American Airpower Museum

Located in a landmarked hangar of the former Republic Aircraft factory, the American Airpower Museum is an ideal setting to introduce middle school and high school aged groups to US military aviation during World War II and the role it played in the defeat of Germany and Japan. Exhibits and aircraft cover the period from World War I to the Iraq War. Our docents interpret the aircraft and exhibits in a way that puts them into the context of American history of the 20th-century and today while paying tribute to the men and women who fought and worked in defense plants at home.
Contact Info
Address: Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Nassau County.
Tel: 631-293-6398.
Hrs: Thurs.-Sun. 10:30AM-4PM.
Campers can learn about aviation in the context of American and 20th-century history, while enjoying our functional aircraft that sit on the hangar floor. Groups can also learn about the basics of aerodynamics, and how airplanes fly. Book a birthday party with the Museum for a guided tour, pizza and soda, and fun crafts and games.
Contact Info
Phone: 631-293-6398.
Topics Covered: American history, aviation, Iraq War, military, war, World War I, World War II.
Trip Info
Grade Level: 4th-12th.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Registration: Phone.
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.