Online Resources and Temporary Hours

Opening and New Hours:

Our family-friendly, free museum is now open Wednesdays-Sundays from
9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Last admission is at 3:00 pm.

All visitors, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks and practice social distancing while at the museum. Hand sanitizing stations will be available. Only outdoor exhibits are currently open to visitors. Cockpits will not be open until further notice.

We look forward to your visit!

Online Resources:

The Inside Loop:

Kids of all ages can send in questions and get answers from our experts.  The Inside Loop podcast publishes each Thursday morning and video-taped interviews are also available.  Enjoy past episodes and send in your own questions here.

  • Episode 1-Major Glenn Ferguson (USMC-retired) answers questions about his training as a WWII pilot
  • Episode 2-Major General Bob Butcher (USMC-retired) talks about some of his most memorable moments in the air.
  • Episode3-Dr. Joe Bassi (USAF-retired) answers a question about the founding of Space Force and background to join it.

Art Contest:

The annual “Marines in Flight” Student Art Contest is now open.  All 6th-12th grade students in San Diego County qualify.  There are cash awards and entries are due April 6, 2021.  Click here for art contest information.

Winners of the 2020 Student Art Contest have been announced.  Click here to see the winning entries.

Virtual Classroom Visits:

Our museum docents are available to remotely visit a limited number of classrooms.  The volunteers, most of whom are retired military pilots or aircrew, have expertise in aviation, physics, space, U.S. history and military service.

If you would like to set up a time for one of our volunteers to remotely join a session of your classroom, please fill out the online request form here.

Marine Wife Recognition Award:

The 2020 awardee is Kailee Norris.  Online nominations for the 2021 award will open in January, 2021. Read about Kailee, past awardees and the award itself by clicking here for more information.

Virtual Tour:

Courtesy of Altitude Cam, check out this tour of the museum’s aircraft here.

Gallery of Aircraft:

Read about the aircraft in the museum’s collection by clicking here.

Celebrating 20 Years at MCAS Miramar:

The Museum opened to the public at its current location at MCAS Miramar in June 2000.  Courtesy of San Diego Veterans Magazine, read about moving 41 aircraft down Interstate 5 and some of the people who created the museum here.

Online interviews and additional resources:

Coming soon: staff and volunteers are working to put additional resources, activities and interviews online.