Welcome to the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum! We look forward to your group’s visit to the museum.
Admission to the museum is free. Donations are welcome.
We kindly ask that you and your group abide by the following guidelines so that your visit will be fun and productive.
Museum Group Visit Policies:
When you arrive, buses can drop off and pick up students in the traffic circle near the front door, and park in the rear of the parking lot.
Please check in with our museum volunteers at the Visitor Services Desk when you arrive so that you can sign your group in and receive important information about our museum’s exhibits and facilities.
No backpacks or lunchboxes are allowed in the museum. We do not have the ability to store personal items unattended at the museum. Please leave these items in your vehicles or on your bus.
There is a strict no food or drink policy within the museum. However, with advance notice, school groups may eat outside in the museum’s Reflection Garden (located behind the museum) or out front near the museum’s monuments and flag poles. School groups are responsible for removing their own trash.
Students must be accompanied by a chaperone at all times while visiting the museum.
We encourage you to allow time for your class to visit the museum Gift Shop. There are many items available for under a dollar. The gift shop is fairly small, so as a courtesy to the staff please help us by keeping smaller groups together for their gift shop visit and letting only one group in at a time.If you plan to visit the Gift Shop, only 10 students at a time are allowed when accompanied by a chaperone.
Please remind students to not touch any of the displays or climb over the railings and onto the exhibits, as they are alarmed. Only pencils are authorized in the galleries. Photography without a flash is permitted.
The museum does not have a required adult to student ration. However, we recommend large groups to be divided into smaller groups of about 20 students when visiting our galleries.
We offer an informative introductory video “Descending from the Clouds” (approximately 13 minutes long). This video provides information on the history of airborne and special operation units and their current role in the United States Army. This video can be viewed in the museum’s theater and is shown during the following times- 10:10 am, 10:50 am, 11:55 am, 12:30 pm, 1:35 pm, 2:05 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:50 pm, and 4:25 pm.
*Please note that our galleries are designed to be self-guided. Due to the limited number of staff and volunteers, we are unable to provide all school groups with a gallery guided visit at this time. However, you may request one as part of our Museum Veterans Ambassador Program to speak with your students during your visit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grade appropriate activity guides are also available for teachers to supplement their students’ visit upon request.
If your group would like to ride the Motion Simulator Experience, tickets can be purchased in the museum gift shop at the group rate of $5 per person. The simulator holds 24 people at a time and we ask that a chaperone remain in the room with the students (chaperone may ride or sit off to the side). Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance and can be done so on the day that you arrive. The simulator seats 24 riders at a time allowing groups to move their students through efficiently
Simulator Experience Schedule
Army On the Move: on the hour and half hour Experience the Legend: 10, 20, 40, and 50 minutes past the hour