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Great insight into the USA's cold war deterrent.

As the only Titan Missile Silo still around, this is a geat place to see not only the missile, but... read more

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A great place to see a Cold War relic.

We got there before opening time, even so quite a large queue had formed. We were therefore... read more

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Reviewed May 21, 2015

According to the literature: "The Titan Missile Museum showcases the dramatic vestiges of the Cold War between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and provides a vivid education about the history of nuclear conflict-a history of keeping the peace.
At the Titan Missile Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved Titan II missile site, officially known as complex 571-7, is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987."

The location is what is called "Green Valley" off I-19 South not very far from Tucson.
They have more than one type of tour. I took the 1.5 hour tour; it covers the control center and the upper level of the silo or missile tube. In the visitor center the first 15 minutes is watching a video that tells the story of the "cold war" and being mission ready. Then you walk to the entry of the silo. There are about 53 steps to walk down (then back up) to the control center and the tube where the missile sits. The steps and hallways in the silo are the same and as wide as most hotels--the steps are not continuous like a ladder but are setup as in a hotel or office building with "landings" between groups of steps. It's an easy trip and for most there's not a feeling of being "closed-in" per my observations.

It's best to continue using the museum literature: "able to launch from its underground silo in just 58 seconds, the Titan II was capable of delivering a 9-megaton nuclear warhead to targets more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in about 30 minutes. Nowhere else in the world can visitors get this close to an intercontinental ballistic missile in its operational environment. This one-of-a kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. What was once one of America's most top secret places is now a National Historic Landmark, fulfilling its new mission of bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors."

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Tule G
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Reviewed May 17, 2015

We didn't have too many expectations going here, but wanted to do something else than the attractions we usually go to. This place was really worth while. The guide was great, the history really interesting (even though we're not from the US) and not everyone can say that they have been to a facility like this. A lot of other info in the museum as well so it was really worth while.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Thomas1406
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Reviewed April 30, 2015

Relatively short tour (about an hour) with lots of details. This is a real piece of American (and world) history that you won't see elsewhere.

Our son (age 9) was the only kid on the tour we went on, so he got to pull the 6,000 lb. blast door shut AND turn the key to launch the missile. He got a little card from the tour guide to prove he did both.

And we also bought some uranium marbles (glow in black light; low uranium content - got through the airport with no problem) and a fallout shelter sign (ah, childhood).

Highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

I've been trying for years to get to Tucson with enough time to get to this museum. This time I built my whole trip around getting to this museum and I am so glad I did!

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to those Cold Warriors that manned these silos in the Tucson area as well as around Little Rock, AR and Wichita, KS 24/7/365. Their alert watches with "Peace Through DETERRENCE" as their mission. And they accomplished this because none of these silos ever fired their Titan IIs except in the odd occasion of a test firing.

Secondly, a big THANK YOU to the staff and board of this fine museum - and to the USAF - for preserving this missile site as an educational tool for the generations to tour and learn from. And it is extremely well-preserved!

For those who say this museum isn't kid/toddler friendly, perhaps it isn't. Certainly we were all warned repeatedly to NOT touch or climb on any of the artifacts because they are literally irreplaceable. I can understand that.

And, no; the silos weren't originally designed with child access etc in mind. They weren't even designed with old goats like me in mind. (I was pretty proud that I walked down all 55 steps and back up those same 55!) BUT, they do have an elevator for those that can't do the stairs, so they've done about all they can to make it accessible for those who weren't in the original design concept. If your kid wants to grab everything they see, then this ain't the place for them! If your kids can't be quiet while the docent is talking, then this ain't the place for them. All that having been said, then wait until they're older and can deal with it better.

I have nothing but praise for this Museum experience. It is quite educational, informative, immersive and unique. I'd say it's a must see if you're in the Tucson area.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank hatlad
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Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting tour of the missile site. Informative 17 minute video, plus history before you head to the silo. Tour guides were well informed, and answered all questions. A must see for history buffs.

Thank Mary W
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