Virginia Aviation Museum

From historic aircraft to airplane engines, visitors can explore all things aviation at the Virginia Aviation Museum located at the Richmond International Airport. Take a guided tour through the facility to learn about the history and importance of American aviation, from the Wright Brothers to World War II. Hands-on exhibits include a wind tunnel and Forces of Flight, exploring the different forces and elements that affect how a plane flies such as lift, thrust, weight, and drag. Register for educational programs that include the history of African American pilots, women in aviation, a paper airplane workshop, and more.
 
Contact Info
Address: 5701 Hunstman Rd, Richmond, VA 23250. Henrico County. Tel: 804-236-3622. Email: Eandrews@smv.orgWebsite: www.vam.smv.orgHrs: Tue.-Sat. 9:30AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Programs, Guided Demonstrations. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.