Each year, the museum hosts hundreds of events that help convey the Air Force story and military aviation spirit. Indoor and outdoor events range from flying events, exhibit openings and aircraft rollouts to ceremonies, reunion groups, memorial dedications and guest lectures.

Upcoming Events


The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility. We offer six free guided tours of the galleries a day, as well as a Glimpse Behind the Scenes program that provides an opportunity to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

Click here to for more information about tour dates and times.



50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

New Space Suit Exhibit on display

"Apollo 11: First Steps 2D"
showing daily at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.


Virtual Reality Simulators ($)
offering two space experiences
Apollo and Beyond VR
Space Walk VR


Plane Talks

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.


Future Plane Talks
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force teams up with the USAF Band of Flight and other performers for concerts throughout the year.


Concerts are free and open to the public, and at times, tickets are required. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances last approximately 70-90 minutes and may include an intermission.


For more information about upcoming concerts,
please call (937) 522-3252.







"Holiday in Blue" concerts (tickets required)

Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 4 tickets per requester.
Tickets may be obtained in person or by mail order beginning on Monday, November 18 at 9 a.m.
For more information contact Public Affairs at (937) 522-3252.


In-person requests:

Visitors with access to WPAFB with a valid ID can pick up tickets in the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office located in Area A, Bldg. 10, Room 252 during normal duty hours.

Visitors without base access can pick up tickets in the lobby of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mail orders:

Tickets may also be requested by sending a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:

AF Band of Flight
3920 Lear St, Bldg 1420
WPAFB, OH  45433-5721

Please include a note with the date of the concert you would like to see and the number of tickets desired. Limited quantities are available; those interested are encouraged to send their request in as soon as possible.

(Please do not duplicate your ticket order. Use only one of the methods listed above).



Air Force Museum Theatre Events


The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Film Series and a Hollywood Film Series on several dates throughout the year. The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation.  There is a cost associated with these film series.  Visit the links above for more information.


 Living History Series ($)

Additional dates coming soon!

Hollywood Film Series ($)
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - Lion King
Sunday, Dec. 22 2019, 4 p.m. - The Polar Express


* The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a federally owned and operated facility. Therefore, by regulation, certain types of events and activities are prohibited at the museum. Some of the types of prohibited events are as follows:


   - Non-military/private organization events

    - Fundraising and non-profit events

    - Holiday parties

    - Weddings and wedding receptions

    - Funerals

    - Political events

    - Gambling events

    - Religious events

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

The museum receives an overwhelming number of requests for military ceremonies (re-enlistments, retirements, promotions, change of commands, etc.) and must limit ceremonies to General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and the HQ AFMC Command Chief.  (WPAFB personnel should contact their organization’s protocol office for more information).


Other individuals not listed above may hold a non-support ceremony at the museum.  Non-support ceremonies are intended to allow individuals the opportunity to stand near an aircraft or exhibit for the purpose of conducting a small, brief promotion or retirement ceremony.  Complex ceremonies requiring reserved parking, chairs, podiums, sound systems, presentation tables, briefing rooms, and/or musical support, do not qualify for non-support status and cannot be held at the museum.  For more information regarding non-support ceremonies, please call 937-255-8046.

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

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.

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