Our Story

Guided by the past, but pushing toward the future, the story of Wings Over the Rockies is still being written.
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Wings Over the Rockies is a diverse community organization dedicated to unlocking our visitors’ dreams of flight through exhibitions, events and educational programming at two locations: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and Exploration of Flight. Each year these two locations welcome approximately 160,000 visitors representing all 50 U.S. states and 34 countries.

Transferred from the United States Air Force to a group of volunteers in 1994, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located in Hangar 1 of the former Lowry Air Force Base in eastern Denver, Colorado. Today, the museum boasts more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to displaying iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, military uniforms and much more.

Located roughly 19 miles south of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Exploration of Flight is a 15-acre campus set on one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation. Through aviation-focused events, programming and exhibits, Exploration of Flight offers an immersive, educational experience for those fascinated by flight, and a unique perspective for those already in the industry.

One Organization | Two Locations

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Vision

To inspire innovation and action for the next generation of aviation and space explorers.

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Mission

To educate, inspire, and excite all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future.

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Values

Passion. Integrity. Teamwork. Curiosity. Honor.

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Our History

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Air & Space Museum

When Lowry Air Force Base closed in 1994, a small group of volunteers formed the Wings Over the Rockies museum using loaned aircraft from the US Air Force Museum. 

Wings Over the Rockies became Colorado’s official air and space museum in 1997. The collection expanded and diversified to include spacecraft and civilian aircraft. In 2011, the museum got a new entrance area and the enormous Boeing B-52 was raised onto pedestals. Now the museum offers amazing interactive experiences alongside world-class historical exhibits. Wings is becoming recognized as one of the best aviation and space museums in the world. 

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Exploration of Flight

In 2014, Wings Over the Rockies broke ground for its second location, the Exploration of Flight campus at Centennial Airport. Exploration of Flight opened in July 2018, followed in 2019 by the Colorado SKIES Academy, an aerospace-focused middle school.

Now the Air & Space Museum along with the Exploration of Flight campus hums with realistic flight simulators, awe-inspiring interactive experiences and world-class historical exhibits. The two locations have combined to make Wings Over the Rockies the home of one of the best aviation and space facilities in the world.

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Explore our exhibits and tours

Find the exhibit that piques your interest, or schedule one of our many tour options.

Museum Tours

Get the inside info on everything in our museum. Schedule a personalized tour that educates and entertains.

Virtual Tours

Experience the same full-length tour that is available on-site using Zoom video conference software.

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Guided Tour

Enjoy an engaging walking tour through the hangar with a knowledgeable museum docent.

Self Guided

Use our maps and suggested itineraries to explore the museum at your own pace.

School Field Trips

From kindergarten to college, students of all ages receive a fun, educational museum experience.

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