Image of the Air Force wings with the museum name underneath

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
FREE Admission & Parking

Motor Coach and Group Travel Planning with an image of a row of busses

The information on this page will help motor coach, travel, church or senior centers to plan your group's visit to the museum.

If you are a school, education, or youth group, please visit our Education Webpage to plan your visit.

If you are with a military veteran group, please visit our Military Reunions webpage to plan your visit.

what to expect


 


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum. The museum has more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space housing more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and thousands of artifacts. The museum’s vast collection highlights the evolution of flight and the history and establishment of the U.S. Air Force as an independent service.

We encourage guests to plan accordingly, wear comfortable clothes, and walking shoes. Benches and seats are available throughout the museum for visitors to take a break.

The museum is set-up in chronological order making it easy for visitors to self-tour the museum. Free daily tours are also offered, see below for times and tour information.

To help plan your visit, check out our Upcoming Events and New and Temporary Exhibits pages for the latest information. We also encourage you to follow us on social media @AFMuseum for programming announcements and information about the museum. 

Getting here






Hours

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please follow us on social media and here on our website for any unexpected changes to operating hours, especially during inclement weather.

Address

1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433

Drop-off and Parking

Buses should drop-off and pick-up passengers at the stop sign next to our Memorial Park, then park at the end of the Parking Lot, as depicted on the map. 

Parking is free for all visitors.

See below map for bus drop off, pick up and parking.

aerial map of the museum showing the bus drop off and parking routes

Additional information to plan your arrival can be found on our Directions page. 

entrance




Admission

Admission to the museum is free for all visitors. 

Security Check

All visitors may be screened with a metal detector upon entry and all bags are subject to search. Guns, knives, and weapons are not permitted, to include pocketknives. Other prohibited items include box cutters, alcohol, and coolers.

No Outside Food or Drink Permitted

Food and drink, other than bottled water, are not permitted inside the museum. Visitors are permitted to bring a clear, sealed water bottle, up to 20 oz.

Groups who wish to bring their own food may eat on their bus or in one of the picnic shelters in our Memorial Park, next to the Parking Lot. The picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved in advance.

Wheelchairs & Strollers

There is a limited supply of strollers available for visitors with children, as well as wheelchairs and motorized carts (weight limit is 350 pounds) for those who might need them. Both are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis from our Mobility Station in the Entrance Hall. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own strollers and wheelchairs if possible.

Maps

Maps are available for visitors to pick-up from the desks in the Entrance Hall, if desired.

while you are here






Daily Tour Schedule

Visitors may take part in one of the free gallery tours are offered daily. Tours are approximately one hour and 15 minutes in length and start at the information desk in the gallery that the tour will take place. Registration is not necessary.

10:00 a.m. - Early Years, WWI and WWII Galleries

11:30 a.m. - Korea and SE Asia Galleries

12:00 p.m. - Space, Research & Development, Global Reach and Presidential Galleries

1:30 p.m. - Cold War Gallery

3 p.m. - Space, Research & Development, Global Reach and Presidential Galleries

All visitors are asked to maintain 6 feet of distance between visiting parties.

Food Service

Prepackaged food items can be purchased at the Launchpad Shop 'n Snack on the balcony overlooking the Cold War Gallery. Hours and information are available at www.afmuseum.com/dining.

Box lunches can be ordered in advance. Arrangements can be made by calling 937-522-2166 or cell 937-503-6620 or email 88FSS.Catering.WPAFB@us.af.mil and use this PDF order form.

Movies:

The 400-seat Air Force Museum Theatre shows 3D films on a massive 80-foot by 60-foot screen. A variety of shows are offered throughout the day. Movie schedule and pricing is available at www.afmuseum.com/movietimes.

For group pricing and to purchase your tickets in advance call 937-253-4629 or email theatre@afmuseum.com.

Simulators

The Air Force Museum Foundation operates three different simulators for visitors to enjoy. Pricing and information is available at www.afmuseum.com/attractions/simulators.

For group pricing call 937-253-4629 or email theatre@afmuseum.com.

Souvenirs:

Don’t forget to allow time for your group to take a souvenir photo and visit our Museum Store.

lodging and local resources





As a government institution, the museum is not permitted to endorse commercial establishments therefore we cannot recommend specific lodging or attractions in our area.
We suggest you check with the local convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) for additional resources and information when planning your group's trip.

Dayton/Montgomery County CVB
Greene County CVB
Butler County Visitors Bureau
Greater Springfield CVB
Miami County CVB
Warren County CVB

 

additional museum resources





Additional information to help you plan your museum visit is available at
www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit  -or- www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Questions.

If you have any questions not addressed on your website, please email nationalmuseum.mus@us.af.mil.

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.