Admission to the Champaign Aviation Museum is Free (Donations accepted).
- Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
- Location: (Map It) 1652 N Main Street at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio
- Phone: 937-652-4710
- Web: Click here
Welcome to the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio. See volunteers rebuild historic aircraft like the “Champaign Lady” B-17 WWII Bomber. You can even try your hand at being “Rosie the Riveter.” See this aircraft and the “Champaign Gal” B-25, A-26 Invader, C-45 Expeditor, Fairchild F-24 and a Civil Air Patrol plane that sank a German sub off the U.S. East Coast. It also features special exhibits such as Women Air Service Pilots and World War II artifacts. It’s an up-close and personal hands-on experience all in an open hangar. You can even sit in the cockpit of a C-47 cargo plane. Grimes Field Airport and restaurant are just down the tarmac. Come, help make these old warbirds fly again.
Admission to the Harrod Railroad Heritage Park is free.
- Open daily from dusk – dawn (indoor artifacts can be seen by appointment)
- Location: (Map It) Napoleon Road in Harrod, Ohio
- Web: Click here
The Harrod Railroad Heritage Park: Have you ever wanted to show the kids the “man on the caboose” but discovered that trains today rarely have a caboose at all? Well, at this little “depot” you can see a renovated caboose, a 1905 Shay Engine, and a one-hundred year old lumber office building and inside, plenty of artifacts and memorabilia. The park also has a full-size military U H-1 Huey Helicopter.
Admission to the Honda Heritage Center is free.
- Open: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 3pm and Wednesdays from Noon – 5pm plus
- Location: (Map It) 24025 Honda Parkway, Marysville, Ohio (Just off of Rt. 33)
- Phone: 937-644-6888
- Web: hondaheritagecenter.com/
The Honda Heritage Center in Marysville celebrates Honda’s success in North America. The latest technology like the NSX Supercar and the groundbreaking HondaJet sits side-by-side with products from Honda’s rich heritage. See the revolutionary CVCC Civic that changed the way automakers built cars in the 1970s, and experience a timeline of motorcycles from the earliest Super Cub to Jeremy McGrath’s Supercross bike. See the ‘Engine Ring’ that shows the evolution of Honda engines, and learn about all of the products that are powered by Honda engines including boats, lawn mowers, side-by-sides and even Miimo, the robotic lawn mower. Walk-ins are welcomed, photo ID is required. Reservations for tours are available.
Admission to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center is free.
- The Interpretive Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
- Huffman Prairie Flying Field is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., closed Wednesdays. Call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures.
- Location: (Map It) the flying field can be entered at Gate 16A off of State Route 444, Wright-Patterson AFB; the interpretive center is two miles from the field on Wright Brothers Hill at 2380 Memorial Road in Dayton, Ohio, close to the intersection of State Route 444 and Kaufmann Road.
- Phone: 937-425-0008 (call ahead in case of field closures)
- Web: Click here
The Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center in Dayton: On this 84-acre patch of rough pasture outside Dayton, the Wright brothers learned to control and maneuver their powered machine and taught themselves to fly during 1904 and 1905. It was also the site of the Wrights’ flying school where many of the world’s first pilots learned how to fly. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990, the Flying Field is located on an active military installation and subject to unannounced closure; however this “School House of Aviation” is open to the public most days. Visitors are urged to call 937-425-0008 for current information on field closures. Two miles away is the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center across from the Wright Brothers Memorial. Exhibits focus on the Wright brothers’ development of the world’s first practical airplane at Huffman Prairie, their flying school starting in 1910, and the development of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the continuing legacy of the Wright brothers.
Admission to the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland is free.
- Open: Daily from 8am – 8pm (ReserachCenter & Gift Shop open M-F from 10am-4pm)
- Location: (Map It) Burke Lakefront Airport at 1501 North Marginal Rd. in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 216-623-1111
- Web: http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the historic accomplishments made by women pioneers of air and space travel. Some of the great women recognized at this museum include Sally Ride – the first American woman in space, Katharine Wright – sister of the Wright brothers, and Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman to orbit the Earth. In addition, there are many personal artifacts of great women in flight as well as some personal memos by these women. A number of news copy, magazines, and speech manuscripts are also displayed.
Admission to Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit is free.
- Open: Daily from 8am- 8pm
- Location: (Map It) Corner of Elm and Shawnee Street in Lima, Ohio
- Phone: 419-221-5195
The Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit is an outdoor display featuring the following which is also under lights after dark:
- The last steam engine built at Lima Locomotive Works (Locomotive NKP # 779)
- 1883 luxury private car (officiall car #5) for NKP probably used by Chauncy DePew
- 1882 Nickle-plated caboose #1091
- and authentic 1895 Country Station by DT&I Railroad
Admission to the Marion Union Station is free.
- Open Tuesday & Thursday’s 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment.
- Location: (Map It) 532 W. Center St. in Marion, Ohio
- Phone: 740-383-3768
- Web: Click here
The Marion Union Station built in 1902 now serves as a museum and train watching spot where more than 100 trains pass by every day. The museum showcases an impressive collection of memorabilia and the AC Tower, which was once the main switching facility for the Erie Railroad Marion Division. The unusual nature of the station is the fact that it is located between two diamond cross-overs.
Admission to the Medina Toy and Train Museum is free (donations appreciated).
- Open: Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from Noon – 4pm (recommend calling ahead)
- Location: (Map It) 10 Public Square in Medina, Ohio
- Phone: 330-722-1019
- Web: www.ormandys.com/index.htm
The Medina Toy and Train Museum: All aboard! Make this a whistle-stop and see plenty of railroad memorabilia. The museum features running exhibits of model trains, interactive children’s exhibits, real train exhibits, model cars and airplanes dating back to 1900, toys, dolls and more. In addition, there are more than 500 actual train engines on display and a library containing more than 500 books about trains. This museum is not handicap accessible.
Admission to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton is free (fee for theatre and flight simulators).
- Open daily from 9am – 5pm but some exhibits have special hours (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)
- Location: (Map It) 1100 Spaatz St. at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-255-3286
- Web: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. Attracting more than one million visitors a year, the museum boasts more 400 aerospace vehicles and thousands of historical items. Sensory rich exhibits, hands-on educational programs and entertaining special events entice the imagination and bring the Air Force story to life. From the Wright brothers through the stealth age, the museum offers visitors a dynamic tour through the portals of aviation history. Highlights include the only permanent public display of a B-2 bomber, President Kennedy’s Air Force One, a Doolittle Raiders exhibit and much more. Also available are an IMAX Theatre, a souvenir shop and a café. Museum admission and parking are FREE.
Monthly tours of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are free.
- Open: Advance registration is required. Tours are once per month from April – October. Tours depart hourly from 10am – 1pm and last 45 minutes. Citizen I.D. required for adults.
- Location: (Map It) 21000 Brookpark Rd. in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 216-433-9653
- Web: Click here
The NASA Glenn Research Center Tours in Cleveland: You may think you have “the right stuff” but until you tour NASA, you won’t know for sure. Public facility tours include the zero gravity research facility, wind tunnels, and space simulation chambers. Tours include a visit to the NASA Gift Shop where you can pick up a special souvenir or NASA apparel.
Admission to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum is by donation.
- Open: Saturdays 10am – 4pm from the 3rd Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October
- Location: (Map It) 5515 Buffham Rd. in Seville, Ohio
- Phone: 330-769-5501
- Web: Click Here
The Northern Ohio Railway Museum features over 40 trolley cars, streetcars, interurbans, rapid transit cars and more. Enthusiasts and volunteers work diligently to restore and preserve these beautiful old streetcars and railway equipment for education and entertainment. It is a work in progress and quite a site to see. Tour the two enormous carhouses and see what moved greater Cleveland through the years. There’s even a three-mile demonstration railroad where – during special events – these relics ride the rails once again with passengers eager to capture that feeling of Yesteryear.
Admission to the Wright “B” Flyer is free.
See a Wright “B” Flyer lookalike aircraft in its hanger at the Dayton – Wright Brothers Airport. This aircraft is a flight worthy version of the 1911 Wright “B” Flyer, the first mass produced aircraft. Purchase an Honorary Aviator annual Membership for $100 and receive an orientation flight in the Wright B Flyer. The museum is operated completely by volunteers.
Admission to the Wright Cycle Company is free.
- Open: Open daily 9am – 5pm (Closed Mon & Tue from Nov thru Feb)
- Location: (Map It) 16 S. Williams St. in Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-225-7705
- Web: Click here
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The Wright Cycle Company building is just outside of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, Ohio. Visitors are free to see where two of the world’s most famous inventors labored in their craft. Two buildings where the Wright brothers worked at their cycle and printing businesses are still standing at their original locations here and are open to the public. Their restored printing businesses, where they worked from 1890 – 1895, can be seen at the adjacent Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The Wrights had five different bicycle shops, this being the fourth location. The restored building was home to the Wright’s bicycle business from 1895 – 1897. It is where they were when they became obsessed with flying. And from there, these men, self-trained in the science of aviation, went on to build the world’s first manned powered, heavier than air machine capable of free, controlled and sustained flight.