Learn about the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Air Force Base. The mission of the Peterson Air & Space Museum is to acquire, preserve and exhibit the significant history, heritage and traditions that keep alive the stories of civilian aviation history and military service men and women for all generations.
Exhibits feature the WWII Peterson Army Air Base, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, US Air Force and Army Air Defense Commands and the US Air Force Space Command. The Museum’s Airpark collection includes 16 aircraft and five missiles.
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 the award winning airpark.
The Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum is one of only 12 United States A