"Duck and Cover!" Bomb shelters, the Berlin Wall, weekly tests of the Emergency Broadcast System, the piercing sounds of air raid sirens, and the Space Race. These are the hallmarks of the "Cold War" era. The Titan Missile Museum takes you back there with surprising accuracy in a very engaging way.
The museum opens at 8:45 and the tours start at 9:00 am and are every hour on the hour with the last tour at 4:00.
The price is $9.50 for adults, $6.00 for kids 7-18, kids 6 and under are free. If you are part of a school group or homeschool group, you can actually arrange a tour for free. Tours are limited to 25 people.
The tour begins with a video about the Cold War Era and the history of the Titan Missile and the missile facilities. After the 15 minute video, you are escorted 35 feet below the ground by a guide (our guide was fantastic!) Most people took the stairs, but one of the other guides let me and my younger kids ride the elevator down, the elevator was as slow as molasses but they loved it!
Once underground, you are given a brief history of how the facility is built to protect against a nuclear blast and how the people working there would survive. Next you go to the operation room where all the excitement happens (if you call being locked underground for 24 hours waiting for special codes to come over the airwaves exciting) For my kids it was actually very exciting as they got to “launch” the missile. The guide took my kids through the steps to launch the missile, including retrieving the code from the airwaves, writing it down, entering it into the control panel and then turning the keys to launch a ground burst missile (now is the time to duck and cover!).
The last part of the tour involves walking down a long underground corridor and finally ending up in the room with a real Titan Missile. Once you are back above ground you can actually view the missile from above, and amazing sight to behold for sure!
This is a hidden gem in the Tucson area and anybody going through Tucson should make it a point to stop here for a wonderful experience.
The Titan Missile Museeum in my opinion was very interesting. The entry fee was decent and our guide did speak a litle fast but other than that alot of Great history. The actual missile is still there, they take you down stairs and you can actually see it, it's pretty awesome. Totally recommend it.
This is a great little day trip and a very interesting piece of history. It's better suited for slightly older kids (I would say maybe 6 and up depending on their interests). This is the only Titan II missile open to the public in the country, so it's definitely a unique experience. They offer both 1 hour and 5 hour tours depending on your needs, interests, and attention spans :)