Mission Statement: "As a field museum of the United States Air Force Museum System, the mission of Hill Aerospace Museum is to portray the history of Hill Air Force Base, its tenant organizations, and the assignments of the Ogden Air Logistics Center." The Museum exhibits more than 90 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds. The museum's collection also has a wide variety of ordnance and munitions, an assortment of aerospace ground equipment, military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of other historical artifacts.
My boys are huge jet and airplane fans, and whenever we drive I-15 to Idaho we always see the jet next to the freeway, so we FINALLY stopped off and looked at them! There is an "outside" part with about a dozen ? or so older airplane/jets and it was hot, so I stayed in their shade! Then the inside has a history and then LOTS of neat airplanes through the ages. My son got to see inside the cockpit of a newer jet as well and he thought that was way cool. I liked reading about it, and the gift shop was fun to look around.
The Aerospace museum is a great family-friendly museum. They have outdoor displays that you can climb up into. Inside there are multiple hangars with all kinds of historic aircraft. At the back there is a play area with flight-related experiments, toys and even a cockpit to sit in. My kids liked all the toys in the gift shop so you might want to skip that if you are on a budget!
For the family with an airplane-loving child, a history-loving husband, and a Mom who just plain loves to leave the house, this was a wonderful visit! My son is obsessed with anything mechanical that moves, but he especially loves airplanes. When he found out that we were going to visit a place with hundreds of them, he just about died of excitement! We spent two hours admiring not only the airplanes and helicopters that were on display, but the training equipment, model of the h-bomb, flight uniforms, and personal histories of airmen who fought in different wars. The museum is huge! My son was giddy with pre-schooler happiness when a volunteer at the museum offered to let him actually get in a helicopter and sit in the seat. The staff were so kind even with our slighty-grumpy children, and we all enjoyed our time there. It is free, but a donation is encouraged and who wouldn't want to give generously to such a great place? There is also space and table outside under some huge aircraft to have a nice picnic lunch with the family. I give this activity two thumbs up! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because you have to keep grubby little hands off the airplanes and it was difficult for my son not to touch! But still great fun!
We went to Hill Aerospace museum with our children, and also my siblings and their children. Overall, we all really enjoyed it. The kids all had a great time looking at the different types of planes, and the adults enjoyed everything too. The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, making it a great choice for all types of weather. The fact that the museum is free made it that much better. The museum is very big, so my only suggestion is to keep a very close eye on little kids that might like to wander.
This museum is a great place to explore for hours. There are so many different planes to look at, different hands on activities, manequins dressed in pilot clothes through out the year, videos to watch and a fun store to pick up souveniers. Don't forget to check out the air show when it comes to town!
We took our young children here and planned on only spending about an hour walking around. To our surprise they LOVED it and we stayed a good 3 hours. There are both indoor and outdoor planes, so we saw the outdoor ones first, then once they got cold, we went indoors. There are a lot of hands- on activities all over, which was a bit unexpected. The kids learned a lot as well. We'll definitely go back again!!
Hill Aerospace Museum is a great free way to see some really interesting airplanes and get alot of energy out of the little ones all at the same time!! Some airplanes are indoors while others are outside. Older kids will like seeing and walking through the airplanes while the little ones will enjoy the space to run and fresh air outside!! My kids love participating in the annual easter egg hunt that is free and open to everyone. Thousands of eggs are hidden all around the outside planes and hundreds of kids participate every year!! Visit the gift shop for some fun trinkets to take home too!! Free and fun for all ages!
This is a fun place for dad's and older kids. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore though. We went later in the day and wished we had more time. We took lots of fun pictures outside, (but I can't remember if they let you take them inside). Our dad is a helicopter pilot, so our kids are probably a little more interested in this stuff than most kids.
This is exactly what it claims to be, an aerospace museum. Our toddlers mildly enjoyed seeing different airplanes, but there were no specific activities or exhibits geared toward children. If you have a child interested in air travel, it will definately be fun, but a van full of Disney Princess lovers will be bored after a short span of time.
If you are really into planes, this is a great place to go. They have so many types planes on display it takes up two huge hangers. But the planes are not open to explore, only to look at, so it's hard for kids. There is a learning center that my kids love, but you need to make sure it is going to be open before you go, so call ahead. If that is open, it's a fun place for kids! It had costumes, flight simulators, and more.
This is place is heaven for the husband! Thankfully, I enjoyed it, too, as did my kids. This museum is basically full of huge planes and helicopters, and is definitely a blast. My only complaint? They should let you check out the inside of the aircraft!
Took my boys (1 & 3 at the time). They enjoyed it but not many interactive things to do and they got bored quickly. I think my husband would have really enjoyed it and the older boys around us (6+) looked like they were enthralled. Acutal planes, not just replicas.
I grew up going here with my grandpa and loved it. I think the boys especially love it because of all the planes. Its fun to be able to get close to the airplanes even the ones that people dont really get to see but up in the air. It makes you appreciate all the training men and women go through to learn how to fly them. It is a great teaching experience one that everyone should be able to have at least once in their lives. The best part is its FREE! You cant beat that .
This museum was really cool. They is a massive collection of airplanes, many of which you can even get inside and look around. There is also a huge area for children. They can get inside a flight simulator, play flight simulator games on a computer, learn about science. Very fun. All of my kids loved it, even my daughter.