While the Wright brother’s made history with their first flight in North Carolina, the Midwest has been a host to many aviation greats and is home to an array of museums to tell their tales.
The sky’s the limit with these venues, housing amazing plane specimens for your viewing pleasure and often interactive experiences.
EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, WI
As one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world, this year-round destination let’s the imaginations of children of all ages soar. From historic aircraft exhibits to their interactive gallery, AirVenture creates a unique experience for all attendees. Enjoy group tours, including a viewing of “Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation” and utilize one of their many meeting or event spaces. No matter the size of your group, AirVenture has a space that will help your creativity take flight.
For close to forty years, the Combat Air Museum has been a tourist destination wrapped in education. Located on an active air field, visitors are often treated to flying activities of the Air Force, Army, and Kansas Air National Guard. The many aircraft and exhibits on display can be perused at your leisure or with a friendly tour guide, tours are included during all event space rentals.
AirZoo, Portage, MI
A culmination of fun and science, this aviation ‘amusement park’ is an experience like no other. Enjoy the indoor Ferris wheel, take a ride in a bi-plane (seasonal), or jump like a paratrooper, these are just a few of the exciting elements you will discover at AirZoo. Enjoy a casual meeting with BBQ or host an elegant holiday party, whatever the occasion you can enjoy it under the skies of AirZoo.
Fargo Air Museum, Fargo, ND
Starting in 2001, the Fargo Air Museum became North Dakota’s premiere aviation destination. This pet-friendly attraction houses a modern Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone, the Midwest’s largest Aviation libraries, and military memorabilia and exhibits in its dual hangars. Easily accessed from Interstate 29, this location is a unique venue waiting to be discovered by your group, with seating for 400+ guests.
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Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, NE
History takes flight in Nebraska with over 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit, education, event space, and the FS-VC “Dual System” flight simulator. From aircraft to spacecraft, SAC inspires and entertains all ages. Participate in one of many yearly events, or create an event all your own with spaces for 10 - 3000.
Delving into the aviation heritage of the area, Liberty Aviation Museum includes two hangars, a museum, and the 1950’s era themed ‘Tin Goose Diner.’ View a refurbished B-25, WWII Bomber, lovingly named “Georgie’s Gal” while exploring the many exhibits. All areas are able to be booked for your next event, so don’t wait to set your eyes to the skies.
Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, Fort Wayne, IN
Located within the secured side of the Lt. Paul Bear terminal at Fort Wayne International Airport, this museum is only open to those who have cleared the Security Checkpoint or have a reserved museum tour arranged. Tours are free and last about 1.5 hours, requiring a two week advanced reservation. Who said layovers had to be boring? With a little planning you can enjoy a tour while visiting Indiana.