From every corner of the globe, air museums delight the young and old.

Flight is among one of our species’ greatest accomplishments. The ingenuity and advancements in air technology are spectacular. And how better to showcase these incredible machines of flight than to put them into their very own museums. Not an easy undertaking. But hundreds of museums around the globe exist. Some are astonishing in their vastness, uniqueness, and sometimes quirkiness. There’s sure to be something for every member of the family when visiting any type of aviation museum.

The History of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is known as the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. It dates back to 1923 when it began in the corner of an aircraft hangar at McCook Field near downtown Dayton, Ohio- home of the Wright brothers.

Museums may contain reproduction aircraft, exhibits, photographs, clothing, and equipment used by aviators -among other items. They can be owned by governments of varying entities- national, regional, local, or privately. Some look at the history of space exploration, diving into the close association between aeronautics and astronautics. Others may concentrate on military or civil aviation- or that of a particular era. 

Following are links to the top air museums in the world, a list of U.S. museums, and those in and neighboring the state of Idaho. And as amazing as these museums might be, there is even an online one at The Aviation History Online Museum

The best of the best

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Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting, 2534 Hiller Lane (near the South Big Horn County Airport). Several aircraft, many of WW II vintage. A short distance west of Greybull on U.S. Hwy 16. Open during May 15– Oct. 15.