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National Museum of the United States Air Force

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. The museum welcomes about one million visitors from around the world each year and boasts 17 acres of indoor exhibit space, more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and thousands of artifacts.
Address

National Museum of the United States Air Force
1100 Spaatz St.

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (937) 255-3286

E-mail Address(es)

nationalmuseum.mu@us.af.mil

Hours

Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours:

Website(s)

Homepage

Admission

FREE

Special Offers

Military Family
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The museum welcomes military families. With free admission and parking and more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display, the museum is a great destination for families traveling to or through the Dayton area.

Behind the Scenes Tours
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Behind the Scenes Tours are regularly scheduled, free guided tours of the museum's restoration area. Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex. Tours are offered every Friday (some exceptions) at 12:15 p.m. Advance registration is required. More information: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/tours.asp

Parking

FREE

Events

Family Day: Dawn Patrol
Family Day: Destination Space Station
Family Day: National Aviation Day
Family Day: Spooktacular Aerospace Fun
Giant Scale RC Model Aircraft Air Show
Holiday Concert
Home School Day
Patriot Day Concert
World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Aerial view of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)


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  • Military Family

    The museum welcomes military families. With free admission and parking and more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display, the museum is a great destination for families traveling to or through the Dayton area.

    Free admission and parking

  • Behind the Scenes Tours

    Behind the Scenes Tours are regularly scheduled, free guided tours of the museum's restoration area. Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex. Tours are offered every Friday (some exceptions) at 12:15 p.m. Advance registration is required. More information: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/tours.asp

    Free

DiscoverOhio Itineraries

  • Take Flight with Ohio's Aviation History
    by Discover Ohio

    From the founders of flight to the first American to orbit the Earth, Ohio has been at the forefront of aviation. So strap in and take off for a tour of the state’s rich aviation and space exploration history.

    Begin at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum to see the intertwined history of land and air transportation. This museum entertains with engaging exhibits and activities. Next visit the MAPS Air Museum, dedicated to military aviation. Witness exhibits of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American military aviators in World War II, alongside other aircraft of various periods. 

    Then travel to the International Women’s Air & Space Museum, which pays tribute to the achievements of women in aviation and space. Learn about famous women like Amelia Earhart and Jackie Cochran. Visit the the museum dedicated to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. On display, are the Gemini 8 spacecraft in which Armstrong flew and Apollo 11 artifacts. In the museum's Astro-theater, multimedia presentations of the sights and sounds of space unfold against a starry background.

    Ohio’s space history continues with your visit to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center at the Great Lakes Science Center. Stop at Grimes Field, Urbana’s municipal airport, for a tour of a museum devoted to Warren Grimes, who is known as the father of the aircraft lighting industry.

     
    See where aviation was born at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The area tells the story of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. A critical stop on the Ohio aviation tour is a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force with more than 400 aerospace vehicles.

    The final stop is the Tri-State Warbird Museum near Cincinnati. Watch World War II military aircraft, nicknamed ‘Warbirds,’ take to the skies as they did while defending the country decades ago.

  • One State, Eight Presidents
    by Discover Ohio

    In the 50 years before the roaring 1920s, 10 men were elected President, eight hailed from Ohio--giving the state its nickname, "Mother of Presidents." From Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Warren G. Harding, the list of Ohio presidents includes some of the most influential leaders in history.

    Whether you’re a history buff or just patriotic, you can embark on a multi-day journey visiting monuments and paying tribute to the nation’s former leaders.

    On Day One, visit the home of President Garfield and the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, a 232-foot by 136-foot marble memorial. Don’t forget to stop by the National First Ladies’ Library.

    On Day Two, travel to the Hayes Presidential Center, which includes a museum, as well as the Hayes Tomb. Then venture to the Warren Harding Memorial.

    Day Three takes off at the National Air Force Museum. Check out the retired “Air Force One” that carried President Kennedy’s body to Washington, D.C.

    On Day Four, travel to the Cincinnati-area to visit the birthplace and boyhood homes of Presidents William Howard Taft and Ulysses S. Grant.

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