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Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Additional information available here.

Road Construction:
Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.

COVID Precautions

Couple wearing face masks at the museum.Effective July 30, 2021 - Masks required for all visitors while indoors.

In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30 until further notice.
 

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
 

Cleaning procedures and hand sanitizer stations will remain in place throughout the museum and all visitors are asked to continue practicing good hygiene and physical distancing.
 

Events scheduled at the museum will continue as planned, however all guests will need to follow mask and physical distancing guidelines.

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Museum Information

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space.

Visitor Requirements

During the initial reopening phase, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force asks visitors to comply with the following guidelines:

Masks: Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Social Distancing: Please maintain a minimum distance of six feet from those outside your party while on the museum campus.

Sanitation: Hand sanitizers are available in the facility. Please use them and washing stations in our public restrooms. Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the museum.

Health: If you are not feeling well, have a fever, body aches or a cough, please visit another day. You can take our online virtual tour.

Check out this video with detailed information about changes made for reopening the museum.

Please note that CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

Closed areas

The following exhibits and areas are closed until further notice:

  • WWII 8th Air Force Control Tower
  • Nissen Hut
  • Playground
  • Water fountains 
    Visitors may bring in a clear sealed water bottle (up to 20 oz), or purchase one from the Museum Store, Valkyrie Café or Air Force Museum Theatre concession stand.

Amenities

Picture of checkout station with plexi glass
 

  • Air Force Museum Theatre will be operating at 12% of its seating capacity. For films that require 3D glasses, a new pair will be issued with each ticket purchased.
  • Simulator Rides are open but visitors may experience longer wait times for rides as they are sanitized between each customer.
  • Valkyrie Cafe will be operating at 40% of its seating capacity and offer a limited menu. Fountain drinks, coffee, and ice from the self-serve drink stations will not be available.
  • Museum Store will have queue lines marking 6 foot distancing.

Security Notice

All visitors may be screened with a metal detector upon entry. In addition, all bags are subject to search and may be placed through an X-Ray machine. Weapons are not permitted including pocket knives.
  • Prohibited Items

    Prohibited Items:
    -  Firearms*
    -  Knives
    -  Box cutters
    -  Food
    -  Alcohol
    -  Coolers
    -  Backpacks

    * Firearms and other dangerous weapons are specifically prohibited in Federal facilities in accordance with 18 USC §930 (c)

    Permitted Items:
    -   Water bottles (clear, sealed bottle, up to 20 oz.)
    -   Purses
    -  Camera bags
    -  Diaper bags
    -  Strollers
    -  Service animals

    Please note the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is not responsible for items left in vehicles.
    Click here for frequently asked questions regarding items permitted inside the museum.

  • Visitor Photography Notice

    Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed or recorded by the U.S. Air Force for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on public websites and social media.  
    Individuals are permitted to take their own photographs or videos while touring the museum.

  • Reopening Questions
    • Who is required to wear at  the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?
      Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Additional information available here.

    • What is the museum’s plan to better protect the safety/health of visitors and staff?
      In order to achieve the highest public health standards, cleaning procedures have been enhanced throughout the museum, including an increased frequency in the disinfecting of high-traffic areas and surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are now available in each gallery and new directional signage is also in place. In addition, plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all of the cashier stations in the Museum Store, theatre, café and simulator rides.

     

    • Are face shields acceptable?

    The museum requires that all visitors wear face masks during their visit. Shields are a bonus or addition to face cloth coverings as they are geared to protecting eyes, and do not decrease spray/droplet spread as well as face cloth coverings.

    • What types of face masks are permitted?

    Masks recommended by the CDC include non-medical disposable masks, masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets.

    Novelty or non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields alone are not authorized as a substitute for masks. Masks must fit properly (i.e., snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face).

    • I have medical issues and am unable to wear a mask. Can I still visit the museum?

    We’re glad you are interested in visiting the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force!  If you have health concerns and are unable to wear a mask at this time, you may wish to consider visiting at a time when there are less restrictions. To better protect our visitors and achieve the highest public health standards, we are following CDC guidelines on wearing a mask.
     

    • Are there any areas of the museum that visitors can go to without a mask?
      Yes, masks are not required in the Air Park and the Memorial Park.
       
    • Will cars be able to park as normal (closer than 6 ft apart)?

    Parking will take place as normal, but visitors may park farther away in any of the regular parking spots, if they are more comfortable doing so.
     

    • Will each person have their temperature taken?

    No, temperatures will not be taken.

     

    • How many people will be permitted in the museum at one time?
      The museum campus is quite large with over one million square feet. Based on the figures from previous years of attendance, we do not anticipate a need to limit visitors at this time.
       
    • Will there be restrictions on the number of people in a gallery?
      Gallery sizes are quite large. Based on the figures from previous years of attendance, we do not anticipate a need to limit visitors in each gallery at this time.

     

    • Will there be areas of the museum that will remain closed?
      Yes, all sit-in cockpits, water fountains, Eighth Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut will all be closed. Interactive exhibits may be modified or removed in the near term.
       
    • How will the museum maintain social distancing?

    The museum theatre, simulators, café and store will be open with guidelines to limit the numbers of people and ensure proper cleaning between use.  There will be new procedures for entry/exit and one-way visitor flow as required. The cafeteria operation will be modified with limited seating of 120 people at a time and over the counter service rather than self-serve areas. Signage and graphics will be available throughout the museum to help visitors maintain social distancing. It is highly recommended that visitors of each traveling party maintain 6 feet of separation at all times.

     

    • What additional cleaning measures is the museum taking?
      Cleaning procedures have been enhanced throughout the museum, including an increased frequency in the disinfecting of high-traffic areas and surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are now available in each gallery and new directional signage is also in place. In addition, plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all of the cashier stations in the museum store, theatre, café and simulator rides.

     

    • What should a visitor do who is feeling ill?

    Those who are not feeling well should approach the nearest volunteer/staff member and alert them of their condition.

     

    • What restrictions will be placed on events?

    Group size limitations will be determined by Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and State of Ohio guidelines. Social distancing and face coverings for visitors required.

     

    • Will public tours be offered?
      The museum will be open to visitors for self-touring, however, daily guided tours will not be available at this time. The museum will offer Plane Talks starting in September. For more information, visit the museum website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

     

    • What types of education programs will the museum offer?
      The Education Division is currently focusing on virtual visitors, who can access online educational activities such as lesson plans, word searches, coloring sheets and other items that can be done at home. The Division continues to evaluate its programming schedule. Please visit the museum website for the most up-to-date information on available programs.  
       
    • Will there be a charge for masks?
      A regular mask will be provided free of charge for those who do not have them. Visitors also have the options of bringing their own mask from home, or purchasing a cloth mask from the Museum Store.
       
    • What will the museum charge for bottled water?
      The Museum Store will offer 16 oz bottles for $1.50 (+ tax), and the Valkyrie Café and Air Force Museum Theatre concession stand will have 20 oz bottles available for $2.60 (+ tax). However, visitors may bring in a clear sealed water bottle (up to 20 oz).

     

    • What restrictions will take place in the National Aviation Hall of Fame?
      For information on NAHF restrictions, visit www.nationalaviation.org

Contact Us

If you have questions not addressed on this page or the accompanying links, you can send an email to:

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Air Force Museum Foundation

National Aviation Hall of Fame

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