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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.

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)

Next Open Aircraft Day: Saturday, June 4 - Monday June 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day: :B-17F Memphis Belle™

Future Dates:
Saturday June 25 - Sunday June 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day: F-86A "Sabre" (North American) AND MiG-15bis (Mikoyan-Gurevich)
Saturday, Aug 13: B-24D "Liberator" (Consolidated)


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

Memorial Day Commemorative 5K, May 30

Memorial day 5k on May 30This first-year event will take place at the National Museum of the USAF.  There is no better place to start your Memorial Day Holiday than at the museum which showcases the rich heritage of the U.S. Air Force and aerospace history.

This event features both an in-person and virtual run option. Runners will receive a custom finisher's medal, a t-shirt and post-race refreshments.  

Registrations will be accepted until 8 a.m. on May 30. T-Shirt availability and size preferences can only be guaranteed for those who register before May 13.

After the race, all runners are also welcome to tour the museum.

Visit the race website for more details and to register. 


WWII Memorial Exhibit, June 5-6

Picture of traveling WWII MemorialKick off the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force with a weekend of activities honoring WWII and the anniversary of D-Day.  Family-friendly activities include a look inside the B-17F Memphis Belle, a B-25 fly-over, USAF Band of Flight pop-up concerts, a replica WWII Memorial and much more!

Visit the WWII Memorial page for more details. 

Download the B-17F Memphis Belle™ Coloring Sheet HERE

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)

Korean War Memorial "The Forgotten War", June 25-26

Picture of traveling Korean War Memorial

Remember the 72nd anniversary of the start of the Korean War and honor those who served by visiting this replica exhibit of Washington DC’s Korean War memorial. Hear the living history from museum volunteers sharing the vital role that many of the museum’s aircraft played in this war, and visit the Air Force Museum Foundation Theatre to see Korean War related movies.

Space celebration, July 30 - Aug. 7

Image of space shuttle exhibitJoin us for this free and unique, interactive, space-focused combination of events and activities to excite visitors of all ages to the many aspects of space and its future.  Learn firsthand about space through a variety of interactive activities.






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

Logo for Salute: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute

  • Join us at the museum as we welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall.  This 80% Replica of the Vietnam Wall bares the names of more than 58,000 service members killed in Vietnam. As a backdrop for this memorial, the museum will host aerial events, a flyover and more.

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

After Dark 21+ Events

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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 Returns June 4 ($)
"Into Flight Once More" will premiere at the Air Force Museum Theatre. 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.

Living History Series Event, June 4

Private Event Venue

Interested in hosting a private event or meeting at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?

Click here to find out about our unique event space

  • Upcoming Events

    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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