Tours and Gallery Exploration
All school and public groups may explore the Hiller Aviation Museum’s exhibits on a self-guided basis. Open aircraft cockpits, flight simulation experiences, hands-on exhibits and more ensure an interactive experience appropriate for any age. Facilitator-led lab experiences may be available in the Invention Lab, Drone Plex and Flight Sim Zone; check with Museum staff on check-in to learn what may be available.
Adult groups and school groups Grades 2 and older may optionally add a volunteer-led guided tour to their experience. Intended to highlight the human stories behind the aircraft exhibited at the Museum, each 15-20 minute tour highlights one or more historic aircraft, with school tours including an opportunity to explore inside an aircraft cockpit. Advance reservations are required and an additional fee of $2/person is required at check-in.
Following their tours and any selected hands-on programs, groups are invited to explore Gallery exhibits more closely under the supervision of a teacher or chaperone. Popular exhibits include flight simulators, aircraft cockpits and the Boeing 747. The Museum’s Gift Shop is also open; students and children are required to be accompanied by an adult in the Gift Shop.
How to Schedule Your Field Trip
1. Determine at least two possible dates for your field trip.
2. Select PROGRAM topic for hands-on program.
3. Use our online field trip request system or call the Hiller Aviation Museum at (650) 654-0200 at least two weeks in advance of your requested date to make a reservation. Confirmation information is distributed via email within three business days. Review confirmation information carefully upon receipt.
Gallery Exploration Resources
Exhibit Safaris are “scavenger hunt” style worksheets suitable for an entire class that facilitate additional museum exploration. Safaris correspond with four different exploration themes in an age-appropriate manner. Both student worksheets and teacher answer keys are available for download. Extend the Gallery experience by scouring the Gallery for the answers following a tour experience.
I LOVE the experience my 6th graders get here… the tour (always different & so fun), the simulator (they always love) and today the Drones (so cool)! The best part is the variety of things the students are exposed to. They are learning but they don’t even know it.
Fee Waivers for Low Income Schools Schools with at least 40% of students qualified to receive free or reduced price meals may complete an Admission and Program Fee Waiver Request to receive fee waivers and priority placement.
Transportation Reimbursement Transportation reimbursement is available through a separate program for qualified public schools with 40% or more of students eligible to receive free/reduced price meals. Download the Field Trip Transportation Reimbursement Request form for more information or to apply for this assistance.