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“Nuclear War Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time”

Titan Missile Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Sahuarita
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The guided tour shows visitors how ready the U.S. was for war with the Soviets.
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This terrible piece of our nation's history is preserved lovingly in the amazing Sonoran desert. It is one of a small group of historical museums operated by a non-profit foundation, so your Golden Eagle pass will not work. Don't argue with the docents about it as I saw one man doing. Just pay the small entrance fee that helps this place stay open, and have a nice short tour with someone who cares very much about preserving this story so that maybe history will not need to be repeated.

You might be moved, as I was. I was the lucky volunteer who was able to sit in the Captain's chair in front of the master control board during my tour. When the orders to fire the missile came in, it was my responsibility to turn the key. I suddenly realized what it took for the personnel who had been assigned to this post to bury their conscience and do what their Commander-in-Chief ordered them to do. *I* don't think I could have done it in real life. I once again thank those servicepeople whose jobs enabled me to live my fluffy, carefree American life. I salute you.

As for the hardware, as they say, they can't replace any of the parts if they fall off or break. Nonetheless, this museum is so clean and well-maintained you can't tell that you aren't actually going back to the 1960s. It is impeccable.

I recommend this museum to everyone, but especially hope that people bring their children here. Not the very young, but certainly pre-teens and up.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

It's the only Titan missile facility left in the US that's been kept in close to active condition. There is a small museum in the lobby area that can hold your attention as you wait for your tour to start. The gentlemen who were leading the tour were very knowledgeable about the missile, the facility, and the history. Group size was kept reasonable and there was plenty of time for questions. They can accommodate people who have limited mobility with an elevator, but it's not a wheelchair friendly tour. If you have any interest In military history or life in the Cold War era, you should make a visit. Combined with the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson and the Boneyard bus tour and you have a pretty cool set of memories.

1  Thank oilguy57
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Being a school child from the "duck and cover" days, I found this museum to be very interesting. It is truly amazing to go down in the missile silo and launch facility. The size of these missile alone is incredible. But what's hard to fathom is the technology, that in one hand is so dated. While on the other, is so advanced for it's time.

Tip: We used one of the buy one get one free pages from our Tucson attractions passport.

It's a guided tour that takes about an hour. Once finished, you are free the explore the outside to your leisure. During the tour and outside, you are free to snap as many photos as you like.

2  Thank AZcartrip
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

This museum is "a must" for people with an interest in the Cold War. It is a "one of kind" attraction (the only comparable attraction being a Minuteman facility in South Dakota) that brings back memories of the Cold War. Knowledgeable tour guides give an in-depth tour, complete with question and answer sessions, and even with a bit of "hands on" experience "turning the keys" in the launch facility. This tour leaves a lasting impression about the size and construction of the facility, along with the destructive power of the Titan II missile.

1  Thank LGIrl
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a one of a kind site that must be seen and experienced. This museum provides an excellent snapshot of cold war history. This is the ONLY missile site in the US remaining from that period. During and after taking the tour, I was very impressed with the construction of the facility, the efforts put in place to ensure our country's security, and the knowledge of the tour guides. Highly recommended!!

1  Thank Craig S
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