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H I S T O R Y

AND HERITAGE OF PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE

 

The Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum is Colorado’s oldest aviation museum. We preserve and portray the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Space Force Base.
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VISITOR INFORMATION

The Museum will be closed to visitors on Friday, October 7th.

Museum staff will not accept visitor pass requests for this day.  We will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, October 11th. 2022.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors due to this closure.

Welcome to the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum, Colorado’s oldest aviation museum! We preserve and portray the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Space Force Base. From our barnstormer beginnings in the Roaring Twenties, through the daring exploits of our World War II pilots and into the modern space era, our exhibits are sure to capture your attention.

Awarded Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

This website is sponsored by the Peterson Air & Space Museum Foundation, which is a non-federal entity.

Neither the United States Air Force nor the Department of Defense express or imply endorsement of the Peterson Air & Space Museum Foundation.


Museum Tour & Aerial Photos

Welcome to the Award Winning Peterson Air and Space Museum, Colorado’s oldest Aviation Museum.

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Our Photo Gallery contains images of our exhibits and some of the events over the years.

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Visitors Are Saying

I would like to personally thank you and your staff for arranging a tour of the Peterson Air and Space Museum for the senior leadership of the Marine Corps Judge Advocate community. We were impressed with both your facilities and the tours that we received. Thank you again for your efforts. They truly enhanced our conference. Brig Gen James Walker

U.S. Marine Corps

Our family is very into the annual roadtrips. This time we’ve dedicated a whole summer to driving all the way from New York to the West Coast, visiting numerous different museums along the way, including this one.” Lt Gen Frank Klotz (ret)

Ass’t Vice Chief of Staff, USAF

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150 E. Ent Avenue Peterson SFB CO 80914-1303 staff@petemuseum.org

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! The City Terminal (Bldg 981), one of the Peterson Museum's historic structures, was constructed in 1941/1942 by W.T. Mitchell and Son for a cost of $19,875.00

Shortly after the establishment of Colorado Springs Army Air Base in May of 1942 at the site of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Bldg 981 saw use as a Station Headquarters, Base Operations, Special Services, and Army Emergency Relief office. The building was used in these capacities until the deactivation of the base in December 1945.

From 1951 to 1976, Bldg 981 housed several activities such as Headquarters 4600th Air Base Group, a safety office, a flying training scheduling office, a Thrift Shop, an Airman's Club and an Officer's Open Mess Annex.

In July 1976, the year of Colorado's Centennial and our nation's Bi-Centennial, Bldg 981 was converted into the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Visitor Center. Public tours of NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Complex began and ended at Bldg 981. Visitors could also view displays of US Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft used in air defense of the North American continent.

On December 13th, 1981, Bldg 981 was dedicated as the Edward J. Peterson Museum in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the naming of Peterson Air Force Base. Establishment of the museum was at the request of Colonel Glenn Griffith, Commander, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing, Peterson AFB.. The request was approved by Brigadier General Richard Abel, Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters USAF, Washington DC, on April 28th 1981.

On August 25th, 1990, Bldg 981 was redesignated as the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum.

The mission of the museum is to preserve and portray the heritage, history, and missions of Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Historic District.The Airport Passenger Terminal in June 1943, at this time it was used as the Peterson Field Special Services office. It is now the main building for the Peterson Air and Space Museum and the entranceway to the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport historic district.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY!  The City Terminal (Bldg 981), one of the Peterson Museums historic structures, was constructed in 1941/1942 by W.T. Mitchell and Son for a cost of $19,875.00

Shortly after the establishment of Colorado Springs Army Air Base in May of 1942 at the site of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Bldg 981 saw use as a Station Headquarters, Base Operations, Special Services, and Army Emergency Relief office.  The building was used in these capacities until the deactivation of the base in December 1945.

From 1951 to 1976, Bldg 981 housed several activities such as Headquarters 4600th Air Base Group, a safety office, a flying training scheduling office, a Thrift Shop, an Airmans Club and an Officers Open Mess Annex.

In July 1976, the year of Colorados Centennial and our nations Bi-Centennial, Bldg 981 was converted into the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Visitor Center.  Public tours of NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Complex began and ended at Bldg 981.  Visitors could also view displays of US Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft used in air defense of the North American continent.

On December 13th, 1981, Bldg 981 was dedicated as the Edward J. Peterson Museum in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the naming of Peterson Air Force Base.  Establishment of the museum was at the request of Colonel Glenn Griffith, Commander, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing, Peterson AFB..  The request was approved by Brigadier General Richard Abel, Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters USAF, Washington DC, on April 28th 1981.

On August 25th, 1990, Bldg 981 was redesignated as the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum.

The mission of the museum is to preserve and portray the heritage, history, and missions of Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Historic District.

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Words from Army General James Dickinson, the Commander of the United States Space Command, or USSPACECOM.

U.S. Space Command is the U.S combatant command that actively employs forces from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Space Force to accomplish the mission in space.

🛰🛰🛰 Space is the Place!🛰🛰🛰Happy World Space Week from #USSPACECOM! Every year, October 4th marks the first day of #WSW, commemorating the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite in 1957.
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Words from Army General James Dickinson, the Commander of the United States Space Command, or USSPACECOM.

U.S. Space Command is the U.S combatant command that actively employs forces from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Space Force to accomplish the mission in space.

🛰🛰🛰 Space is the Place!🛰🛰🛰
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