Titan Missile Museum

Back in August, we did an evening tour of the only accessible Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile site at the Titan Missile Museum.  It was impressive enough that we took our visiting parents and brother on Saturday to see it during the museum's 25th anniversary.

Titan II Missile in Tucson, AZ

Previously, we did the Moonlight Madness tour however those only run on select days during the summer so this time around we did a day tour. If you have the option, take the evening tour. While impressive during the day, the Titan II missile is even more impressive during the evening when it is lit up.  It's also more visible because the sun isn't reflecting off the viewing area.

Titan II Missile in Tucson, AZ

Cold War poster in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

We had an hour before our tour so we looked about the museum/store while we waited.  And goofed off a little....  This is our impression of a costume on display....

Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Leonids goofing off in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Restricted files in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
Restricted files and a miniature of the missile and what exists on each level surrounding the missile.

Overkill in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ Approximately 7 out of the 20 are estimated to potentially reach their targets.

Tour guide at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
One of our tour guides explaining which sections we'll be touring before we watched a short video.

Jeep at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Radar surveillance system at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ Radar Surveillance System

Leonids at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
My goofy husband, walking in front of my camera as I snap the picture...

Rocket engines at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
Rocket engines

Window reflection and sun glare over the Titan II Missile at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
See what I mean about the window glare?  During the Moonlight Madness tour you can see very clearly through the windows because the missile area is lit up.  And leaning against the glass is not quite so hot under the Arizona moon.

Observers of the the Titan II Missile in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
They're peering down the dome glass cover over the Titan II missile.

Elevator and stairs leading down the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
Elevator and stairs leading down to the missile area and control center.

55 steps down the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
55 steps down (they stress this because I think they get quite a few of the older generation doing the tours --in which case, if the 55 steps are a bit much, there's the elevator).

Video guy at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
Chuck Penson is the guy in the video you have to watch before the tour. He's also an archivist at the museum.

Control center in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
The control center.

Two man policy in the Titan II Missile Museum control center in Tucson, AZ

Control center in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Old fashioned tape reader in the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
They still used an old fashioned punched tape reader.

Top secret files in the control center at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Control Center at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Leonids in the control center at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ Maniacal laugh before destruction...?

Hallways through the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Titan II Missile at the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ
This missile was deactivated in 1982.  All other Titan II silos throughout the country were demolished (53 others).

Walking through the halls of the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

Costumes for the Titan II Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ

I did a search of the other 17 destroyed missile sites here in southern Arizona and apparently at some point, the museum had run a tour exploring some of the ruined missile sites. I'm hoping there'll be another in the near future, if not, we'll just have to do some of our own exploring!

Titan II Missile Museum

Address: 1580 W Duval Mine Rd Green Valley, AZ 85614
Fees: Adults $9.50, Seniors & Groups $ 8.50, Ages 7-12 $ 6.00, Children (6 and Under) Free
Hours: 8.45am – 5pm
Website: titan-ii.com

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