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“Best Cold War Museum”

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.
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Standing next to the giant beast of a Titan II missile is a sobering experience. (Even if it is inert.) To think how we could have easily destroyed civilization and the planet, with the push of a button and the turn of a few keys.

I took the extended "Beyond the blast doors," tour. I highly recommend it.
The simulated launch alone was worth the price of admission.

You can read about the Cold War in history books, or you get up close and personal with the awesome power that kept the peace. Take it from this former: "Cold War Warrior," this museum is worth the drive.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

It's worth going because you can't see a Titan Missile in it's Silo anywhere else. There is a short tour of about an hour:

1. Short presentation on the site
2. Go down into the site and view the control room
3. Walk the underground tunnel to the missile
4. View the missile in it's silo
5. Come back out from underground and view the missile silo blast door and the missile from the ground.

It's definitely unique and worth going to.

1  Thank ConstantTraveller74
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

My family and I took a day trip to the museum from Phoenix on a Saturday in early June. Easy drive with our 15 year old son. The tour starts with a short and very informative film to introduce the background of missile silos in the U.S. The film was extremely well done and really introduced what we were about to see and put it into context. Folks 5'10" and over are required to wear a hard hat into the actual missile site. Very low ceilings in some areas, so tall folks will need some protection. There is an elevator for anyone not able to take the 5 levels of stairs in or out of the silo. I'm not in great shape, but founf the stairs in and out very manageable. Our group consisted of about 20 adult-sized folks and sometimes it was a tight squeeze and somewhat claustrophobic, but if that bothers you, I suggest you hang to the back of your group when the guide stops to point out features of the museum. We visited the control room, where the guide walked through the actual procedure that would have been followed if the missile ever had to be fired. Really interesting stuff! We walked through the tunnel that connects the control room to the actual silo and learned how the unique design of the building protected it from attacks or earthquakes...I'll tease it and say part of the structure is actually suspended on multiple HUGE springs! the missile is easily visible and my son got some great pics. Tourists can't walk out on the platforms that surround the missile, but it's set up so you get a good view of the missile and the silo. Bob was our tour guide and did an outstanding job with the tour...he was very interesting and laid out some wonderful facts about this particular site! One of the best things about the museum is that it does not promote war at all, but presents it as a very awesome responsibility and reminds citizens that nuclear war is really self-destruction. Highly recommend a visit!

1  Thank Sher N
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

A great experience and chance to travel back to the early 60s and tour a real nuclear missile launch site. This is the only one remaining in the US so if your in the area you should not miss this unique opportunity. The staff was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The idea is to deter war, not prevoke it. This is a fun tour for anyone who ever wondered about what an underground missile silo is all about. The tour guide (docent) is very knowledgeable and tells a great interactive story on how the missile silos of the cold war era were a deterrent to another world war. The message is clear and the transfer of knowledge is well done. Take the time and you will enjoy yourself.

Thank JimmyChuck1948
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