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Website:  www.vafm.org





The Vintage Aero Flying Museum houses one of the most historically significant and internationally recognized collections of World War I memorabilia in the world. We also have a significant collection of Golden Age of Aviation (1918 - 1939) and World War II aviation memorabilia and aircraft. This material includes memorabilia from Japan, Germany and other axis countries.


Highlighting the quality of our collection, we also have the only known “True Copy” of the Instrument of Surrender, presented to General Wainwright. It is important for our educational programs to show material from all of the nations that participated in both World Wars. The Smithsonian Institution sites our museum as a reference and regularly sends researchers out to learn more from our collection.


In addition, our museum’s WWI British SE5a was the only non-computer generated aircraft that actually flew in the movie, “The Aviator” for the Hell’s Angels scenes. Our museum’s rare collection of World War I artifacts, documents and memorabilia were referenced for the historical content for the movie, “Flyboys.” Our collection was also utilized as a source of historical research for George Lucas’s “Young Indiana Jones” series.



7507 WCR 39

Ft. Lupton, CO 80621 

Phone:  303.502.5347

Contact:  Andrea Parks, Museum Director

                   Vintage Aero Flying Museum





Website:  www.wildanimalsanctuary.org


The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit Sanctuary in the US dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores, providing them with a wonderful life for as long as they live, and educating about the tragic plight faced by an estimated 30,000 such animals in America today.


The Sanctuary is located on rural, rolling grasslands northeast of the Denver Metro area. Comprising 320 acres and sheltering more than 200 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Leopards, Mountain Lions, Wolves and other large carnivores, it is the first sanctuary of its kind to create large acreage species-specific habitats for its rescued animals.


The three main points of our mission…to rescue captive large carnivores who have been abused, abandoned, illegally kept or exploited…to create for them a wonderful life for as long as they live…and to educate about the causes and solutions to the Captive Wildlife Crisis…these things are what we commit to for the animals, and for the humans who help to make a positive difference for them.



1946 County Road 53

Keenesburg, CO 80643 

Phone:  303.536.0118

Contact:  Pat Craig, Executive Director

                   The Wild Animal Sanctuary