Air Classics Museum of Aviation

Stimulate an interest in our nation's history with a visit to the Air Classics Museum! Hands-on activities and educational tours give groups a real feel for the critical role of military and civil aviation in history. The museum features indoor and outdoor displays of aircraft, equipment, and memorabilia from the 1930s to the present, including iconic World War II vintage fighters, such as the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang. Also on display are a Vietnam-era UH-1H "Huey” helicopter and an A-7E Corsair II that flew in the Gulf War. Indoor exhibits include aircraft engines, equipment, military uniforms, mementos, and model airplanes, as well as special exhibits honoring local veterans.
The Air Classics Museum of Aviation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization maintained and operated by volunteers and funded by admission fees and donations. The museum is located at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The museum entrance is one mile west of the main airport entrance at 44W546 U.S. Route 30.
Contact Info
Address: 44W546 US Route 30, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Kane County.
Tel: 630-466-0888.
Hrs: Tues.-Fri. by appointment, April-Oct. Weekends 10AM- 3PM (closed major holidays).
Contact: Hank Winkler.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies.
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.