If you love aviation, the Chico Air Museum is a dream destination for you! It’s also a great place to take your kids to teach them – “The sky is not the limit, your mind is” (Marilyn Munroe). Not only is the museum dedicated to preserving aircraft as well as aviation, but it also houses an abundance of space exploration artifacts.
Begin your visit at the outdoor museum, where you’ll see an impressive display of jet and propeller-driven aircraft. Displays include fully restored vintage military planes and civilian aircraft.
Next, explore the indoor museum, which features unique artifacts and fascinating historical pieces. You’ll gain new insights about the history of flight, from its earliest years to the present.
For a deeper dive into the history of aviation, spend some time at the research library, stocked with all the tools you need to discover a new understanding about flight.
Stop by the gift shop for a great selection of souvenirs, videos and gifts for the aviator enthusiast.
For a unique experience, discover the world-class aviation speaker series and history forums. Past speakers include Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson, P-51 Triple Ace pilot and author of “To Fly and Fight,” Brian Binnie, astronaut, test pilot, and pilot of SpaceShipOne, and Vance Parker, former Blue Angel solo pilot.
The Chico Air Museum has a volunteer staff, all dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of aviation and space exploration. If aviation is in your blood, you can volunteer as a docent, aircraft or artifact technician, facilities assistant, or even website administrator.
If you or a member of your family has a history in aviation, the museum always welcomes artifact donations. Your donation helps educate the public about the science and romance of flight.
Have a family reunion or other event coming up soon? You can rent event space at the Chico Air Museum for a truly unique private event. Celebrate the history of aviation and space exploration during your next family get-together. Proceeds help the museum preserve this valuable history.
Explore the history and romance of flight on your next visit to Chico at the Chico Air Museum.
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Next, explore the exciting world of science at the Gateway Science Museum at California State University at Chico.
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