Visitor Center Information
The center was built with donated and borrowed funds totaling $4.5 million. The private organizations that donated the building to the Air Force named it in honor of retired Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater, an avid supporter of the academy. The facility opened its doors in June 1986.
The 31,600-square-foot building contains exhibits, a snack bar and a gift shop. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve Day, and New Year’s Day. Self-guided tour maps and information on the Academy are available at the information desk. For additional information call the front desk at 719-333-2025.
As a courtesy to visitors wheelchairs are provided for use within the Visitor Center, however, they cannot be taken out of the facility. ALL PERSONNEL NEEDING ASSISTANCE IN WALKING MUST HAVE THEIR OWN WHEELCHAIR FOR USE OUTSIDE OF THE VISITOR CENTER.
A 14-minute movie highlighting the academy experience is shown throughout the day in the 250-seat theater. The exhibit area features displays on history and cadet life with specially designed exhibits to explain the academy’s four “pillars of excellence.” These refer to the four areas of the cadet training program: character development, academic, athletic, and military training.
The 5,652-square-foot exhibit area includes video and static displays, a hometown map, and a historical exhibit featuring information on Academy history, current and former superintendents and other significant features of the Academy’s history.
Members of your group with active or retired military ID cards will receive a discount in the Visitor Center Falcon Store Gift Shop. Call 719-472-0102, or Toll Free at 800-955-4438 or visit www.goairforcefalcons.com.
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