The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum, AND it is FREE, has FREE PARKING, AND is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Loaded with over 350+ aerospace vehicles, plus thousands of artifacts, you could visit the museum every day of the year and see and learn something new.
But, you may not know that you can experience the museum’s tremendous assets via the fun of a scavenger hunt! That’s right! The museum has curated SEVEN interactive, downloadable, and printable “scavenger hunts” for visitors. The goal is to conduct self-guided tours while finding the information throughout the museum to complete the scavenger hunts!
Challenge yourself or your friends and family to see who can complete any of the seven scavenger hunts. Try all seven and prove yourself a scavenger hunt champion!
The scavenger hunts are a perfect, fun activity as the weather turns cooler and indoor pasttimes become even more appealing. Plus, with seven different scavenger hunts, you’re bound to discover new parts of the museum in each hunt!
Read more below to learn about each of the interactive hunts, and plan your next adventure to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located right here in Greater Dayton!
Highlights Scavenger Hunt of Buildings 1-3
This “highlights” scavenger hunt will take you through several parts of the NMUSAF. Your exploration will guide you from the first flight to today’s modern jet aircraft. Each section of this “highlights” scavenger hunt has directions on which way you should head to find the next section of answers.
Scavenger Hunt of Buildings 1-3
This informational scavenger hunt will lead you through buildings 1-3 of the NMUSAF. Your journey will take you from the first flight to today’s modern jet aircraft. Follow the directions and look for the clues. Answer as many questions as you can.
Scavenger Hunt of Building 4
This educational scavenger hunt meets many Learning Objectives and the Ohio’s Department of Education Learning Standards for grades 6-12, great for adventurers, homeschooling families or co-ops. Follow the red, italicized directions to find all the answers to this 25-question scavenger hunt, all about Building 4!
Space Scavenger Hunt
This educational scavenger hunt will lead you through some of the NMUSAF’s space exhibits. To begin, follow a museum map to the hallway just before the Missile Gallery. Use the map included in this scavenger hunt to help you find the location of each questions’ answer. This scavenger hunt does not take you through the galleries in order. This is a true hunt. Bring your thinking cap!
Seek and Find Animals
Many of the aircraft have names of birds, bugs or mammals. Some aircraft have pictures of animals on them and there are two exhibits about animals. How many of these can you find? Match the picture of the animal with the picture of the aircraft. Look for these in the EARLY YEARS GALLERY and look for the exhibit about “Stumpy” John Silver, the World War I carrier pigeon.
Women in the Air Force Buildings 1 & 2
This scavenger hunt, focused in Buildings 1 and 2, highlights the labor and contributions of women in the Air Force from the Army Air Corps through the war in Southeast Asia. Use the names in the name bank to help you find each Person of Interest. The pictures and information provided will lead you to each Person of Interest. Hunt for the answer to each bonus question below each card, found near the same exhibit. This is not a timed scavenger hunt. Read through each exhibit carefully.