National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The free National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum.  Be amazed as you explore 19 acres of indoor exhibits featuring over 360 aerospace vehicles!  Don't miss the co-located National Aviation Hall of Fame honoring aviation and aerospace pioneers.

To better protect the public, all visitors will be directed to enter the museum via a new entrance to the right of the traditional entrance. Vaccinated visitors are not required to wear masks, and sanitation stations are set up throughout the museum.  

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In order to achieve the highest public health standards, cleaning procedures have been enhanced throughout the museum, including an increased frequency in the disinfecting of high-traffic areas and surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are now available in each gallery and new directional signage is also in place. In addition, plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all of the cashier stations in the Valkyrie Café, Museum Store, Air Force Museum Theatre, and simulator rides.

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Take a Virtual Tour

The virtual tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery either by using a drop-down map or by following navigational arrows connecting the individual nodes. Icons indicate hotspots where the visitor can get additional information such as videos, audio and links to online resources.


Plan Your Visit

A “MUST SEE!” in Dayton, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum and Ohio’s most visited FREE tourist attraction with over 1 million annual visitors. 



Tour 9 Presidential Aircrafts

The William E. Boeing Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view an historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them, including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower as well as the Boeing VC-137C also known as SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.




Memphis Belle Video

The Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle footage after the exterior restoration in 2018 and footage of the aircraft and crew from WWII. 

Explore Aviation's Past, Present, and Future

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid 19 acres of indoor exhibit space
Exhibits are arranged chronologically so it’s easy to visit the areas that interest you most. 
  • Examine a Wright Brothers plane 
  • Sit in a jet cockpit 
  • Walk through a NASA shuttle crew compartment trainer 
  • Board and tour four of nine Presidential airplanes including the plane that flew Kennedy's body back from Dallas and upon which Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President.  
  • Stand in awe of the iconic Memphis Belle (permanent exhibit opens May 2018) or the world’s only permanent public display of a B-2 stealth bomber.
Or, take in one of the multiple daily movies at the Air Force Museum Theatre’s new state-of-the-art D3D Cinema showing a wide range of films on a massive 80 foot by 60-foot screen.
Satisfy your hunger at the Museum’s cafeteria (where you can even try out freeze-dried ‘astronaut ice cream!’), or shop for one-of-a-kind aviation gifts in the Museum’s impressive gift shop.
The newer (opened in 2016) fourth hangar, a 224,000 square foot, climate-controlled building is a dedicated gallery space presenting the Air Force's past, present and future in space and consolidates the presidential and research and development aircraft.  The fourth hangar also houses aircraft such as the C-141C Hanoi Taxi and the C-130E.
1100 Spaatz Street
Gate 28B, enter on Springfield St.
Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, Ohio 45433
937-255-3286 Ext. 331
 (937) 255-3286

Take a Daycation for More Family Fun

After exploring the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, you'll be ready for some more aviation fun and Dayton does not disappoint!  We've put together multiple "Daycation" ideas for you and your family and friends!
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