The Cold War Museum was founded in 1996 by Francis Gary Powers Jr., son of the famed U-2 Pilot, and John Welch to preserve Cold War history, honor Cold War veterans, and educate future generations about the Cold War and its legacy.
Since 2011, the Museum has been located at Vint Hill, Virginia, on the grounds of the former Vint Hill Farms Station, also known as Monitoring Station No. 1, which was a Top Secret Army signals intelligence base during WWII and the Cold War. The Museum shares a campus with Old Bust Head Brewery, our partner for our Presentation Series events, and the Vint Hill Winery.
The Museum also comprises Midwest and Berlin chapters, and Gary Power's Jr.'s traveling exhibit on the U-2 Incident of 1960. Artifacts from the Cold War museum are also on display in institutions such as the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C..
Our collections are particularly strong in signals intelligence (SIGINT), image intelligence (IMINT), the history of Vint Hill during both WWII and the Cold War, Cold War Berlin, Civil Defense, atomic weapons, the Liberty and Pueblo incidents, Cold War cultural and Olympic competitions, Strategic Air Command, submarine detection (SOSUS), the Cuban Missile Crisis, the STASI (East German secret police), and Soviet and East German disinformation campaigns. Many of our artifacts are rare and some are one-of-a-kind, and some of our exhibits were created and donated by those who did the work.
The Cold War Museum is an all-volunteer organization, drawing upon our staff's extensive Cold War experience as professionals in the military and intelligence communities. We are the Real People Explaining the Real Things.
11-4 PM Saturdays
1-4 PM Sundays
Other Hours by Appointment
7172 Lineweaver Rd
Vint Hill, VA
COVID ADVISORY: The Museum is currently OPEN DURING OUR NORMAL HOURS. We follow all of the Commonwealth of Virginia's rules for museum operations, including:
- 100% masks.
- Social distancing.
- Up to 50% normal capacity. (To date, this has not led to lines or waits.)
We will update this information as needed, if and when conditions and mandates change.