I remember visiting the Airforce Museum as a child, but there is something about going home with your children and visiting those same places with them.
Childhood memories come flooding back, you see it through their eyes, and you have a new appreciation for the history as an adult.
I love the airplanes that sit outside as you’re driving up to the museum…gives you a taste of what you’re about to experience.
Ava wasn’t as excited about seeing the airplanes as Kiah and Samuel were, but once we got in there and started walking through the first exhibit she perked up. She was very interested in the clothing they wore and the medals they won.
It’s very dim in the museum and I tried taking pictures with my point and shoot, but they all came out blurry, so I used my iphone and turned the flash off.
We walked this museum for 4-5hrs. The kids asked questions and I did my best to answer them, or I would read the description boxes to them. Once in a while we would walk past a tour and stop in to listen before moving on to the next thing that caught their eye.
The currency exhibit was a favorite – the girls were amazed to see what money from Japan, Germany, Asia, Africa, and many other places looked like.
So many airplanes – the colors, sizes, shapes. They came up with the Zebra plane, The Pink Plane, The America Star Planes, and The Shark Plane.
Some of my favorite exhibits were the First Black Military Aviator, The Fabric of The Airforce, and The Holocaust Memory.
These quilts are gorgeous in person. Just think about the love and intention that went into each square as it was being made.
Samuel loved the hallway lined with cases and cases of airplanes. He wanted all of them and he didn’t care that they were models…he couldn’t understand why all of these airplanes were behind glass! He wanted to fly them around the room.
The Presidential Gallery is AMAZING. We really enjoyed walking around checking out the airplanes that carried past Presidents.
Kiah’s absolute favorite part were the air and space exhibits, and Samuel loved the rockets.
I know the astronaut suit says do not touch, but right next to it there was a sign that read “step up behind the suit to have your picture taken”and the employees encouraged the kids to have their pictures taken.
She looks so natural in it – possible future astronaut?
This exhibit had a second floor so we could get a better view of the rockets, which still seemed enormous from up there, and they had a couple interactive exhibits for the kids. There was also a wall of space food exhibits.
We’re back in Virginia now, but I’ll continue to share more photos/stories from our Summer Travel to Ohio.