Featured Links

Museum Expansion
Fourth Building Grand Opening Celebration

Plan Your Visit
E-newsletter Sign-up
Explore Museum Exhibits
Browse Photos
Visit Press Room
Become a Volunteer
Air Force Museum Foundation

Upcoming Family Day

Fourth Building Grand OpeningFourth Building Grand Opening Weekend Activities
June 11-12, 2016

A number of other entertaining and educational activities are being planned from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 to celebrate the grand opening of the museum's new fourth building! Join us as the museum and other participating organizations offer free hands-on programs for all ages, including educational demonstrations, special costumed characters and interactive displays.


The fourth building, which opens to the public on June 8, features 10 presidential aircraft and a world-class collection of flight test aircraft, along with the Space Shuttle Exhibit and huge cargo planes. Visitors can climb aboard the Space Shuttle Exhibit, walk through four presidential and three cargo aircraft, and try out the Air Force Museum Foundation’s new suite of simulator rides, including the Pulseworks’ Virtual Reality Transporter, the first of its kind in North America, featuring an exclusive Space Voyage experience.


The 224,000 square foot building will house more than 70 aircraft, missiles and space vehicles in four new galleries – Space, Research & Development, Global Reach and Presidential. Three dedicated, interactive educational spaces, known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Learning Nodes, will accommodate student-centered, technology-enhanced learning through hands-on programs, demonstrations and lectures. When not in use for structured educational programming, there will be a variety of programs available to the visiting public, including science and engineering demonstrations, hands-on activities, special presentations, videos and more.

Most activities are free (charge for Air Force Museum Foundation simulators and movies), and no advanced reservations are necessary. Click here for additional information about the grand opening celebration.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located within the museum, will offer several free activities as well.

Note: The Air Force Museum Foundation will offer related activities on certain dates. Click here for more information.

Future Family Days

Newton in Space
July 16, 2016
Commemorate the anniversaries of both the Apollo 11 and the Apollo 15 moon landings by learning about rocketry and space flight.

National Aviation Day
Aug. 20, 2016
Learn about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2016 and beyond in honor of National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright’s birthday).

Fall with Gravity
Sept. 24, 2016
Celebrate the fall season while learning how we can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling. 

Spooktacular Aerospace Fun
Oct. 29, 2016
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. 

Destination Space Station
Nov. 19, 2016
Learn about the International Space Station and spaceflight, plus build your own space station from recycling materials.