The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park commemorates Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar for their invention of powered flight. A restored museum and exhibits relate the tale of flight at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Trail Visitor Center and Museum and The Wright Cycle Company building.
Established in 1962, the National Aviation Hall of Fame has inducted over 150 space and aviation leaders, including Amelia Earnhart, William Boeing and Neil Armstrong. A portait sketch and biography of each individual inducted into the Hall of Fame is displayed.
Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre outdoor museum, featuring 20 exhibit buildings. The world's first practical airplane, the 1905 Wright Flyer III is one of the park's greatest highlights. The park aims to preserve and interpret the transportation and settlement history of the Miami Valley.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, this museum features a number of peace-related exhibits, as well as a gift store and special events. Parking is available on-site.
Located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Museum is one of the world's oldest and largest aviation museums. Featuring more than 300 aircraft and missiles, the galleries at the museum include exhibits, displays and information on everything ranging from the early years, to the Korean War, to Presidential Aircraft. The National Aviation Hall of Fame is also located in the museum. Planning to spend an enitre day is recommended, in order to see all that the museum has to offer. It is open daily (excluding major hoidays) at no charge to the public.
The Historic Patterson Homestead features six period rooms that contains antique furniture dating back to the early 1800s. Several original artifacts from the Patterston Homestead are housed in this museum, including the Patterson Family Bible, Portrait of Jefferson Patterson and the Patterson Family Cradle. The facility is also available for rent.
America's Packard Museum is the world's only restored Packard Motor Car Company Dealership. Founded in 1992, the museum features over 50 automobiles and significant artifacts from the Packard Motor Car Company.
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is an interactive science museum that encourages children to learn and play. With a collection of over 1.4 million items, this museum is a popular attraction in Dayton. Exhibits feature live animals, astronomy and a planetarium.