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Wings Over The Rockies, Denver, Colorado

wings over rockies 2We decided to visit  ‘The Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum’ to fill a couple of spare hours before going on to nearby Denver Airport to fly home. It was certainly a good choice as there were all sorts of planes to see, a section about space exploration and some interesting side exhibits.

The museum is housed in a large hanger of the former Lowry Air Force Base, so there is plenty of room for children to excitedly wander around.

A hit with both children and adults is the near life size model of a XWing Fighter from Star Wars!  Children also loved the giant earthball.  It makes a great picture if you manage to kneel in front of it in an Atlas pose so that it looks if you are holding up the earth.

Suitable for 3+   Allow 2-3 hours

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, Denver
Admission: under 3 Free. reduced rates for 4-12, 65+, military and veterans
Museum may close to prepare for special events – check on the website for dates it is closed
Facilities: shop
Website: www.wingsmuseum.org

There are planes to wander around on the floor and other types of flying contraptions hanging in the air.  You can see inside a mock up of a a mock-up of a proposed command module for Space Station Freedom, and look inside airplane cockpits.

wings over rockiesDotted around are informative notices and lots of hand-on displays. This one explains how the Nieuport 28, shown above, was constructed.

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The side exhibits cover all aspects of aviation such as aeronautical equipment, uniforms, memorials, and general flight information.

I wandered up into the old observation tower which has interesting pictures taken of the view across to downtown Denver when the base was operational and now. It makes you realise how rapidly Denver has grown in the last few years.

 


Getting There Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, Denver,  CO
approximately 6 miles east of downtown Denver at Lowry
Google see map or get directions

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