National Museum of World War II Aviation

National Museum of World War II Aviation

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum's new 40,000 sq ft hangar is now open at 775 Aviation Way, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Visitors can walk around the museum on their own and hosts are available to answer questions. Two hour docent led tours are offered at 10:30 AM , 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and include a visit to WestPac, a private WWII aircraft restoration company.
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2-3 hours
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Joe G
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Our docent was Arnie and he was wonderful! He was quite knowledgeable and patient yet kept us going at a good pace. It was fascinating to hear the histories of these planes and how they were used during the war. He also covered the pre-war period and how our country stepped up to the challenge of adapting industry to the war effort. The $5 docent tour also included a look behind the scenes at the extensive restoration of planes.
Although there were plenty of placards to read on a self guided tour, I’d strongly recommend splurging on the docent-led tour. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get Arnie-a retired Marine helicopter pilot and retired airline pilot.
We’ve been to lots of aviation museums and this one had so much info we had never heard before.
Written July 13, 2022
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Mere
Colorado Springs2 contributions
Jul 2022
Ray, our tour docent, used very effective interpersonal style and communication skill to guide both young and older adults through the historical presentation and authentic exhibition of WWII Aviation. The quality and quantity of restored planes on display, all of which are fully operational, is no less than spectacular. The skill and expertise of the restoration crew, which work behind the scenes, is impressive and inspirational. The instructor-led hands-on flight simulation at conclusion of tour is fascinating and exciting for all ages and worth the extra time and miniscule cost. We will be repeat visitors of the museum and scheduled live events!
Written July 3, 2022
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Rafael J
1 contribution
Nov 2022
This was a valuable, pleasurable and entertaining history lesson that included a) an impressive collection and displays of WW II aircraft, most of which are still airworthy, and b) a comprehensive summary of the major/key events of the war.

Docent Kirk Brown, a retired Air Force officer, was our tour guide. Kirk's narration included just the right proportions of factual details and personal anecdotes.

The guided tour costs just $5 over the price of admission and it is well worth it!

The tour guides (docents) and many others at the museum are knowledgeable volunteers who donate their time, labor and dedication to the success of this not-for-profit, privately funded organization.

Don't miss the flight simulators!
Written November 21, 2022
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Nicky H
Thousand Oaks, CA2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This is truly a fantastic place to visit. The displays and artifacts provided an informative timeline and history from WWI and through WWII. What was truly amazing were the planes and the fact the the majority still fly. The restoration that occurs on site was mind blowing. All the museum staff/volunteers we interacted with were so knowledgeable and personable. Blair gave a great tour of the working shop with the current planes being restored (this is included in the price of admission and only accessible with a guide). My six year old son was in awe the whole time and loved doing the flight simulator that is in one of the hangers with more planes and vehicles. I would definitely recommend a visit, especially if you are a WWII or aviation buff.
Written July 11, 2022
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edwardjc2018
Brooklyn, NY3 contributions
May 2022
If you're taking the time to go out of your way to visit this museum, please pay for a tour. I'm a HUGE airplane nerd who's poured over tons of books and anytime I go on one of these tours I still learn a bunch of stuff I never knew. Joe the Cobra Pilot was one of the best aviation museum guides I've had the pleasure of seeing.

If you see Joe, ask him about the time he sat next to a WW1 aviator on a plane and let him tell you the story.

The planes and exhibits are incredible and well worth the trip by themselves, but you are doing yourself a disservice by not visiting here and listening to these amazing stories about amazing people and an incredible time.
Written May 27, 2022
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Westback
Boulder, CO63 contributions
Jun 2022
You could easily spend most of a day here. The 2-hour guided tour is an absolute must. You don't get dry facts about aircraft specifications (although I'm sure our guide could have answered any questions about them). Our volunteer docent Johnny, who flew in the Viet Nam war, told wonderful stories about the planes and the people who flew them. Another docent, Verne, demonstrated the first trainer for flying on instruments.

Our age puts limits on how long we can stand and walk around, so we are planning a return trip so we can spend another couple of hours looking at exhibits and reading the signage at our own pace. Younger people could do it all in a day, but we would recommend at least 3 and maybe 4 hours including the guided tour.

We are not pilots and have no experience with the aircraft industry, but we were fascinated by the entire experience. Another joy--it is all indoors and air conditioned (which surprised us).
Written June 18, 2022
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Kendall M
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
This museum is fascinating even for someone like myself who does not know a lot about planes! Such great history and stories behind each plane. We paid the extra $5 dollars for the guided tour and it was awesome! Our docent was Don and he had such amazing knowledge about the planes. I would recommend going to one of the earlier guided tours in day so that you have time to walk back through the museum and read anything you missed. Also very cool to know that all the planes are in flight condition and the museum does flights with some of the planes every month!
Written July 30, 2021
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piratesr1
Calabash, NC46 contributions
Aug 2021
What an amazing experience! I highly recommend the docent-led guided tours. They cost only $5.00 more than the self-guided tour but worth many times that amount. I believe they have three a day: 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30. There are multiple hangars of beautifully restored aircraft all of which are in perfect flying condition. You also get to see planes that are in the process of being restored. They have two planes that were buried in the ground in New Guinea. One has been fully restored flying condition, the other is in the condition it was found. But it’s all the human stories, that go along with the aircraft, that make this place so special. Our docent, Johnny, is a retired military pilot. What amazing stories he told! After hearing him talk about restoring dug up planes to full flying condition in a year or two, I asked him how big the staff is at the adjoining facility that does the restorations. He stunned me by saying the paid staff is eight people including owner, clerical, etc. Most of the work is done by volunteers! I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.
Written August 22, 2021
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Lorna M
7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband, being a former naval aviator and history buff, wanted to go to this museum as we passed through Colorado Springs. We paid an extra $5 for the tour (not just entry to the museum) and I am so glad we did! The 2-hour tour was incredible! Our guide (Don Johnson) was very successful in his mission to walk us through the history of WWII and the impact that aviation had on its outcome. He was informative, interesting, and thought-provoking. We cannot recommend this place enough for an in-depth reminder of the bravery and grit of our WWII heroes!
Written August 14, 2021
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Shweta J
Goodyear, AZ5 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Time well spent. A small fee to see the museum and spend a great few hours with volunteer veterans who are very passionate and patient.
Loved looking at the unique West PAC restoration area which is included in the fee of the tour guide.
Written May 30, 2022
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