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“Titan II missile site, Tucson”

Titan Missile Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Sahuarita
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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.
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Titan II missile site, Tucson”
Reviewed November 28, 2010

If you are visiting Tucson (Arizona), the Titan II missile museum at Green Valley is a must. It is situated about 25 miles south of Tucson along the I-19 highway (exit 69) and is an easy drive. it is the only Titan missile site left and really worth visiting to see how the USA reacted to the nuclear threat from the then Soviet Union. The museum has numerous photos and memoribillia on display and the tour commences with a film about the Titan II missiles and where they were located. The actual tours take you around the top of the missile silo with the refuelling vehicles in place and then you do down through the blast doors into the underground control room and missile silo. Whilst in the control room, a simulated missile firing is carried out with visitors playing the key roles. There is also a shop in the museum where numerous souveniers can be purchased. This is definately one place not to miss.

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“I got to turn the key......!!!!!!”
Reviewed September 26, 2010

there was only us on our tour, so we had the guide all to ourselves, which was great!! he was so down to earth and wasn't like a robot, he interacted with us and answered all our questions, i took so many photos and since there was only my husband any myself i got to sit in the chair and turn the key to start the launch off, i think kids would love this place even not knowing the history!!!
just go if your in the area

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Wakefield, RI
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221 reviews
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“Wonderful Cold War relic, and alarmingly educational...”
Reviewed September 13, 2010

The last few reviews here are spot-on, so no need to rehash. A few facts I'll add is that there were three pods of 18 Titan missile encampments, of which this is one. The crew had 30 days of supplies in the event of a missile fire, which is kind of spooky if you consider that you fired your missile, then have little idea of what lies above for the 30 days. Also, when the USSR agreed not to object to this museum, the US had to display this particular missile outside on the silo grounds, to display to Soviet satellites overhead that the missile was in fact inoperable. They also had to cement part of the silo door, to ensure that it could not be configured to reopen and fire. All sad historical facts but it also contributes to the wonderment about this particular museum.
Your tour guides are experts and will field all questions. Whether you are a civilian or ex-military, this will likely be well worth your time if this is something that interests you... Their is also an aircraft boneyard in the vicinity that will make a nice complement- you'll see an SR 73, B52, F15 and dozens of other spectacular relics.

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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth the drive!”
Reviewed April 11, 2010

The tour was very interesting. It started off with a film about the Titan Missiles, the Cold War, and what we'd be seeing on the tour. Then there was a tour of the surface site, where you can see the fueling stations (and they explained the fueling process), the rocket stages, and other surface items, as well as being able to look down into the silo. Then you descend into the control area, where they walk you through what happened as crews were coming on duty, and so on. Afterwards, we were able to wander further in the surface area.

A very worthwhile hour or so. As Canadians in our early 50s, the Cold War crisis was less impressed in our consciousness than it probably was for most Americans of a similar age, and we found the site and the history lesson very interesting. Both of our guides had worked at the site, and both were very knowledgeable.

There are a lot of stairs, and while they caution ahead of time that you should be able to walk up and down a few flights of stairs, there is an elevator available if you are truly unable to manage them all. (We walked, so I can't say if you miss anything that way.)

It's worth calling them to find out if there are school tours, etc. booked in. We didn't the first day we went down, and then all remaining tours for the day were fully booked, and told us there was a school tour at 9:30 the next morning, but if we were there around 8:45 we'd be able to go on the first tour for sure. We ended up being the only people on the tour, other than the docent and the second person (his role was to ensure that no one got too far off the path, and/or to escort people back to the surface if they had to leave for whatever reason).

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Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A very sobering experience”
Reviewed March 3, 2010

We visited the museum on a Saturday In February and the crowd was moderate.Parking was plentiful and accommodates Motor-homes. We were greeted by friendly volunteers selling tickets to the 1 hour (approx.) tour ~ $8.50-$9.50 depending on the season. They run every half hour starting at 9:00am ending with the last at 4:00pm. While you wait a short while there are display case's with stories and artifacts to look at along with a small gift shop with bottled water and restrooms. When they call your tour group in you see a short film and get oriented to what will happen. When the Guide first takes you out you are shown the silo door,jet engines and equipment to maintain and fuel the missile. You ascend the 55 steps to view the living quarters and control room.There is an elevator for a few who may not be able to use the stairs.The knowledgeable guides tell you all the chilling facts of what MIGHT have happened had they needed to use this along with the 53 other missile (gone now) this IS the only remaining Titan II . "Jim" our guide spoke with such passion left us wondering what role he may have played in this incredible history. When you return to the surface they take time to answer your questions. This tour is family friendly and the kids will enjoy it.

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