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There are several public tours available at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Listed below are a variety of ways to tour the museum's facilities.

Special arrangements can be made for school and youth groups, motorcoach tours and military reunion groups. Click on the links below for more information.

Watch the Behind the Scenes Tour video (00:04:20)
tabSelf Tours 
The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility. Click here for a virtual tour of the museum to help you plan your visit.

Click here for a series of self-guided audio tours featuring specific topics in U.S. Air Force history as they are highlighted throughout the museum's exhibits.
tabUSAF Heritage Tours 
These free guided tours of the museum are open to the general public daily at 1:30 p.m., with an additional tour at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. All tours begin at the entrance to the Early Years Gallery (through the Museum Store and turn right). Advance registration is not necessary.
tabMilitary Reunions 
Hundreds of reunion groups visit the museum every year. For information about planning a military reunion at the museum or dedicating a plaque, bench or statue in Memorial Park, please see the Military Reunions page.
tabSchool & Youth Groups 
The museum has an extensive educational program for all ages, including guided tours, informational scavenger hunts, in-depth lectures, workshops and more. Click here for information about these programs.
tabMotorcoach & Other Group Visits 
Please complete the Museum Group Registration form so group visit coordinator can assist you in planning your visit to the museum.
tabPresidential and R&D Galleries 
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. Click here to read the requirements for visiting these galleries (government-issued ID and check-in required).

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.
tabBehind the Scenes Tours 
Behind the Scenes Tours are regularly scheduled, free guided tours of the museum's restoration area. Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex. Tours are offered every Friday (some exceptions) at 12:15 p.m. Advance registration is required. Sign up early as tours may fill up quickly!

Watch the Behind the Scenes Tour video (00:04:20)

To register for tours through Labor Day 2015, please select a date from the list below and submit a registration form or call (937) 656-9436. Additional instructions are included on the form. Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Note: Although advance registration may be full for a tour, a limited number of "stand-by" registrations are available on the day of each tour. Please check with the information desk upon your arrival at the museum.
June 26 July 10
July 17 July 24
July 31 Aug. 7
Aug. 14 Aug. 21
Aug. 28 Sept. 4

* Pre-registration for these tours is now full.
** This tour is available by pre-registration only (no walk-ins).

The museum reserves the right to cancel a tour if the minimum number of registrants is not met.

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