Take a Field Trip Through History

The Museum of Aviation offers guided tours and programs to bring history to life for ages 5 through adulthood.

Guided Tours are history-based tours led by trained staff from the Museum of Aviation Education Center, and participants have an opportunity to go inside an airplane. We provide tours for ages 5 through adulthood, including businesses, schools, and virtual groups. Attendees can sign up for a Mission Quest Team Building program that will help to strengthen any team and focuses on teamwork and communication. The Resource Center offers workshops and resources to teachers and educators of all kinds, including homeschooling parents. We also offer unique scavenger hunts and planetarium experiences. Get started today.

Guided Tours & History Programs

In-house and virtual field trip programs to schools and groups ages 5 to adult.

Immerse yourself in the riveting world of aviation history with our special guided tours and history programs. Whether you’re a seasoned aviation enthusiast or a curious newcomer, our engaging programs offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the remarkable stories, groundbreaking innovations, and awe-inspiring machines that have shaped the course of flight. Join us on a journey through time as we unveil the captivating narratives that have propelled us into the skies and beyond.

General Information

  • In person tours are $7 per person.
  • All Virtual Tours are $75.
  • A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking for groups of 11 or more.
  • A $25 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking for groups of 10 or less.
  • Deposits will be applied to the final balance and must be paid to reserve your date.
  • No-shows and day of cancellations will not receive a refund.
  • All guided tours are 60-90 minutes.  Virtual tours are 45-60 minutes.
  • Due to limited space, only teachers and chaperones are allowed to attend.
  • We respectfully ask for planning purposes that accurate numbers are provided a week prior to the scheduled tour.
  • Tours must be paid in full 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour (unless previously discussed).

Heritage Tours (Ages 5 - Adult)

Heritage programs offers in-house and virtual field trip programs to schools and groups ages 5 to adult. Guided tours feature the C-130 “Hercules” for an inside-an-aircraft experience. There are several program options to choose from, including specialized programs aligned to 5th, 7th, & 8th grade standards.

  • Custom Tour: To correlate the Guided Tour specifically to your classroom curriculum, please advise when scheduling.  Standards that can be met are SSH6 (a)(b)(d)(e).
  • Schedule: Guided Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and will include one or more buildings. Must be scheduled in advance.
  • Group Size: Minimum of 10 participants for Guided Tours
  • Cost: $7 per participant
  • C130 Experience: Add on the C130 experience to any tour for $15.00 per class. Discount provided for groups from the same school. You will also go inside the C-130 “Hercules” fuselage for an exclusive inside-an-aircraft experience.While inside the C-130 “Hercules,” you will watch a video on paratroopers and other missions performed by the C-130.
  • Additional Questions: Email us at heritagetours@museumofaviation.org
  • Group Deposits:
    • There is a required $50 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking for groups of 11 or more that will be applied to your final balance.
    • There is a required $25 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking for groups of 10 or less that will be applied to your final balance.

WWII Guided Tour & Geronimo’s Interactive Classroom (4th Grade & Above)

Learn about America’s involvement in World War II in the Scott Hangar. This tour includes the Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit as well as exclusive access to Geronimo’s classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to view real World War II artifacts and experience hands-on learning in Geronimo’s Interactive Classroom.

To correlate the Guided Tour specifically to your classroom curriculum, especially 5th grade standards, please advise when scheduling. Standards that can be met are SS5H6 and SS5H8.

  • Class Size: Minimum of 10 participants
  • Cost: $7 per participant

C-130 Experience & Aircraft Tour (Pre K & Above)

Exclusive C130 Access

  • Class Size: Minimum of 10 participants
  • Cost: $7 per participant

US Airpower: World War II – Present

Learn significant events in U.S. Aviation history and understand technology developments driven by wartime and peacetime periods.  Explore the role of Georgia in WWII as well as the impact of the War in Middle Georgia and beyond.

  • Schedule: This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and can be tailored to 7th-8th Grades as well as High School and J/ROTC Cadets.  Must be scheduled in advance.
  • Class Size: Minimum of 10 participants
  • Cost: $7 per participant

ACE Plus History Guided Tour (K - 5th Grades)

ACE Plus combines both the ACE STEM Program with a Guided History Tour of 1-2 buildings. Students also experience the C-130 Hercules Airplane Exhibit by learning about the role of the aircraft and paratroopers.
  • Schedule: Must be scheduled in advance.
  • Cost: $12 per student ($5 for ACE & $7 for Guided Tour)
  • All other ACE guidelines apply.

Self-Guided Tours – Free, No Tour Guide

The Museum offers downloadable resources to assist you as you guide your group through the hangars.

We are grateful for the opportunity to tour the Museum and learn about some of the interesting and informative WWII artifacts and exhibits you have. Thank you immensely for providing the trivia/ scavenger hunt! They were a great guide. It was the perfect introduction to our WWII unit. Many students had questions and wonderings they were excited about researching further. Keep your goodness up!

4th Grade Teacher, Peach County, GA

Everything went flawlessly! What wonderful and informative guides we had. Students were engaged and were given opportunities to ask questions. Seeing parts of the museum will likely encourage them to visit with their families.

INSTRUCTOR

Mission Quest Flight Simulators & Space Programs

Chart Your Course, Take Flight, Achieve Your Mission!

Mission Quest offers 6th grade through adults in-house, virtual, and ‘On the Go’ outreach field trip and adult team building programs to schools, organizations, and groups. It features the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab, Astronomy, and other special missions. The Flight Simulation program is also opened to families and groups of 6 or more and is best for 6th grade – adults.

School Sponsored Program

The 3-hour Mission Quest program involves planning and flying a mission.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Students will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.  This is a state-of-the-art facility for simulated flight and non-combat aviation application. All participants must be 6th grade and above.  This program is education orientated and for schools/colleges to include (J)ROTC and Interns.

  • Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.
  • Class size: Minimum of 8 – Maximum of 14 participants (Special arrangements may be available on a case by case basis for larger groups)
  • Cost: $20 per participant
  • Basic instruction includes:
    • Aerodynamics
    • Communications
    • Flight Planning and Chart Use
    • Teamwork
    • Risk Assessment
    • Science and Technology
    • Basic Flight Physics
    • Situational Awareness
    • Decision-making
    • Aerospace Math

Scouts & CAP Program

This program is tailored for Scouts and Civil Air Patrol and involves planning and flying a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Participants will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.

The Museum of Aviation offers a Mission Quest program for the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge. Originally designed by a Mission Quest Instructor and Boy Scout Counselor, the program follows the guidelines of the Scout Handbook, providing updated tools and resources to assist Scout Leaders and Counselors. The curriculum features aeronautical principles, navigation, instrumentation, and flight preparation, culminating in the Scout Squadron’s simulated flight.  Girl Scouts are also invited to schedule this Aviation Flight Simulation program.

-Due to time constraints, the glider portion of the Aviation badge is not covered during this program.  Scout leaders are asked to complete this on their own at an alternate time.  A template is attached for your convenience: MQ Glider Instructions

  • Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.
  • Class size: Minimum of 8 – Maximum of 14 participants (Participants must be 6th grade or up) (Special arrangements may be available on a case by case basis for larger groups)
  • Cost: This package is $25 per Scout.

Families, Groups & Birthdays

Can your family or group of friends complete the mission?

The 2-hour Mission Quest program for families, informal/non-business groups, and birthdays involves planning and flying a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Participants will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.

  • Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.
  • Class size: Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants (Participants must be 6th grade or up)
  • Cost: This package is $30 per person.

Astronomy in the Planetarium (6th – 12th grades)

Students will go inside a STARLAB planetarium to experience a visual exploration of astronomy and our solar system.

The program can be scheduled during and after school.  Each rotation in the planetarium lasts approx. 20 -30 minutes and can accommodate up to 10 students per rotation, depending on size.

  • Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.
  • Class size: Minimum of 10 – Maximum of 20 – 30 participants depending on size and age.
  • Cost: $5 per participant
  • Curriculum Options:
    • Astronomy
    • Solar System

Aviation Team Building (Adult Groups)

The 3 hour Aviation Team Building program builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. It provides your staff an opportunity to plan and fly a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation lab. Your mission success depends on working together for mutual support. Your team will have learned valuable team building cohesiveness and leadership skills.

The program offers participants the opportunity to engage in realistic flight scenarios. “Crew members” will fly state-of-the-art B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators while working to complete specific team-oriented goals. Live ATC will monitor your mission, but you will have to plan it with your squadron. No flight experience necessary.

The program includes:

  • Situational Awareness
  • Science and Technology
  • Teamwork
  • Basic Flight Physics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Decision-making
  • Flight Planning
  • Communications

Schedule: Varies to fit your needs

Class Size:  Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants

Cost: $50 per participant for 3 hour program

"On the Go" STARLAB Planetarium

The Mission Quest Astronomy ‘On the Go’ Outreach program brings the STARLAB planetarium to your school or location during and afterschool.

  • Offered to schools within 50 miles of the Museum of Aviation.
  • Program will last approximately 30-45 minutes per session/rotation.
  • Minimum 40 participants per session/rotation

Cost is $5 Per Participant/Minimum fee $250 for an after school-hour program

Items for Sale

Additional Items for Sale: Mission Quest Air Crew T-Shirt ($10 each) or Mission Quest Patch ($5 each)

This program far exceeded our expectations!!! It was amazing!!! The staff were fun and engaging. The tour for the World War II hangar was fascinating, and the kids had a blast while also learning history. We are already planning future trips.

SCOUT LEADER