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 Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
FREE Admission & Parking
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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: Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. 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.


Pomvom: (937) 741-0249 


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.

  • April 2022
  • May 2022
  • July 2022
  • September 2022
  • November 2022
  • December 2022

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