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“Warbird Heaven”

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is a museum focusing on aircraft and nuclear missiles of the U. S. Air Force. The objective of the Museum is to preserve and display historic aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles and provide STEM education sessions to the young generation. The Museum is a $29.5 million, 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) building that features a glass atrium, two aircraft display hangars, a traveling exhibit area, a children's interactive gallery, a 200-seat theater, a museum store, an aircraft restoration gallery, and a snack bar. The glass atrium is constructed of 525 glass panels that encase a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The Museum hosts regular travel exhibitions and several special events throughout the year. The Museum's Education Department is committed to fueling the curiosity of children across the Midwest and to educating them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Regular STEM sessions, workshops and camp programs are available at the Museum.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Rochelle, Illinois
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445 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Warbird Heaven”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

I love all things airplane. Sorry, I just can't help it.

This must be why I really liked the Strategic Air & Space Museum. It's a solid 30 minute drive from the Old Market district of Omaha, but man, was it ever worth the trip.

The hardware is all WWII or later, so if you're looking for something earlier, this isn't your museum. They do have a B-52, B-25, B-26, B-58 (where else can you find a Hustler!), a B1, and even a B-36 (which are pretty rare).

We had a great time - there is a big display on the Dolittle Raiders which is worth the trip itself, plus the four missiles out front.

The fee is $12 per adult. Note: Eat before you get here. The cafeteria food makes McDonalds look like a 5 star restaurant. The drinks were okay - Pepsi products, if you like that.

Visited November 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“SAC museum”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

I haven't been here in a LONG time. But I loved going there! I was young when I went there, but I still remember a lot of it. I would love to go there again!

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Ashland, Nebraska, United States
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“A gem on the Prairie”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Long-time members. Great displays and interesting traveling installations. Good value and friendly, knowledgeable staff

Visited August 2012
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Omaha
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35 reviews
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“A great Place To Visit”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We've been a member for several years and are big fans of the museum. The planes are very interesting and the temporary exhibits are generally good. The occassionally have special programs for the kids that are a lot of fun as well. The volumteer led tours on the weekends are good as well. We've been through several and many of the tour leaders had flown similar aircraft and spoke of their combat experiences flying those planes. The SR-71 display is very well done

Visited October 2012
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Lebanon, Missouri
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89 reviews
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“Great place to visit if you like airplanes.”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Lots of historic aircraft. A great place for kids. Hands on fun things for them to do. There is a fee for admission but it is well worth the price. You can spend several hours there to see everything. You can even watch the planes be restored. But be aware of the paint smell if that is an issue for you.

Visited October 2012
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