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Each year, the museum hosts hundreds of events that help convey the Air Force story and military aviation spirit. Indoor and outdoor events range from flying events, exhibit openings and aircraft rollouts to ceremonies, reunion groups, memorial dedications and guest lectures.
The Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month. These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. In July we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 - the first time humans set foot on the moon.
Scale versions of some of history's well-know airframes will fly over the museum during Labor Day weekend. Radio-Controlled aircraft pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history.
Aviation history will come alive ten years after the first time this event occurred. A variety of interactive programs will take place throughout the museum, as visitors have the unique opportunity to meet characters from all eras of military aviation history. Discover the source behind this evening of “life” at the museum. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free!

Upcoming Events

Tours

The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility. We offer six free guided tours of the galleries a day, as well as a Glimpse Behind the Scenes program that provides an opportunity to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

Click here to for more information about tour dates and times.



Autograph Session with Air Force Thunderbirds

Friday, June 21, 2019, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Members from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird demonstration team will be available for autographs near the F-16 Thunderbird on display in the Cold War Gallery. Click here for more information.





50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

New Space Suit Exhibit on display

Friday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Living History Series movie "Armstrong" ($)

Saturday, July 20th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family Day activities

Sunday, July 28th at 4 p.m.
Hollywood Film Series movie "First Man" ($)

"Apollo 11: First Steps 2D" showing daily at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. ($)

Click here for more information.

Family Days

The museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month (excluding December).  These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations are located throughout the museum's galleries to teach fun aerospace principles.  Each month features a new theme; such themes include engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space.

Click here for more information about Family Day.



 

Upcoming Family Days
July 20, 2019 – 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
August 17, 2019 – National Aviation Day
September 28, 2019 – Fall with Gravity
October 26, 2019 – Spooktacular Aerospace Fun
November 16, 2019 – Exploring Engineering

Plane Talks
 

Plane Talks will occur a few times a year and allow visitors the opportunity to interact with various subject matter experts.  The experts at these talks may include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. These Plane Talks programs often occur on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event.

 




 

Future Plane Talks
72nd Anniversary of the Air Force – Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
70th Anniversary end of the Berlin AirliftMonday, Sept. 30, 2019
Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

Concerts

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force teams up with the USAF Band of Flight and other performers for concerts throughout the year.

 

Concerts are free and open to the public, and at times, tickets are required. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances last approximately 70-90 minutes and may include an intermission.

 

For more information about upcoming concerts,
please call (937) 522-3252.

 



 

 

Big Band Concert featuring Glenn Miller music performed by Air Force Bands

Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

Outdoor Aviation Events

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting). 

 

2019 Giant Scale Radio-Controlled (RC) 
Model Aircraft Air Show

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

During this three-day event visitors will see some of history’s well-known airframes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force over Labor Day weekend, but they won’t just be the ones inside the galleries. Scale versions of those aircraft will fly over the museum, regaling spectators with daring aerobatics. RC pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history. Click here for more information.

 


Night at the Air Force Museum
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

 

Aviation history will come alive during Night at the Air Force Museum ten years after the first time this event occurred at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A variety of interactive programs will take place throughout the museum, as visitors have the unique opportunity to meet characters from all eras of military aviation history. Discover the source behind this evening of “life” at the museum. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free! 

 

 

 

 

Air Force Museum Theatre Events

 

The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Film Series and a Hollywood Film Series on several dates throughout the year. The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation.  There is a cost associated with these film series.  Visit the links above for more information.

 
 

 Living History Series ($)


Addtional dates coming soon!




 

Hollywood Film Series ($)

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4 p.m. - Forrest Gump
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4 p.m. - First Man

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4 p.m. - Bumblebee
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 4 p.m. - Moana
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4 p.m. - The Greatest Showman
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - Lion King
Sunday, Dec. 22 2019, 4 p.m. - The Polar Express

 

* The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Security Notice

Please note that for security reasons, 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 to include pocket knives with a blade over 2 ½ inches in length. Please click the triangle for a full list of prohibited items.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a federally owned and operated facility. Therefore, by regulation, certain types of events and activities are prohibited at the museum. Some of the types of prohibited events are as follows:

 

   - Non-military/private organization events

    - Fundraising and non-profit events

    - Holiday parties

    - Weddings and wedding receptions

    - Funerals

    - Political events

    - Gambling events

    - Religious events


The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.

 

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.


The museum receives an overwhelming number of requests for military ceremonies (re-enlistments, retirements, promotions, change of commands, etc.) and must limit ceremonies to General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and the HQ AFMC Command Chief.  (WPAFB personnel should contact their organization’s protocol office for more information).

 

Other individuals not listed above may hold a non-support ceremony at the museum.  Non-support ceremonies are intended to allow individuals the opportunity to stand near an aircraft or exhibit for the purpose of conducting a small, brief promotion or retirement ceremony.  Complex ceremonies requiring reserved parking, chairs, podiums, sound systems, presentation tables, briefing rooms, and/or musical support, do not qualify for non-support status and cannot be held at the museum.  For more information regarding non-support ceremonies, please call 937-255-8046.

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.

 

The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.


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