Museum Layout

The National Museum of the United States Air Force tells a moving story, one of epic proportions involving man and machine, which begins with early experimenters of flight before the Wright brothers got off the ground. This includes "lighter-than-air" experiments involving massive balloons, gliders, and airships. Visitors then get an in-depth look at the contributions of Dayton's-own Wright brothers team and continue on with the military implementation of aircraft into the action of World War I. Another exciting exhibit is centered around the "first" flights of the 1920's and '30's, and then moves towards the action of World War II. Interwoven throughout the museum is the evolution and history of the United States Air Force; a saga that is still being written today.


That's not all! Visitors can venture out of the main complex towards two World War II vintage hangars and view aircraft from the Presidential and Research and Development collections. The National Museum also hosts IMAX theaters, special events, shopping opportunities, dining, entertainment, and educational programs to extend the potential of your visit.

This pictorial tour will allow you to sample all the major galleries within the National Museum of the United States Air Force, including the Presidential Aircraft and Research and Development/Flight Test Galleries which are located in a secure area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Visitors must sign up and travel on a bus to see that area of the museum. The Airpark, including the Eighth Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut, and the Memorial Park are shown in the Outside Exhibits Area.

Enjoy the exhibit slideshow, then visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force to see the exhibits in person!


Exhibit Slideshow

Early Years

World War I

Between the Wars

Prelude to World War II

World War II

Korean War

Southeast Asia War

Cold War

Missile and Space


R&D/Flight Tests

Special Exhibits

Outdoor Exhibits 

National Aviation Hall of Fame

Plan Your Visit

In order to make your visit to the museum as enjoyable as possible, we have provided some information you want to look at before you arrive.


Museum Hours

Open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

FREE admission!
FREE parking!

Air Force Museum Theatre
7 days a week: 10:30am – 5:00pm

Air Force Museum Theatre Concessions
7 days a week: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Flight Simulators
7 days a week: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Dog Tags
7 days a week: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Valkyrie Café
7 days a week: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Refueling Cafe
7 days a week: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Museum Store
7 days a week: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Freeze Frame Photo Op
7 days a week: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Membership Desk
7 days a week: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Museum Location

1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 (near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286