Museum ToursWould you like to see the museum at a time other than during regular hours?
Or, do you know of a group of people that would enjoy learning about local aviation history?
If so, then it sounds like you are ready to arrange a special tour of the museum. Several groups of all sizes and ages visit the museum regularly. The best way to arrange your tour is to contact our Tour Director.
As you plan for your tour, here are some tips to remember. While the museum does have an extensive collection of artifacts, models, and pictures inside of the building, all of the aircraft are on display outside. This means that you will get the most enjoyment out of your tour during daylight hours and when the weather is nice. All museum tour guides are volunteers, and most are very excited about all types of aviation! Be sure to bring your camera and questions to ask the tour guide.
Here are some examples of a few of the many groups that have toured the museum.
On April 25th we hosted a group of around 75 kids, parents, and teachers from Virginia. We had an incredible time and our staff did a remarkable job. As well, they did too! It is just awesome to see so many kids at the museum taking it all in. We were bombarded with questions and everyone was pretty darn excited!! This is what we are here for...or a substantial part!!!
Jeff Wofford explains the tiny jet engines on the Ha-200 Saeta
Brian Laws tells the crowd about the F-5E
Jim Rosamond gives the group details of the magnificent F-14D
Linda Hill and Bob Morgan talk as the group enjoys the museum and giftshop
Local area Cub Scout Troops
The Edsel Club
Will Hill is a regular tour guide and volunteer at the museum. When working with children, Will is good at keeping them involved and curious so that they will ask questions. In these pictures you can see how he tells guests from a local summer camp about how the pilots climb into the cockpit, how the F-14 is catapulted off the carrier, how it lands on the carrier, and how the wings sweep.
Here is a special note that we got from Paul Severt of Cub Scout Pack 202:
To The Staff of Hickory Aviation Museum
The scouts and leaders of Cub Scout Pack 202 in Valdese would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff of the Hickory Aviation Museum for our tour on Thursday, July 24, 2008. The boys and parents enjoyed the tour and the opportunity to view the artifacts in the museum. It is always a pleasure to visit the museum and we look forward to future visits.
Paul Severt, Cubmaster
Tammy Severt, Den Leader
Scouts and Parents
We have also hosted tours for class reunions, residential groups, and private parties. Contact the Tour Director to book your tour today!