Take a two hour drive southeast from Atlanta to drive to the Warner Robins Air Force Base to visit an amazing, 51 acre aviation museum. It’s free. It’s big with four large buildings full of aircraft. It’s beautifully done. Experience history lessons while pulling kids in with airplanes, helicopters, uniforms, weapons, and great educational displays. You won’t be able to see it all in one day, so just start planning on your second trip.
🙋♀️What is it?
The second largest museum in the United States Air Force is is a wonderful outing for all ages – aviation and history. The museum is next to the base and has multiple large buildings to explore. More planes, helicopters, jets, and war history than you will have time to see! While this is a great place for kids, this is by no means a children’s museum. There is more to read than they will have patience for – come as a adult adventure without any regrets.
With four large buildings to explore, you may have to choose where to spend your time. My favorite building for history is the Scott Exhibit Hangar where you can learn about the D-Day invasion, Tuskegee Airmen, and see a deactivated nuclear bomb. The Nugteren Hangar covers Vietnam and Korean war airplanes as well as ambulances and helicopters of that time. Visit the Century of Flight for the the largest planes including a replica early airplane; the second floor also has a small area about space flight and the space station. The Eagle Building has several stories of military history grouped by time period with many uniform, artifacts, and explanatory videos; this building kind of overwhelms me with so much stuff!
Next to the Warner Robins Air Force Base just south of Macon; 1 hr 45 min southeast of ATL
Tuesday to Sat (10-4), Sun 12-4
⏳How much time do I need?
Play to stay several hours to all day. The kids will be ready to go before you are.
Free!!! Donations requested. There is a good gift shop with models to build, books, and souvenirs. A great place to buy gifts and support the museum at the same time.
Huge free parking lot
Plan to eat lunch outside at the picnic tables and let the kids burn off some energy at the small playground. There are several vending machines on the top floor of the museum if you need a snack while visiting inside.
Outside restroom at playground. Multiple restrooms inside.
- Playground with picnic tables outside.
- Look into extra group tours or homeschool or summer school days through their website.
- Prepare your kids to encounter active and veteran servicemen and women. The veterans who volunteer at the museum are always willing to talk to the kids.
- Website bonuses: scavenger hunts to do at the museum, virtual visits, schedule groups, and check for upcoming events
- Some areas may be closed off if there are having an Air Force ceremony.
- Look for the cockpits kids can climb into and explore – most is hands-off.
Walk around the amphitheater and identify the state flags that you know.
aircraft, WW1, WW2, Vietnam War, Korean War, Veterans, Tuskegee Airmen, D-Day, Atomic Bomb, Early Flight… So much history!
- Leave some extra time to check out the sights in Macon and one of only two Buccees in GA!