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“Neat Stop” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Las Cruces
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Owner description: The White Sands Missile Range reminds the visitor of the momentous events of 1945 and how a bomb ended World War II.
Phoenix, Arizona
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80 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Neat Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

This museum was a nice stop. If you're adding to a collection of historic and interesting sites in America, this is a good one. Like another reviewers said, this museum does not have the actual white sands to play in- as it is on an active military testing site. I wouldn't recommend driving to this place as a destination, but is is a nice stop and an interesting notch on your tour belt.

Visited December 2013
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Rio Rancho,NM, United States
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“Relaxing Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

Thought it was really neat being able to check out some of our past defense's from the military and also learned a little about astronauts.

Visited June 2014
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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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“Very Interesting and Free!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped here on our way to White Sands Park, mostly as my husband thought it might be interesting. I'll admit I was not really interested in the missiles before I went, but ended up finding it a great place! It is only a few miles off the highway, well worth a stop. Check their website for open times, it does close at 4 p.m., so plan accordingly. We spent an hour and a half here, but could have been there longer.

You do have to have ID to be admitted to the base. The museum is just inside the base entrance near Las Cruces. As others advised, we parked in a small lot just outside the entrance, and walked to the museum. One thing that was confusing was the security, there was a booth for vehicles, but not on the sidewalk, so we just kept on walking, and a security guard chased us down to check our ID's. So do be sure and stop at the booth for clearance. You can take photos only of the displays, nowhere else on base.

The museum consists of an outdoor missile display, a building housing the V-2 rocket, and another building with the rest of the museum, all near each other. There is a concrete path with signs for the outdoor missiles, so if you stop and read the info, it takes awhile to walk through them. The museum itself has a lot of info that requires a lot of reading, so kids might not enjoy this part. There is also a room where you can choose videos and watch them. We only watched one, but it was good. There are also rooms with local history info, I spent awhile reading some of the oral histories told by the pioneer women.

I was particularly interested to see the Patriot missile, and the Fatboy replica from WWII.

There are water fountains in both buildings, and restrooms in the museum building.

Visited June 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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705 reviews
171 attraction reviews
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“worth a detour for adults”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were on our way from Las Cruces to Alamogordo when we stopped at this interesting little museum. It displays lots of history and tidbits about the base and the missiles. There's an inside with artifacts that you will remember if you're over 60, and there are missiles and rockets outside. (Children may find the inside exhibits boring, but we enjoyed them.) The museum is just inside the gate - you park your car, show the guard your ID and walk to the museum.

Visited May 2014
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Arvada, Colorado
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“Visit to the Missile Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

We visited the Missile Museum located at the north gate of the base. We did access from El Paso and drove through the base. If you come in from the north, just as soon as you go through the security gate the museum and outdoor display are on your left. They have a great outdoor display, an indoor German V2 rocket display and additional things in their indoor museum

Visited May 2014
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