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Peterson Air & Space Museum

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The Peterson Air & Space Museum is staffed by amazing, knowledgeable, and friendly docents. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shanley L
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Focusing on the Cold War and Aerospace

I always enjoy visiting Air & Space Museums, no matter where they are, in Washington DC or Ashland... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The museum is open to the public even though the museum is on an active Air Force installation. All that is required is for non-military ID card holders and groups to call us or submit a request on our web site a minimum of one day in advance of...more
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150 E Ent Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80914-1255
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 April 2005

We enjoyed our visit to the Peterson AFB air & space museum. There is a small museum with neat displays plus outside there are large, real airplanes and rockets from around the world! The museum is free, they are closed on Sun & Mon. We...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 November 2013

I wasted a half day when I drove to the Air Force Base to visit this museum only to find that I needed to apply for a visitors's pass 24 hours before a visit. I fully understand and appreciate Base security, but the museum's website...More

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Eblong, PASM Foundation Officer at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

We are very sorry that you were not able to visit the museum. We do welcome non-DoD visitors, and Peterson Air Force Base, recognizing the significance of our Museum to non-military personnel, has made arrangements to ensure Non-DoD personnel can visit, with one work-day's advance...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Peterson Air & Space Museum is staffed by amazing, knowledgeable, and friendly docents. The amount of knowledge and passion that they guide you through the three sections of the tour are outstanding. The exhibit is informational and is a neat look into history.

Thank Shanley L
GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for the kind words! We certainly enjoy volunteering at the Museum and meeting people and families who are as enthusiastic as we are about the history of air defense in America and around the world.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always enjoy visiting Air & Space Museums, no matter where they are, in Washington DC or Ashland, Nebraska, or Colorado Springs, Colorado, or Rapid City, South Dakota. The Peterson Air & Space Museum is the first one I've visited that didn't have an SR-71,...More

Thank Taylor B
GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for a very comprehensive review of our museum! We’re very glad you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outdoor museum for retired aircraft that served as front-line aircraft in the Cold-War defense of North America. Many docents are retired pilots who can tell the story of the aircraft. The hangar has a well-restored P-47 from WWII and displays showing missile launch center. Be...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the comprehensive review. And you’re absolutely right. Since the museum is at the center of an active Air Force Base, at least 24 hours notice is required for those visitors without a DOD identification card. A visitor pass can be requested by following...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit of effort to get a visitor pass to enter the Air Force base. The museum and staff are top notch. Very knowledgeable volunteer guides. Our guide was actually the navigator on the Lockheed EC-121T. Definitely sign up for a guided tour to get...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for the kind words, and the good advice for future visitors! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

The British retired Master Sargeant gave us an incredible, very personalized tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Facinating facts and worthwhile information about our Air defense systems.More

Thank Leslie R
GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We’re glad you enjoyed your time at the Museum, even considering the occasional snow showers! Our resident Brit appreciates your compliment, and says he thoroughly enjoyed your inputs and stories about your military family connections. Hope to see you again soon, especially the Army members...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

A guided tour with knowledgeable docents. Got to see the interior of a Lockheed EC-121T "Warning Star" aircraft. Learned about the civilian and military aviation history of Colorado Springs. A camera is recommended as the field is well laid out and is very attractive. We...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thanks for the compliments! Your estimate is right on the mark for a thorough tour of all we have to show off, but of course, if you want to spend longer with us, that’s easily done!

Reviewed 8 October 2018

Peterson aire base was named for the first P-38 pilot who died here. Much history from after WW2 to today. There are open views of missile launch facilities and MX and minuteman missels. The restored "Connie" is a fascinating look at the first radar spy...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thanks very much for your review! We’ve worked hard to make the on-line clearance process as simple as possible, so glad you found it easy. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Visit the website first for instructions to get a visitor pass at least a day before your visit as this museum is on Peterson AFB. The process went smoothly. The museum building is in a wonderful Art Deco building that was the old terminal building....More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Thanks for taking time to write a review. We’re really glad you enjoyed your visit, and I’ll certainly pass your compliments on to Gus. (And I completely agree that he’s a wealth of knowledge! The discussions that we have in the docent office between visitors...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018

My husband was transported to his Air Force days and along with Gus Freyer (docent extraordinaire) were filled with stories (and back stories), details and specifics about EC121D. The museum seems to be staffed with ex-military with many personal stories to share as well as...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for your review, and we completely agree with your description of Gus as “docent extraordinaire”! Most of our docents have military experience, and this forms the basis for the stories that are associated with the exhibits. As you said, most of the aircraft...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

The National Museum of the USAF has several “satellite” facilities around the country. This is easily one of the best, if not THE best, of them. The reason being is that the main USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio covers everything, whereas the smaller facilities tend...More

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GHJr, Docent at Peterson Air & Space Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed review! You are correct about the visitor pass request having to be submitted the day before the visit. This is because the museum is in the middle of the base, and our visitors are...More

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Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
As I am a retired U. S. Army officer, all I had to do was show my military retiree ID card at the gate and drive straight ahead to the museum which will eventually be on your left. You'll see a Mustang fighter aircraft on... More
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