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.
Admission to the museum is FREE and there is no charge for parking.
There is a charge for the Air Force Museum Theatre and flight simulators. Please visit the Air Force Museum Foundation website or call (937) 253-4629 for show times and prices.
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.
The museum will be open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month between August-December 2020.
The 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut, located in the Air Park, are closed until further notice.
Wheelchairs and motorized carts
There is a limited supply of wheelchairs and motorized carts available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (weight limit is 350 pounds). Please bring your own wheelchair if possible.
There is a limited supply of strollers available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own stroller if possible.
The entrance to the National Museum of the United States Air Force is on Springfield Street at historic Wright Field (Gate 28B), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, six miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio.
The museum's address is:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Click here if you need additional directions.
During this time we will be using a different entrance door which will position visitors near the Early Years Gallery. Signage will direct visitors from the parking lot to the new entrance doors.
Download a map showing the new entrance and walking paths throughout the museum.
Early Years Gallery
World War II Gallery
Korean War Gallery
Southeast Asia War Gallery
Cold War Gallery
Research & Development Gallery
Global Reach Gallery
During this initial reopening phase daily guided tours will not be available. However, most galleries and exhibits will be available. The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self-tour the facility. A reminder that all visitors should maintain six feet of separation between each visiting party at all times. (Those wishing to lead a large group for self-touring must contact the museum in advance to determine if this is feasible.)
Click here for additional information for groups and tours.
School & Youth Groups:
We are not offering special programming or tours for school or youth groups at this time. We will re-evaluate the ability to provide these programs as conditions change. Please check our website for updates.
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.
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.
During the initial reopening phase, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force asks visitors to comply with the following guidelines:
Masks: We require the use of face coverings for all staff, volunteers and visitors (3 years and older). 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.
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.
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
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.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday9:00 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.
- Box cutters
* Firearms and other dangerous weapons are specifically prohibited in Federal facilities in accordance with 18 USC §930 (c)
- Water bottles (clear, sealed bottle, up to 20 oz.)
- Camera bags
- Diaper bags
- 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.
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.
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.
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
See interior images of aircraft on display at the museum.
Click here to view the images
Download the free app from the Apple Store
Download the free app from the Google Play Store
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.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020
Museum Closed - Thanksgiving Day
Monday, Dec. 7
Plane Talks – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plane 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 on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event. Click here for more information.
The Air Force Band of Flight Holiday Concerts scheduled for December 12 and 13, 2020 have been cancelled. However, the Holiday Concert will be recorded and streamed online for all to enjoy. Click here for more information.
Friday, Dec. 25
Museum Closed - Christmas Day
Friday, January 1
Museum Closed - New Year's Day
Thursday, January 7
Museum Open Late, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The museum will be open after hours on the first Thursday of the month. Click here for more information.
January 28 – May 2, 2021
SPACE: A Journey to Our Future (Temporary Exhibit)
See this highly interactive exhibition that ignites the desire for space exploration and discovery. More information
January 28 – May 2, 2021
Thursday, February 4
Monday, February 15
Plane Talks: Presidents Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to Presidents Day. More information
Micro Drone Race
See fast flying drones as pilots fly along their racecourse through the galleries. More information
Art Exhibit Opening: International Association of Astronomical Artists
This exhibit will feature artwork by the International Association of Astronomical Artists. More information
Thursday, March 4
Special Event – Women in the Air Force: From Yesterday into Tomorrow
An event to coincide with the new Women in the Air Force Exhibit and Women’s History Month. More information
Saturday, March 27
Plane Talks: In Observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate the Vietnam War. More information
Thursday, April 1
Thursday, May 6
Saturday, May 15
Plane Talks: Armed Forces Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to Armed Forces. More information
Thursday, June 3
Thursday, July 1
Thursday, August 5
Thursday, September 2
Friday, September 17
Plane Talks: In Observance of 74th Anniversary of the Air Force and National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to the Air Force and POWs. More information
Thursday, October 7
Thursday, November 4
Thursday, November 11
Plane Talks: Veterans Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to Veterans Day. More information
Thursday, December 2
Tuesday, December 7
Plane Talks: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to Pearl Harbor. More information
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)