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“Go to learn the importance of Malmstrom”

Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum
Ranked #7 of 33 things to do in Great Falls
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Owner description: Monday - Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm Closed all US Federal Holidays We are located on the East side of Great Falls, Montana at the east end of 2nd Ave North just inside the Malmstrom AFB main gate to the right. Because the Museum and Air Park are within the Malmstrom AFB perimeter, public access or non-US DoD cardholders will need to process through the Visitor Control Center located outside and just right of the 2nd Avenue Gate (6220 Goddard Dr.). A valid US or Canadian Driver's License or ID card is required for public access. Children 16 and over will require a valid photo ID (e.g., Driver's License, State or Gov't ID, School ID). Accompanied children less than 16 years of age, do not require an ID card for access. Non-US/Canadian Driver's License/ID Card holders may coordinate in advance as Passport or Visa clearances can take up to 72 business-hours to process for entry authorization. Group Visits and Special Arrangements may be coordinated by contacting the museum. Exterior Displays: F-101B/F, Voodoo; B-25J, Mitchell Bomber; EB-57 B/E, Canberra; F-84F, Thunderstreak; UH-IF, Huey (Iroquois); T-33, Shooting Star; KC-97G, Stratotanker; LGM-30G Minuteman III, ICBM; and more. Interior Displays: One of the largest military model aircraft displays in the northwest; World War II Era barracks room; Lend Lease Diorama; Air Defense Weapons, SAGE Computer, Flight suit and Survival Equipment displays; Minuteman I and II missile launch control consoles; Minuteman Launch Facility cutaway; Minuteman III Post Boost Control System; MM II Re-Entry vehicle; Army Air Corps and US Air Force uniform display; Lewis and Clark Portage Map of Great Falls, Montana. Visitors may also view a Minuteman Missile system video highlighting current missile field operations, maintenance and sustainment.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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342 reviews
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“Go to learn the importance of Malmstrom”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Museum & staff are great. Super planes, helicopters, and missiles on display. All free. The strategic importance of Malmstrom is detailed. Base mission has changed over the years, but still remains significant in maintaining national defense .

Visited May 2013
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English first
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“base”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Cool place, if you get a chance to go thru the museums in the base a great place to visit, and the guide their was great...

Visited April 2013
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Gainesboro, Tennessee
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“Love this place”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

It is a Must See visit if you are in the Great Falls area. The historical significance of Malmstrom is pretty darn amazing, and of course if you have an Air Force connection, you are in for a real treat. The docents at the museum are all retired military and many of them are former pilots, so they share from their life experiences as well as walk you through the museum.

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San Jose, California
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“Malmstrom AFB Heritage Center”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Museum portrays the base history from 1942 to 2012 covering the flying training mission and then the Minuteman Missile history from 1961 to present. Outside static displays of many different aircraft

Visited October 2012
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Medford, MA
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“Informative. Good stop for aviation & weapons buffs”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stopped here mainly for my husband (he loves all things aviation), but I found it surprisingly interesting. He loved all the planes, vehicles, rocket, helicopter on display outside on the grounds, along with the displays of the control centers inside the museum itself. I, on the other hand, was fascinated by the information about these weapons that I didn't really know were even there. Not about the weapons themselves per se, but learning about the methodology in place for supporting them--the staff, the preparation, the practice, etc. A surprisingly interesting stop.

Oh, and yes, I must say--you do need to add time for getting through security at the base. There were a number of people in front of us waiting to get in for one reason or another. It was a good 20-25 minutes of either waiting in line or waiting while our info was being checked. Ehh, it was vacation, so not the end of the world. But do allow time.

Visited September 2012
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