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Harry Bennett
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From: St. Pete, FL USA
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posted 07-07-2007 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any way that a civilian such as myself could gain access to tour the U.S. Space & Missile Museum at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station? It's my understanding you can/could go through the museum on the VIP tour, but time is limited.

mikej
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posted 07-08-2007 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum page, you can call to arrange a tour (if you have 15 or more people).

The museum is also accessible through the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Then and Now Tour. I took this tour in the summer of 2004; at that time, the stop at the museum was on the order of 20 to 30 minutes.

Harry Bennett
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posted 07-08-2007 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had read on here that you can get in via the Then & Now tour, but I'd like to spend more than 30 minutes there. Another option I heard from a retired friend that lives in Cocoa is they hold a vintage car show there once a year and the museum is open then all day. That's another option that I need to check into.

Thanks for all the help so far!

GACspaceguy
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posted 07-09-2007 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have taken the Then and Now tour a number of time just to be able to see the museum. I agree the 20 to 30 minutes they give you is just not enough.

There was one time when I was there that I had a conversation with one of the volunteers (docents). That person said they were always looking for more volunteers for the museum. You may want to inquire about volunteering and that would get you plenty of time there.

It could be a win win (apart from having to drive across Florida to get there) you get to spend time at the museum and they get someone with interest and knowledge of restorations. With the state of the corrosion on some of the vehicles they could use some TLC.

Harry Bennett
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posted 07-09-2007 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a thought. In fact, I'm going to shoot them an email and find out more. Thanks for pointing out something I overlooked.

SpaceCat
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posted 09-04-2008 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last I inquired, it was not possible for the public to visit this museum independently by driving in the South Gate. It had to be done by bus tour through the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

I'm 100 miles downrange; perhaps someone in the area can clue us in?

SpaceAholic
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posted 07-07-2009 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you know of anybody in the area who is either Active Duty or Retired military they can escort you onboard and to the facility.

kr4mula
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posted 11-25-2009 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if this is still the case? I'll be visiting the area and would like to take my family to the museum, but without doing the tour (my kids are too young to sit through it).

As an Air Force civilian (elsewhere), I can normally escort people onto a base, but wasn't sure if Cape Canaveral AFS had different rules. I've tried contacting them directly, but haven't had any luck.

tncmaxq
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posted 08-15-2010 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whatever happened to that pad 19 white room they used for the Gemini missions? Can you go inside that, or at least get close enough to take a good picture during the bus tour?

AFGAS
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posted 08-16-2010 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AFGAS   Click Here to Email AFGAS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some pictures I took a couple years ago. When I visited last month, little had changed except for some chains to indicate "Do Not Enter."

At one point they had a Gemini mockup to refurbish and place inside, but so far it is not there.

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