The boys and I traveled to Dayton, Ohio for a mid-week visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the museum is a one hour drive from Columbus. With free admission and parking, this is a budget friendly day trip that can be enjoyed by the entire family. The volunteers who work here are truly wonderful which adds to the many reasons we enjoy visiting. If you stop at an information desk, they usually have wings pins for young visitors so be sure to ask during your visit.
Covering over 19 acres, it has earned the title of both the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The expansive indoor exhibit features a variety of aerospace vehicles and missiles. Since we went during the week, the museum was really quiet. It felt like we had the place to ourselves for the majority of our visit. When we did see other families, there was plenty of room to explore well within social distancing standards.
The facility is a wonderful place to learn and explore with informational signs and videos placed throughout to compliment the vehicles and artifacts. Additionally, the various buildings host an array of interactive exhibits and opportunities to go inside several aerospace vehicles. While, interactive exhibits are temporarily closed due to the pandemic, there is so much to see during your visit. With plenty of room to explore, it’s the perfect place to visit with children during a cold or rainy day.
If you are planning to visit the museum, they are open daily (except major holidays) from 9am to 5pm. While admission and parking are free, there is a restaurant and gift shop on-site for food and merchandise purchases. Currently, masks are required for adults and children (age 3 years and older). I recommend visiting their website for up to date admission information.
To make the most of our day trip, we also explored Eastwood Metro Park which is conveniently located right down the street from the museum. The park offered paved trails, picnic areas, a playground and serene waterways. I’ll share a separate post on that part of our visit later this week.
National Museum of the United States Air Force | 1100 Spaatz Street | Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433