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The Peterson Air & Space Museum started in 1982 as the NORAD Visitor Center (North American Aerospace Defense command)– a starting point for visitors who boarded buses to take them from Peterson Air Force Base to the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. It was contained in one small building—the original airport passenger terminal for the City of Colorado Springs. By 1996, all of Colorado Springs’ original Municipal Airport buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That same year, Colorado designated those buildings as a state historic district. Today, the Peterson Museum is located right in the center of that 8.3 acre historic district on Peterson Air Force Base. The original Passenger Terminal, City Hangar and Broadmoor Hangar all have exhibits inside and anchor our award winning airpark.

The Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum is one of only 12 United States Air Force Field museums. All of our heritage items are part of the United States Air Force’s Heritage collection. We proudly preserve and display these items for everyone—civilian and military.

Aerial view of the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum today
Photo by Harris Photography Services


Acquire, preserve and exhibit the significant history, heritage and traditions that keep alive the stories of our civilian aviation history and our military service men and women for all generations.


Make Peterson Air and Space Museum the premier small Air Force Field Museum.

Peterson Air and Space Museum Foundation