*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT*The Presidential and Research & Development Gallery tours as well as the Friday Behind the Scenes Tours are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
How do I get to the museum galleries located on base?ATTENTION: In preparation for the move to the new fourth building, these galleries will close beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The aircraft and exhibits in these galleries will re-open as part of the fourth building on the main museum campus in spring 2016.
The Presidential and Research & Development Galleries, located on the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly! Registration opens at 9 a.m. daily.
Shuttle buses are not handicapped accessible. Individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum's Operations Division in advance at (937) 255-3286 to arrange transportation.
Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D Galleries.
Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (NEXUS cards and foreign enhanced driver's licenses are not authorized at this time). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.
May I bring backpacks or large bags on the shuttle buses to the Presidential and R&D Galleries?For security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted on the shuttle buses or within the galleries.
What are the hours of operation for the Presidential and R&D Galleries?This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly! Registration opens at 9 a.m. daily.
For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 19B).
The shuttle buses are currently operating on the following schedule:
There are four shuttle bus trips daily. Registered participants meet at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for a briefing and shuttle bus ride to the galleries. Please allow an hour and 30 minutes to participate.
Beginning May 23, 2015, the shuttle buses will operate on the following schedule:
There are nine shuttle bus trips daily. Registered participants meet at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for a briefing and shuttle bus ride to the galleries. Please allow an hour and 30 minutes to participate.
(Note: Bus schedule is subject to change based on staff availability.)