Air Force Space & Missile Museum

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Timings : It is open 9 AM-2 PM Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM Saturday, and noon-4 PM Sunday

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The Air Force Space and Missile Museum, Orlando is situated at the Launch Complex 26 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum includes artifacts that start from the early American space program and it also has an outdoor area that displays rockets, missiles, and space-related equipment that records the space and missile history of the US Air Force and all of its military branches. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum is open to the public as it is a part of the "Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour" that the Kennedy Space Center offers to its public and its Visitor Complex is open four days per week. The museum tours were also offered by the Air Force Space Wing Community Relations office for free until 2013.

The Sands Space History Center (which was known as the United States Air Force Space and Missile History Center) is an additional museum which is a part of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum which is outside gate 1 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, it was available to the public on August 14, 2010. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum is found in a 3,200-square-foot facility and it highlights the progress and the events of the space program. The museum features attractions which account for the story about each of the launch pads that were used and its establishment back in the late 1950’s as the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum contain artifacts dating back to the early 1950s and it also includes the parts to launch vehicles and various control systems.

Other than the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, tourists can also visit the sister museum which is located at inner gates of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Air Force Space and Missile Museum does not require any special arrangements or a tour to visit.

When the Air Force Space and Missile Museum had launched it had many outdoor exhibits, which now due to weather and degradation have been shifted inside. Most of the items kept out were functional instruments. The area where they had displayed these items is known as the "Rocket Garden'' which had provided a large, open-air exhibit area. After a few years due to degradation getting worse, these degrading artifacts were taken out from the outdoor display, professionally restored, and returned to an immaculate appearance. Towards the end of that year-long process, The historic Hangar C was allowed to become a future public display area. It was the oldest hangar on the Cape for a time as they had served as a central missile assembly facility for nearly all of the Cape launch activities. When the Air Force Space & Missile Museum had decided that Hangar C would serve as the main display area for most of the museum's artifacts, it had undergone a massive renovation to make it suitable and safe for public access. In 2020 the public tours that were done by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex had started making stops at Hangar C to promote the newly introduced "Rise to Space'' tour. The Air Force Space and Missile Museum provides a volunteer staff, out of which most of whom are veteran space and missile professionals, to act as interpreters.

 

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