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This page features new, special, or special exhibits on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Following is a list of upcoming exhibits at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Please note that the opening date is subject to change. Additional information will be added to the website closer to each exhibit opening.
"Survival: The Exhibition"
Feb. 18 - May 7
Adventure awaits museum visitors of all ages with Survival: The Exhibition, opening Feb. 18 in the fourth building.
This free, new exhibit is an interactive, informative and safe place to learn and test essential survival skills, and features nine zones with immersive scenic and theatrical elements that simulate extreme scenarios. Each zone combines STEM concepts with hands-on challenges that teach the scientific principles behind key survival tactics.
Plan your visit to Survival: The Exhibition HERE
Created by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., Survival: The Exhibition, is made possible in part by the Air Force Museum Foundation and will be open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through May 7.
Enlisted Force Exhibit - ongoing
This new exhibit highlights the highly skilled, trained and talented enlisted force that has been the backbone of daily operation of the U.S. Department of the Air Force. Elements of this exhibit are thoughtfully placed throughout the museum complex. Full completion is expected later this year, but visitors can view individual elements as they are installed from now until then.
Centennial Exhibit, May 20, 2023
The museum has aged well over the last 100 years and this new exhibit, located in the Cold War Gallery, will give visitors a glimpse into our history and the people that make it all possible.
Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia, Summer 2023
Evolution of Search and Rescue (SAR) from the end of the Korean War to the beginning of American involvement in Southeast Asia. As air operations and USAF presence increased, the need to revitalize and revamp SAR became increasing important to rescue downed Airmen. This included new aircraft and procedures leading to what has become the blueprint for today’s premiere USAF rescue force.
Final completion of this exhibit is anticipated for Summer 2023
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 and firearms, to include conceal carry and other dangerous weapons.
- Box cutters
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* Firearms, to include conceal carry and other dangerous weapons, are specifically prohibited in Federal facilities in accordance with 18 USC §930 (c)
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Individuals are permitted to take their own photographs or videos while touring the museum.