Titan Missile Museum
1580 West Duval Mine Road, Tucson, AZ, USA
Titan Missile Museum Tucson Reviews
Relic of the Cold War May 08, 2011
The Cold War and the threat of a nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union is now nothing more than a few pages in the history book. If you have the desire to get up close to a Titan missile that would have been used in that war, the Titan Missile Museum is that chance. Most of the Titan Missiles in the United States have been destroyed, but this one--formerly a training missile and not the actual missile that was originally in this silo--remains as a teaching instrument of one of the scariest moments that this planet has ever seen.
A tour here will take you around the grounds of the silo complex, which is very unassuming and boring. If you didn't know that you were on a missile silo, the only thing here to even clue in on that fact would be the fencing around the facility.
Then you get to go down into the silo and see the missile up close, and you go into the command room for the silo as well. They run you through what it would have been like had the order come in to launch the missile. This sounds exciting, but all it is, is lights on a panel lighting up signifying each stage the missile was going through, with the last light indicating that the missile had launched. Our tour guide had served on the base at one time, so he had lots of stories to tell about what life was like serving in the silo, both first hand and from others he knew. He was told that from the command room, there would be no noise of the missile launching.
For movie buffs, this is where Star Trek: First Contact was filmed at when Zephram Cochran launched his first warp drive space ship.
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Informative, worthwhile tour of the Titan II Missile Museum Apr 23, 2010
If you are in the Tucson area, visiting the Titan Missile Museum is a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours. It is a great tour for families, couples, out of town guests, tourists, individuals etc. Desire and I took a trip a few weeks ago and thouroughly enjoyed our couple of hours there.
The museum is a drive outside of Tucson City Limits, but a worthwhile trip, highly recommended for a half day or day trip. This missile site was built as a retaliatory strike facility designed to be able to launch a missile in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States.
Our tour began with the viewing of a short movie to get us oriented to what will happen next. After the movie orientation, our knowledgeable guide Jim took us through the heavy silo doors to the surface unit. It has the jet fueling station, jet engine and all the equipment used to maintain and fuel the missiles. From the surface unit, we proceeded down a flight of 55 stairs to the viewing deck where we saw the living quarters and control room. Of course not every one might be able to go down a flight of 55 steps, so an elevator is available as an alternative.
There is only one titan II missile housed here, the other 53 gone. Perhaps you will have the pleasure of having Jim as your guide. His passion and knowledge of the history makes him the best of them all. It is hard to tell if he played a major role in military history of the country, of the missile or if he is just a passionate worker who takes time to learn and retain information about his job. He may indulge you if you ask (time permitting). Many of the tour guides are actual retired Air Force veterans who worked at this site in the 1950s – 60s, when the other 53 missiles were in operation.
How to get there:
Drive out of Tucson to Interstate 19, take exit 69 for about half a mile Duval Mine Road.
Hourly guided tours from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Closed on Christmas & Thanksgiving days. First come first serve basis.
Adults (13 – 62 years old) - $9.50 per person
Children (7-12 years old) - $6.00 per child
Seniors (62 years+) - $8.50 per person
Children under the age of 7 enter Free
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Part of the list National Historic Landmarks
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