Welcome to AvScholars’ Museums
Channel, your guide to museums that promote aviation,
air and space, aircrafts, science and industry, and space
exploration. Museums are educational, informative, and entertaining
places to visit. They have the ability to inspire and amaze
us. Museum collections and exhibits invite us to become part
of our history, while at the same time help us to better understand
For children and their families (i.e. parents and grandparents),
museums provide a perfect opportunity to learn together and
share memorable experiences. If you are a child, a parent,
a student, an educator, a historian, an aviation enthusiast
or you simply enjoy museums, this channel is for you.
Types of Museums.
There are various types of museums that suits many interests
and backgrounds such as art, music, history, cultural, recreational,
science and technology, and special interests (i.e. aviation,
baseball, dollhouses, gems, etc.). AvScholars will focus on
museums that relate to aviation/aerospace, air & space,
aircrafts, military, science and industry, and technology.
Collectively, all museums serve to inform, educate, and inspire
My AvScholars' Museum Directory
showcases the following types of museums:
Aviation museums collect and preserve aircrafts, artifacts,
historical documents, photos and footage related to
the history of aviation. Besides the collection of aircrafts,
they have numerous exhibits focusing on aviation pioneers
from the Wright Brothers, Wiley Post to Amelia Earhart
and Bessie Coleman along with others. There are exhibits
also honoring the patriotic service of veterans that
fought for their country.
Air and Space Museums
Air and Space museums collect and preserve historic
air and space-crafts. These facilities are large enough
to accommodate their increasing collections of air and
spacecrafts, equipment, various artifacts and memorabilia,
historical documents, photographs, and films.
Aircraft museums collect and preserve rare and fascinating
military and civilian aircrafts. Some aircrafts are
located inside a large hangar and/or displayed on acres
of land to accommodate the collection and sheer size
of these aircrafts such as jet fighters, large bombers
and transports, and more.
Science and Industry Museums
Science and Industry museums explain how things work.
We can see working models of inventions and understand
where the latest technology comes from and where it's
going. Some of these museums even invite you to test
out scientific laws: push a button here, pull a lever
there, and see for yourself how gravity works. Turn
a crank and make your own electricity. Watch how an
engine works. Step inside a spaceship. Look at the astronauts'
spacesuits and imagine what it's like to walk on the
moon or float in space. These museums may have an aviation
exhibits and various aircraft on display.
Military museums are dedicated to preserving and memorializing
the history, traditions, and technological significance
of their respective branch through displays, exhibits,
photos, historical papers and footage from various wars,
and artifacts which include uniforms, weapons, artillery
pieces, military aircrafts, and more.
Planetariums are also considered museums. They allow
us to learn about constellations and legends. Planetariums
bring the mysteries of the skies, stars, space, and
other planets to life. Inside planetariums, children
can see the entire night sky in all of its glory. They
often use telescopes to view the rings of Saturn, and
they can step on scales to learn what they would weigh
on the moon or on Mars.
What will you find at a museum.
Museums host a variety of fun and educational programs for
everyone such as:
• Workshops for teachers, students,
• Learning Aides for the Classroom
• Guest Speakers
• Special Exhibitions, Events,
• Guided Tours
• Hands-on activities for all
• And more
Planning Your Visit.
If you are planning a trip to the museum, you should
visit the museum’s web site or call for the following
Hours and Fees.
Inquire about their admission fees, hours, and best
times for visits. Ask what days of the week and what
hours are the least crowded. Some museums have free
admission, while others ask for a small donation. Some
museums have certain days that are free or have discounts
for families, senior citizens, students, and children.
Facilities and Services.
Inquire about their facilities and services such as
restaurants, education programs, gift shops, guided
tours, picnic area, library, theater/lecture hall, volunteer
program, wheelchair access, and accommodations for visitors
with special needs, including parking, entrances, and
access to exhibit areas.
Special Exhibits, Events, or
Inquire about any upcoming special exhibits, traveling
exhibits, events, programs, and presentations by guest
speakers. You should also check the newspapers, your
local library, or bookstores for special exhibitions,
events, or programs that may appeal to children. Libraries
and bookstores often have books and free pamphlets that
provide listings and descriptions of family activities
that include regional museums.
Direction, Parking, Transportation.
Inquire about parking arrangements and fee, transportation
to and from the parking lot, and directions for driving
to the museum or using public transportation.
During Your Visit.
The Information Desk is a good "first stop" once
you're at the museum. There you'll find floor plans with the
location of exhibits, restaurants, restrooms, gift shops,
elevators, wheelchair ramps, exits, as well as places to sit.
You might also ask about self-guided children's and family
tour brochures, workshops, and planned events.
Online (Virtual) Museums.
Visit a museum without leaving your home. Virtual museums
exist on the Internet in which they attempt to capture the
look and feel of being inside a real museum. They allow visitors
to click on a certain spot to move to a different area of
the museum. Many museums maintain virtual web sites containing
selected images from their exhibits and collections along
with descriptive information. Through Virtual museums, children
and their families can virtually travel the world exploring
and learning together.
Search the Museum Directory.
If you're looking for a museum, register
and search My AvScholars’ Museum Directory. The museum
directory allows you to quickly and easily locate a museum