FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Updated:  June 18, 2021

Is the museum open?

Yes!    We are open to the public daily, seven days a week, 10 am – 5 pm.   

We continue to offer several virtual options for at-home activities, which you can check out on our Hiller at Home web page.

What is the status of special events?

Events and gatherings were curtailed under COVID social distancing rules.   But with the State of California reopening as announced on June 17, 2021, social distancing rules for museum-sized events have been rescinded.  Accordingly, we plan to return to our schedule of special events, unique programs and activities this summer.  Stay abreast of developments and announcements on our website and subscribe to our e-News for a weekly email summary.

Upcoming events:
Biggest Little Air Show – June 26, 10 am – 12 pm


Can I purchase admission tickets in advance?

Yes!   You can buy your tickets with our online payment portal.   Show your tickets on your mobile phone at the admissions counter.   Tickets have no specific date or time.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE.

What exhibits and programs are open?

The 50+ aircraft in our gallery are on display, including all of our historical exhibits using static displays and graphic panels which explore the lore of aviation.

The following exhibits are open:

  • 747 Nose section and cockpit 
  • Wright Model B simulator
  • Fokker DR-1 Tri-Plane cockpit
  • Hiller 12 Helicopter cockpit and simulator
  • “Sky Portal” (Google Earth)
  • 777 Landing Simulator
  • Forces of Flight lift demonstration
  • Storm Making
  • Imagination Playground and children’s play area
  • Parachute Drop Towers and vertical wind tunnel.

Hand sanitizer is available throughout the exhibition gallery.

The Flight Sim Zone is open 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  $5 additional fee for non-members, free for Members. Tickets required for both Members and non-Members.

The Drone Plex presents demonstrations at various times Saturday and Sunday.

The Invention Lab provides make-and-take activities and projects you can build.

What exhibits and programs are closed?

These exhibits are temporarily closed or off-line:

  • FMX Flight Simulator
Planning your visit during the COVID-19 pandemic

To create a safe environment for all visitors, staff and volunteers, please follow these guidelines from State of CA when visiting the museum.

  • Do not enter the facility if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow masking guidance below:

Monday - Friday. 
Mask required for everyone regardless of vaccination status, including children ages 3 and up.    The masking requirement is in effect because during weekdays we are operating Aviation Camp and the guidelines from the CA Dept. of Public Health require *everyone* to mask indoors while conducting activities involving "K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings."

Saturday & Sunday. 
Already vaccinated?   Mask not required.   If you do not wear a mask, you are attesting that you have been fully vaccinated.    Not vaccinated?   Mask required, including non-vaccinated children ages 3 and up.

Click here for CA state COVID-19 guidelines.


CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FAQ (what's open, what's closed).