Topeka
Topeka
  • Location: 7016 SE Forbes Avenue Topeka, KS 66619

Basics:

See more than 30 military aircraft, from World War I to present day, plus aircraft engines, military vehicles, artifacts and dioramas. Explore aircraft and test your landing skills with the flight simulator. 

Subjects covered: aviation history, military history

Grade level: All grade levels

Best time to visit:  Late fall or early spring; the hangars are not climate controlled.

  • January and February: Monday to Sunday noon to 4;30 p.m.
  • March to December: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • No news visitors admitted after 3:30 p.m.; May open in off hours depending on group size.

Indoors, outdoors, or both? Both

Clothing type recommended: Dress for the weather outdoors and wear comfortable walking shoes

How to book field trip: Call at least a week ahead of time to reserve your time and ensure that guides are available to lead the group. Must have all information filled out on the Tour Check List before calling.

Curriculum & Standards: 

Are there curriculum materials or guides at the site? Not currently.

Grade specific field trip programs available? No specific programs available, tour is altered based on the age/grade level.

Budget & Logistics: 

Cost: $2.50 per child, $5.50 per adult, and the bus driver is free (need to pre-arrange field trip if you want these discounted rates)

Are there scholarships, general grants, or transportation grants available? Not currently.

How long will the tour take from start to finish? About 1.5 hours

Pre-Post classroom visits available upon request? Site visits can be arranged, but it must be done in advance of visit.

Max number of students the venue can accommodate for a tour? The recommended group size per tour guide is 15 people, however there is technically no limit to group size.

Minimum number of participants needed for a tour? 10 people

Number of adults per student needed? No requirements, however the more adults there are the larger the group can be per guide.

Can they eat lunch inside/on site and/or bring their own lunches? Food is not served on site, only soda and vending snacks. Both indoor and outdoor space is available for those who wish to eat. If you choose to eat indoors, a 56-person conference room is available. The only request is the group cleans up after itself. 

Where do the buses need to park? Is this also where the students should be dropped off? Children can be dropped off at the entrance to the museum. Buses should then park across the street until children are ready to be picked up. 

Accessibility Information: The museum is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

Resources:

The museum also offer day camps and merit badge challenge programs. More information about those programs can be found on the museum's website