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Groups & Tours

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

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

Self 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.

School & Youth

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.

Military Reunions

The museum is a popular destination for many military reunion groups each 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.

Motorcoach & Buses

Click here to complete the Museum Group Registration form so group visit coordinator can assist you in planning your visit to the museum.

Free guided tour

These free guided tours of the museum are offered daily and last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Advance registration is not necessary. Click on the dropdown arrow next to each time for a description of the tour.

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.
  • 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.

Glimpse Behind the Scenes Program

 

Glimpse Behind the Scenes program

 

First and third Friday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Space STEM Learning Node located in Building 4.

 

This program provides an opportunity to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

 

This program will take place every first and third Friday of the month from 1-3 p.m. and is open to all visitors. Registration is not necessary.  Interested visitors can stop by the demonstration tables located in the Space STEM Learning Node located in Building 4 anytime between 1-3 p.m.

 

Note: This program replaces the previously existing Behind the Scenes Tour.

 

 

Why have the Behind the Scenes tours of the Restoration Hangar been discontinued?

 

In our continuance to seek new and alternative methods of enhancing the visitor experience, the Glimpse Behind the Scenes provides the opportunity to share with all visitors important aspects of the museum's operation while at the same time minimizing costs and eliminating constraints associated with taking public onto an active military base and an industrial shop environment.

 

The Glimpse Behind the Scenes program broadens the museum's ability to showcase the incredible work done by our restoration staff and volunteers, with no age restrictions or registration required. Visitors are able to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

 

We are excited about this new program, with high participation numbers demonstrating the public's interest in this new offering which takes place every first and third Friday of the month from 1-3 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Space Gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility.  In addition, the museum offers free guided tours each day.  Advance registration is not necessary.  Due to the limited number of tour guides and the overwhelming number of requests, the museum is unable to provide private or customized tours. We recommend your group take advantage of the free guided tours or conduct a self tour.

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