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Arizona Military History Museums Directory

390th Memorial Museum
390th Memorial Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA
Arizona Military Museum
Arizona Military Museum
5636 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing
Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing
2017 N Greenfield Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215, USA
Fort Bowie
Fort Bowie
3500 Apache Pass Rd, Bowie, AZ 85605, USA
Fort Huachuca
Fort Huachuca
Sierra Vista, AZ 85613, USA
Fort Verde State Historic Park
Fort Verde State Historic Park
125 E Hollamon St, Camp Verde, AZ 86322, USA
Fort Verde State Historic Park in the town of Camp Verde, Arizona is a small park that attempts to preserve parts of the Apache Wars-era fort as it appeared in the 1880s. The park was established in 1970 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places a year later. Settlers in the mid-19th century near the Verde River grew corn and other crops with the prospect of getting good prices from nearby Prescott, which was the territorial capital, and from nearby miners. The rapid increase in population for the mining economy disrupted the hunting and gathering environments of the local Native American tribes, the Dilzhe'e Apache and Yavapai. In turn, they raided the farmers' crops for food. The farmers requested military protection from the United States Army and, in 1865, although Arizona was still only a territory, the infantry arrived. They set up several posts over the next few years: 1865, a small camp five miles (8 km) south of what is today Camp Verde. 1866-1871, Camp Lincoln, a mile north of today's Fort Verde. 1871-1873, Camp Verde, built gradually from 1871 to 1873. 1879, Camp Verde, renamed Fort Verde 1891, Fort Verde abandoned 1899, sold at public auction After approximately 1,500 local natives were placed on a reservation by 1872, the army's role changed from protecting the settlers to ensuring that the Indians stayed on the reservation. The last major military engagement with uprising natives took place in 1882 at the Battle of Big Dry Wash. The fort was never enclosed by walls or stockades, and it never saw fighting on site. At its height, it consisted of twenty-two buildings, only four of which survived until 1956, when local citizens created a small museum in the administration building. They later donated the buildings and ten acres (40,000 m²) as a State Park. Some of the buildings were built with pice, which is large adobe slabs cast within wooden frames, rather than assembled from the more familiar individual adobe bricks. (Source: Wikipedia)
Lauridsen Aviation Museum
Lauridsen Aviation Museum
Buckeye, AZ 85326, USA
Military Intelligence Soldier Heritage Learning Center
Military Intelligence Soldier Heritage Learning Center
143 Grierson Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85613, USA
Picacho Peak Battlefield
Picacho Peak Battlefield
Picacho Peak, Arizona 85141, USA
Pima Air & Space Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA
The Pima Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 and today is the third largest aviation museum in the world. The museum has 80 acres, exhibiting around 400 aircraft and 125,000 artifacts (not including the archives and photo collection). The museum attracts more than 170,000 visitors annually, and houses its own aircraft restoration shop. The Pima Air and Space Museum also offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Known as the “Boneyard,” it is the world’s largest military aircraft storage facility. The museum is also home to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. The Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) offers Pima Air and Space Museum visitors a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with noteworthy Arizona aviators. Housed in the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery, AAHOF is a permanent shrine to Arizonans who have played a role in or made a significant contribution to aviation and aerospace history. (Description sourced with permission from Pima Air & Space Museum website)
Planes of Fame Air Museum (Valle)
Planes of Fame Air Museum (Valle)
755 S Mustang Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046, USA
Titan Missile Museum
Titan II Missile
Titan Missile Museum
1580 W Duval Mine Rd, Green Valley, AZ 85614, USA

At the Titan Missile Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved Titan II missile site, officially known as complex 571-7, is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987.

This one-of-a kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. What was once one of America’s most top secret places is now a National Historic Landmark, fulfilling its new mission of bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world.

45-MINUTE GUIDED TOUR

Go underground and back in time on the 45-minute guided tour. You’ll descend 35 feet into the missile complex, visit the launch control center, and experience a simulated launch of the missile. Then you’ll journey down the cableway to level 2 of the missile silo to get an up-close look at the Titan II missile itself. This tour lets you experience Cold War paranoia and American ingenuity while walking in the footsteps of the brave men and women who operated America’s largest land-based missile ever deployed.

*Note: Visitors who are not able to descend and climb 55 stair steps for the guided tour can still enjoy the surface portion of the missile site.

SELF-GUIDED TOPSIDE TOUR

Guests are encouraged to explore the surface of the complex after their tour of the silo. On the topside, visitors will see the alarm systems, known as tipsies, that secured the missile silo door, get to look at the engine up-close, and more. There is also a spectacular view of the missile from up above! Looking down into the 146-foot missile silo you will see the Titan II Missile standing tall as it did on Alert for over 20 years.

Description has been provided courtesy of the Titan Missile Museum

Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center
Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center
301 C, Yuma, AZ 85365, USA
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