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Due to public health precautions in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change and are re-evaluated on a weekly basis. We will continue to update this website and social media outlets with the latest information.

SALUTE: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute, Aug. 18-21

Logo for Salute: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute

The museum will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Memorial Aug. 18-21. This 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall bears the names of more than 58,000 service members killed in Southeast Asia. 

As a backdrop for this memorial exhibit, the museum will host a flyover, historical displays, veteran presentations and more. In conjunction with this memorial event, the museum will have Panel 44 on display in the 4th building from Aug. 16 Sept. 24. Panel 44 is a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial containing the names of 337 American service members who died between March 9 -16, 1968. The Panel was originally produced in 1982 to go on display in Washington D.C. but was ultimately not placed because of a crack. ​


Visit our 75th Anniversary page for additional details at

Open Aircraft Days

On these days, visitors will have the unique opportunity to look inside one of the museum’s aircraft from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
(The list of aircraft is updated quarterly)

Future Dates:
Saturday, Aug 13: B-24D "Liberator" (Consolidated)

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18 Stay tuned for Open Aircraft over the weekend of our 75th Anniversary!

Saturday, Oct. 15 C-20B (Gulfstream Aerospace)

Plane Talks

Picture of veteran standing in front of a B-25Plane 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 in conjunction with the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event. 

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Plane Talks:

Saturday, Sept. 17 - in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Force
Friday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day

Video-USAF Maj.(Ret.) Lew Newhard- Former SAM 26000 Pilot

New Exhibit!: National Museum of the Marine Corps Art Exhibit

USMC Artist Charles Grow looks at his painting featuring a young girl and her dog watching out the front window with a Gold Star Flag hanging near them. The painting is of his granddaughter who lost her father, also a US Marine.The museum is pleased to announce the opening of “Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018.". Sponsored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, this exhibit features 36 works by 15 combat artists, portraying Marine Corps service from the mid-1970’s through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This exhibit will be on display in the Cold War Art Gallery through Dec. 11.

(Federal Endorsement Not Implied)

New Interactive Exhibit: Above and Beyond Sept. 17 - Dec. 15

A woman and child sit in the cockpit of a futuristic flying machine and are flying it while watching their progress on a large screen in front of them

“Above and Beyond,” an interactive science exhibition exploring transformative innovations in aerospace, will launch Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Museum's 4th Building. The 500-square-metre exhibition will offer an unprecedented interactive demonstration of advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space. Flight simulation, immersive theater, touch-table displays and augmented reality are examples of exhibit technology offering an experiential understanding of the scientific concepts behind flight.

This is exhibit is FREE for all museum visitors. 

“Above and Beyond” is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing and is locally sponsored by CenterPoint Energy.
*Federal Endorsement Not Implied"

Air Force 75th Birthday Celebration Sept. 17-18

75th Anniversary of the Air Force logo in blue and white featuring the Air Force eagle within the number 75.Come celebrate with us! The museum will have events throughout the weekend that include open aircrafts, family-centered activities, special Veteran speakers and more.

Visit the 75th Anniversary page for additional details and a complete list of all events scheduled in celebration of this major milestone.

World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, Oct. 7-8

Aerial picture of World War one replica aircraft flying over the museum hangarsAerial events, reenactor encampment, antique cars, workshops and a speaker series frame an exciting weekend of fly-ins from replica WWI aircraft. Sights, sounds and activities for the whole family will take place throughout the museum complex as we look back to WWI and America’s early air superiority.

Participant registration forms for Pilots, RC Pilots, Vendors, Antique Autos and Reenactors can be found HERE.


Video-Replica WWI Flying Aircraft at the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 2018

American Sign Museum Exhibit - "A Signmaker's Journey," April 4 - Oct. 12

American Sign Museum LogoThe museum will showcase signs from the American Sign Museum's collection "The Signmaker's Journey" from April 4 - October 12.  Signs in this exhibit are not regularly on display at the American Sign Museum, and feature a closer look at the three historically significant eras of illuminated signage--Lightbulb, Neon, and Plastics--with signs representing.  The exhibit tells a story of the fictional character Joe Signmaker’s journey through the 20th century, relating his personal experiences in the ever-changing sign industry.

The character of Joe Signman was inspired by the life of William H. Hahn. Hahn began his career as a signpainter for the Thomas Cusack Company of Chicago. He later opened his own company in Chicago and was soon joined by his son, William B. Hahn.  The Museum has expanded upon the limited information known about Hahn in order to give a more complete view of a signman in the first half of the 20th century. Follow Joe’s journey as he navigates changing technology to illuminate the night sky.    

The Sign Makers Journey was developed by the American Sign Museum in cooperation with the National Museum of the US Air Force.  Artifacts are on loan from the American Sign Museum, Cincinnati, OH.. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied)

After Dark 21+ Events

Museum After dark logo
The museum is planning evening events exclusively for adults ages 21+ with food, fun and drinks! Tickets will be required. Dates and details coming soon!

Pop-Up Concerts

Picture of the Band of Flight performing a concert
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is proud to host the USAF Band of Flight for museum concerts.  Continue to follow our website and social media for upcoming opportunities. 

Video-Air Force Band of Flight Concert Footage(2019)

Air force museum theatre

Picture of visitors in the Air Force Museum Theatre watching a movie

The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History 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 for more information.


Living History Series continues July 21 ($)
Join author and historian Francis Gary Powers Jr. for a presentation on one of the most talked-about events of the Cold War - the downing of an American U-2 spy plane.  Click the photo below for details and tickets.

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

Flyer for Living History Series event, Spy Pilot, featuring Gary Powers on July 21.

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    Museum events range from flying events and Air Force Band of Flight concerts to ceremonies and family events. Use the drop-down menus below to see details about upcoming events.

Air Force 75th LogoClick on the logo to visit our 75th Anniversary of the Air Force page for a complete list of all Anniversary Exhibits and Events scheduled at the museum this year.

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