazing! We went here after the Cornish Pump Museum. Lots of WWII memorabilia. A 1934 Ford Woodie! Lots of information! Great for adults or teens interested in WWII history!
Written July 1, 2019
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Emmy L
36 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
What an amazing addition to our small town. To show off the prideful history that is part of our town.
Written November 6, 2018
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Cheeseheadinrecovery
Needham, MA34 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Brought a bunch of kids aged 8-13 in a rainy day. Pump was Incredible. 2 separate museums in one location. Place would benefit from a few more staff to tell the stories of both the miners and the soldiers, and place all objects in context. Too much writing on the walls for the kids (and some adults) to understand how the pump, old ford cars and glider are related. Sophisticated history buffs will love this hidden gem.
Written August 6, 2018
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WWII Glider & Military Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM