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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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Shawnee, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fun day”
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Went with our 6 year old. Was interesting and plenty to see. Probably priced accurately. They could have some more interactive activities for the younger kids. They a couple rooms with but could not determine wha was private and what was not. They had a traveling exhibit call Math Alive. Very cool.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great for the whole family”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

There is a lot to do and see here. Can get up close to the planes and a few you can actually get inside which was very cool. I am not that in to aviation like others in our group, but I found it very interesting and fun. The kids liked it a lot and we didn't hear any "I'm bored" so that's always a plus! We did not plan enough time - were there 2 1/2 hours and had to rush through about half the exhibits at the end. We are planning to go back next year and get there earlier to spend about 4 - 5 hours.

Visited November 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Excellent exhibit collection”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is a nice museum to visit and see a good aircraft collection including an SR71 and B36. Location is just off the interstate. The planes are curated well. A few are hanging and thus cannot be examined closely but many are accessible. They have two separate hangars. The gift shop has a lot of interesting items for all ages.

Visited November 2013
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Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Up close!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

This museum ha a lot of opportunities to really walk around & under the exhibits. Most museums like this really limit how close you can get, but here, we were able to crawl under the bombers & see inside the bomb bays & more. The interactive math program was excellent as well. Our young children were engaged for 3 hours solid!

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Louisburg, Kansas
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is such an interesting museum if you like aircraft and space, which we do. My husband was excited to see aircraft he worked on in his Air Force days. So neat to be able to see and touch actual space craft that we had all seen on television. We didn't take children but they would be in awe of this place. Some of the aircraft are open for boarding and looking around and there are great videos explaining how they were used. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited October 2013
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