Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.

In order to make the most out of your trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, check out the information below before you arrive. Click on the drop-down triangles for additional information.

Museum Information

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space.

Visitor Requirements

During the initial reopening phase, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force asks visitors to comply with the following guidelines:

Masks: Masks no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors. Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks inside the museum. Face masks need to cover mouth and nose. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.  

Social Distancing: Please maintain a minimum distance of six feet from those outside your party while on the museum campus.

Sanitation: Hand sanitizers are available in the facility. Please use them and washing stations in our public restrooms. Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the museum.

Health: If you are not feeling well, have a fever, body aches or a cough, please visit another day. You can take our online virtual tour.

Check out this video with detailed information about changes made for reopening the museum.

Please note that CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

Green Screen Photos

Sample of green screen picture. Four ladies standing in front of the B-17 Memphis Belle.
Visit www.afmuseumphotos.com to view or purchase your green screen photos. Photos are available for 30 days from the day they were taken.

Picsolve: (321) 512-9720

Sample of green screen picture. Man sitting on motorcycle in front of a digital image of the museum.

Air Force Museum Foundation

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The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In addition, the foundation provides funds each year to the museum for special projects and underwrites several programs. The foundation operates the Museum Store, Attractions as well as the Valkyrie and Refueling Cafés. It receives its funds through the operation of these activities as well as through foundation membership, donations and gifts. For more information, visit www.afmuseum.com.

National Aviation Hall of Fame

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday     12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

Closed Tuesday, Thursday, Federal Holidays and Easter

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is located adjacent to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The National Aviation Hall of Fame was founded in 1962 as an Ohio non-profit corporation in Dayton, Ohio, the home of the Wright Brothers and the “birthplace of aviation.” The National Aviation Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring individuals who have uniquely contributed to America’s rich legacy of aviation achievement—achievement generated by American ingenuity and individual acts of great vision, persistence, skill and courage.

Since 1962 the National Aviation Hall of Fame has inducted over 200 of the nation’s premier air and space pioneers into the organization. The names are virtual who’s who in the world of aviation including the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and others. For more information, visit www.nationalaviation.org.

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.
  • Prohibited Items

    Prohibited Items:
    -  Firearms*
    -  Knives
    -  Box cutters
    -  Food
    -  Alcohol
    -  Coolers
    -  Backpacks

    * Firearms and other dangerous weapons are specifically prohibited in Federal facilities in accordance with 18 USC §930 (c)

    Permitted Items:
    -   Water bottles (clear, sealed bottle, up to 20 oz.)
    -   Purses
    -  Camera bags
    -  Diaper bags
    -  Strollers
    -  Service animals

    Please note the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is not responsible for items left in vehicles.
    Click here for frequently asked questions regarding items permitted inside the museum.

  • 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.

Activities During Your Visit

Download these Scavenger Hunts prior to your visit to add to your experience!

Download this Scavenger Hunt to follow along with the Virtual Tour of the Cold War Gallery.

Virtual Tour

The virtual tour allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum. Click here to explore the virtual tour

  • 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.

  • Temporary Exhibits

    January 28 - September 6, 2021 

    SPACE: A Journey to Our Future
    See this highly interactive exhibition that ignites the desire for space exploration and discovery. More information

    February 26 - September 26, 2021

    "The Beauty of Space" Art Exhibit
    This exhibit will feature artwork by the International Association of Astronomical Artists. More information

  • June 2021

    Saturday, June 19

    Open Aircraft Day, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Visitors will have the unique opportunity to look inside one of the museum’s aircraft. More information

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