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Visit the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

One of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world, the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is located at the site of the EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest aviation event.

The heart and soul of any good museum is its collection, and the EAA AirVenture Museum is no exception. Their collection of historic artifacts began in 1962 when Steve Wittman donated his famous air racer “Bonzo” and the EAA Air Museum was founded. It has since flowered into a magnificent assortment of over 20,000 historic aviation objects.

The EAA AirVenture Museum has world-class displays and galleries to be explored by all ages. Marvel at aviation innovations in the collection of more than 250 historic airplanes. Spend time in one of the five movie theaters. Take a ride in a vintage airplane. Witness a piece of history in the Eagle Hangar, a tribute to World War II aviation.

The KidVenture Gallery features simulators, aircraft cockpits and much more. The 3,000-square foot gallery is designed as a funfi lled way to increase young people’s knowledge and enthusiasm in the trilling world of flight.

In 1983, when the present EAA AirVenture Museum was built at Oshkosh, provisions were made to accommodate the library materials that had been collecting since the beginnings of the EAA itself in 1953. Serious efforts to catalog the collection were undertaken in 1984 and in 1985 the library opened. The library’s book collection contains almost 9,000 volumes ranging in subjects from biographies to aerodynamics to everything in between.

Over 100,000 images can also be found in the library. Beginning with the Wright brothers and continuing into the space age, the photo archives are an invaluable resource and have something for everyone. In addition to books and photos, the library also contains a journal collection that spans from the late 1800’s to the present and a large assortment of technical manuals.

The library is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends by special appointment. There is no charge to access the library and photocopies are available for ten cents a page for those wishing to take home a piece of their trip.

There is just as much going on outside as there is inside! The Museum maintains an extremely varied airworthy fleet – everything from a powered parachute to a B-17 Flying Fortress! Many are operated to give ordinary people the chance to fly in historic aircraft, others are used to provide flight demonstrations or support special activities.

During the summer months (May-October), a short tram ride from the museum takes you to Pioneer Airport, a unique “living history” recreation of what airports were like during the early days of air travel. It brings back a time when the magic of flying astounded and charmed the whole world. More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven period hangars designed to take you back to aviation’s “Golden Age” of the 1920’s and 30’s.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open 7 days a week except New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Pioneer Airport is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the first weekend in May until the second weekend in October. From Memorial Day to Labor Day it is open 7 days a week.

Admission includes all of the Museum’s exhibits, theaters and Pioneer Airport. MaxFlight full motion simulator costs an additional $6 per person to ride and airplane rides at Pioneer Airport are at additional costs. EAA members get unlimited admission throughout the year!

The Museum also offers group pricing, facility rentals, the Museum Gift Shop, specials events and fly-ins, Fantasy Flight Camps, and much, much more!

You can contact the museum by calling: 1-(920)-426-4818 or visit their website for more information.

museum.eaa.org

Warbirds August 2008

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