National Museum of the US Air Force
- Official site
- Google Maps
- Free admission
- Less than 30 minutes from Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Great exhibits of USA aviation history from the 1800s to present day
We learned about this museum from Vicky’s friends in Yellow Spring.
They mentioned the magic word, free, which convinced us to plan a visit to the museum on our way to our next assignment in Indiana. We were fortunate because we were able to visit before they temporarily closed the museum due to the Coronavirus (press release).
We managed to enjoy most of the exhibits in about three hours. However, after visiting the museum and see everything it has to offer, Vicky and I agreed that it will take at least four hours of your time to truly enjoy the museum. To fully appreciate the museum including the movies and interactive exhibits, plan to set aside a full day.
Accessible Tourism Notes
While the museum is accessible to everyone, certain exhibits have limited accessibility.
For example, you are allowed to enter some of the planes to look around. This includes the retired Air Force One that flew President Kennedy’s body back to Washington after being assassinated in Dallas. Since they installed glass panels to prevent people from touching the exhibit, the path is a narrow one requiring the ability to navigate under your own power. Even at 6-foot-two with a large frame, I had to duck upon entry/exit and navigate at an angle.
As a Deaf visitor, I appreciated the video displays throughout the museum with open captioning. Due to time constraints, we did not view the movies or check out the virtual reality simulator. (I’ve contacted the museum to verify whether these exhibits are accessible or not and will update this as soon as they respond.)