St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations is set to create an Experience Master Plan for the Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum near Flagstaff, AZ.
The Experience Master Plan will provide a five to ten year vision for growth and will fulfill the Crater’s potential as a unique natural, cultural and educational destination for visitors. The plan will include strategies for visitor engagement and creative approaches to visitor experiences.
Meteor Crater — also called Barringer Meteor Crater — is a National Natural Landmark located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on the Colorado Plateau. Nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep, it is the best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. NASA Apollo astronauts trained at this location to learn geology and how to collect moon rocks. Scientific research and astronaut training at Meteor Crater is ongoing.
“Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum is an internationally recognized attraction that speaks to the ancient history of our planet, ongoing research and future discoveries,” said PGAV Vice President Tom Owen. “Nowhere else on Earth can you find such a unique combination of stories involving astronauts, explorers, scientists, entrepreneurs and Native American cultures. We are thrilled to help Meteor Crater fulfill its potential as a catalyst for Northern Arizona tourism, along with other world-class destinations such as the Grand Canyon and Lowell Observatory.”
According to Matthew Kent, President and CEO of Meteor Crater Enterprises, “We are an international destination due to the amazing scientific significance of this site. We appeal to diverse audiences because of our rich cultural history, natural austere beauty and the awe-inspiring evidence of the power of nature’s forces. Each of these facets of the personality of Meteor Crater will be incorporated into new exhibits and programs.”