If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have your finger on the button of a nuclear missile, here’s your opportunity to find out. This deactivated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silo, called the Copper Penny, is now a museum—and is the only museum in the country that allows visitors to descend into a former missile silo. There’s a huge Titan missile on display, and, even without its nuclear warhead, it is a terrifying sight. The guided tours do a great job of explaining not only the ICBM system, but also what life was like for the people who worked here. Operated by the Pima Air & Space Museum, this museum is located 25 miles south of Tucson near the community of Green Valley. On the first and third Saturday of each month, there are Beyond the Blast Door tours, which take visitors into areas not on the normal tour. You can even spend the night in the silo; inquire at the Museum for details.
Titan Missile Museum
1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Sahuarita Hours Daily 8:45am–5:00pm; in summer 9:45am–4pm except Sat, 8:45am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Transportation Take I-19 south to Green Valley; take exit 69 west a half-mile to main entrance Phone 520/625-7736 Prices Admission $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $7 children 7–12; Beyond the Blast Door Tour $20 Web site Titan Missile Museum
Map1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita USA Tucson
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