Why do I have to pay admission and how much does it cost?

The Pima Air & Space Museum is a private non-profit museum. It is not part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and it does not receive operational funding from any governmental entity. The museum is funded by admission fees, tour fees and museum-store sales.

Admission prices vary by a visitor's age. We offer special rates for Pima County residents, seniors (age 62+), groups (20+), veterans, children (age 7-12, age 6 & under are FREE) and AAA members. You must present proof of your qualification for special rates at Admissions (identification card/ID, membership card, etc.). Groups may contact 520 574-0462 or email us to arrange for a single-payment special rate. For full information, see the Visit page. Admissions is required to take the museum's Tram Tour.

What should I wear?

First of all, wear comfortable walking shoes. Please also dress in layers for the forecasted weather as 50% of our extensive collection is located out of doors. Tucson is known for its wonderful weather and sunny days. In addition, although the hangars are climate controlled in the warmer months, they are too large to be effectively heated in winter. Desert nights generally are 30 degrees cooler than daytime highs; this is especially evident in the early morning. Admissions, the Flight Grill restaurant, the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame and the Museum Store are climate controlled (air-conditioned during the warmer months and heated in the cooler months).

How long does it take to see everything?

Allow a minimum of 3-4 hours to visit all 5 hangars and 80 acres of exhibits. See the PLAN YOUR VISIT for more details. You can easily spend all day here!

What are your hours?

The museum is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily; last admittance is at 4:00pm. Check our Tours page for the last tour as the number and times of our tours vary based on historical attendance.

Tucson, Arizona is located in the Mountain Standard Time zone in an area that does not observe/follow daylight saving time adjustments. This means that in the “shorter-daylight-hour”/winter months (from the 1st Sunday of November through the 2nd Saturday of March) Arizona’s clocks are the same as the Pacific Time zone/California. However, in the “longer daylight hour”/summer months (from the 2nd Sunday of March through the 1st Saturday of November) Arizona’s time is the same as the Mountain Time zone/Denver, Colorado.

Are you open on weekends and holidays?

Yes! We are open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Our docent-guided walking tours and Tram tours run daily! The "Boneyard"/AMARG riding tours operate on non-federal-holiday weekdays only.

How do I get there?

Driving directions to the Pima Air & Space Museum: From Interstate-10 take Valencia Road (exit 267) east 2 miles to the museum entrance. From northeast Tucson, take Kolb Rd. south to Valencia Rd. and turn west on Valencia to the museum entrance. During road improvements/construction on Valencia look for the American flag. Turn in at the blue "Business Access" sign.

Flying directions: The closest public airport is Tucson International Airport (5.5 miles away). Phoenix International Airport is approximately 2 hours from the museum. Private pilots may also consider flying into Ryan Field.

Is there parking available?

Parking is FREE & plentiful.

Can I park my RV?

Yes. Plenty of space is available for you to park an RV while visiting the museum, but you cannot park overnight. A nearby RV park is Voyager RV Resort.

Can I land my plane at the museum?

No. The museum does not have a runway. Tucson International Airport is the nearest general-aviation facility and is about 5.5 miles from the museum.

When are the tours?

Docent-guided walking tours are daily at 10:30am in the Main Hangar and 11:30am in Hangar 3. From November through May additional walking tours are at 1:30pm (Main Hangar) and 2:30pm (Hangar 3). Tram Tours operate daily at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. From November through May an additional 3:00pm Tram tour is offered. "Boneyard'/AMARG tour times vary by day based on historical attendance and demand. See the Tours page for full information.

Do you give tours of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base?

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is an active U.S. Air Force Base and does not allow general tours. However, Pima Air & Space Museum is the exclusive tour operator for the "Boneyard" aka the 309 Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), the storage facility that is located on the base. See our Tour page for more information.

How long does the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour take?

The "Boneyard"/AMARG tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes).

Do I have to pay admission to the museum to tour the “Boneyard”/AMARG?

No—simply enter the Admissions area at the Pima Air & Space Museum and pay for the "Boneyard"/AMARG tour. You are allowed to wait for your tour to begin in the Museum Store or under the blue-roofed ramada east of the Entrance Pavilion, outside of Admissions.

Can I take the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour on Saturday, Sunday, or on federal holidays?

Sorry, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a federal facility that is closed on all weekends and federal holidays. See our Tour page for more information. We are working on a program where volunteer Airmen man the gates on weekends once per calendar-year quarter so check our events calendar for details.

Should I make a reservation for a tour?

Reservations are not taken for individuals or groups of less than 20. “Boneyard”/AMARG and Tram tours can be purchased in advance either online up until midnight Arizona/Pacific Standard Time the day before or via a U.S. toll-free telephone service (1-888-71BUYTICKET) up until 9:00pm U.S. Eastern time. A nominal fee is charged for each advanced-purchase ticket. A limited number of seats are sold the day of the tour at Admissions. Reservations for school and group tours are made by calling 520 574-0462 or emailing us. Tours frequently fill up so advanced purchase is advised.

Is photography permitted at the museum or on the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour?

Yes. You may take unlimited photos or video for your personal use. For commercial purposes you must obtain prior permission from the Director of Visitor Services via email or phone 520 618-4805. If you'd like to share your photos  on our website photo gallery, send them (or a cloud link with permission) to  marketing@pimaair.org. Limit 25MB per email.

The "Boneyard"/AMARG bus does stop for photo opportunities however photos are taken through the bus windows (large and clean). No one is allowed off the bus on the base. The doors and windows remain closed.

Is there a special price for groups?

Yes. Group rates start at 20 people for both admissions and tours (with 1 payment). School and educational youth groups are FREE (pending maximums) with advanced reservations. See our Visit page for full information and pricing.

How much is it for a school tour?

School and educational youth groups are FREE! We require 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children for school groups grade 4 and up and 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children for groups grade 3 and below (these adults are admitted free of charge). Any additional adults pay general adult admission (or if applicable, the Pima County resident rate). Call 520 574-0462 or send an email to arrange a school tour. We do limit the number of visiting students per day so please call as far ahead as possible.

Can I host my child’s birthday party there?

Yes. We recommend combining a Soarin’ Saturday activity with a meal at Flight Grill. On our Groups webpage see KID & TEEN BIRTHDAY PARTIES for more details. Please contact our restaurant, Flight Grill, for food orders via email or call 520 618-4848.

Do you have a Museum Store?

Yes. You can enter and shop in the Museum Store without paying admission fees. Or you can shop online! Proceeds support the mission of the Pima Air & Space Museum.

Can I host my banquet, party or large private/corporate event there?

Yes. Please peruse our PLAN YOUR EVENT pages and fill out a Request for Proposal (RFP) form. Or feel free to contact our General Sales Manager via email or telephone 520 618-4850.

How far is it from the Tucson airport?

5.5 miles—about 10 minutes.

Can I get to the museum using public transportation?

Sorry, not at this time.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. Leashed pets are allowed at the museum. Only service animals are allowed on the riding tours (“Boneyard”/AMARG and Tram), but non-service animals can be crated and the crates left in the Museum Store’s climate-controlled storage room (with air-conditioning and/or heating). 1 large animal crate (with pillow) is available on a first-come basis, or bring your own. Please contact Admissions when needed. Pets should never be left in vehicles. (It is illegal in Arizona to leave your pet in your vehicle if doing so is likely to cause physical injury to your pet or result in its death. If you are traveling with your pet, please plan ahead.)

Can I bring a picnic?

No. You may only bring water into the museum. The museum’s restaurant, Flight Grill, is open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

How can I become a volunteer?

Our volunteers are the best! We welcome those age 16 and up. From tour guides, to administrative help, to greeters, etc., the museum is always looking for good volunteers. Our policy is to try and match volunteers with their specific interest whenever possible. Attend a monthly orientation to find out if our museum is right for you. Yes, winter residents are allowed. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

Can I volunteer in more than 1 area?

Yes, you can volunteer in more than 1 area of interest including Street Team, Greeters, School Tours, Tram Driver, etc. Just let our Volunteer Coordinator know your interests!

Can I buy a plane?

No. The museum’s collection is not for sale.

Do you do appraisals of aviation artifacts?

No, we do not do appraisals for any reason, including donations of artifacts. You should look online or in your local telephone directory for appraisers.

When and how can I get inside an aircraft?

In the Main Hangar visitors are able to get into a Quail kit plane, an actual Boeing 720 cockpit simulator that was used to train airline pilots, and a helicopter cockpit simulator.  In Hangar 4, there is an aircraft cockpit section made by the museum’s restoration staff and volunteers that resembles a North American T-6 Texan trainer from World War II. Three of the World War II bombers in the museum have their bomb bay doors open allowing a view up into the interior of the aircraft, however people are not allowed into the aircraft. These are the B-24 Liberator in Hangar 3, the Boeing B-29 in Hangar 4, and the Boeing B-17 in the 390th Memorial Museum.

During special events, including the British Invasion (a springtime celebration of all things British) and Night Wings (our cool summer evening family program, the 4th Saturday of June, July and August), we open up at least 1 cockpit and allow people inside either the Electric Lightning or the T-33 Shooting Star.

The Arizona Aerospace Foundation mission focuses on air- and spacecraft preservation. Getting in and out of an aircraft puts stressful wear and tear on the craft. In addition, a major portion of the Pima Air & Space Museum collection is on loan from other entities and the loan agreements stipulate no visitor access to the inside of the craft.

Where are the model airplanes?

Previously on display in the WWII Barracks, the model-airplane display is no longer a museum exhibit. For model lovers our Museum Store offers a selection for purchase.

Why can’t I visit the WWII Barracks?

The “temporary” WWII Barracks are permanently closed to the public because the construction materials do not meet present-day exhibit standards.

Where can I find out if there are any job openings at the museum?

If there are job openings at the museum, they will be listed under the Who We Are tab under Employment. You can also click here to view the job openings.

How can I contact the “Boneyard”/AMARG (located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base)?

Email is the best method to contact the Business Affairs office at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group.

Where is the closest shopping mall?

Our Museum Store stocks many travel-convenience items including disposable cameras, water, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. The closest shopping mall is Park Place Mall at 5870 E. Broadway near Craycroft.

In which time zone is the Pima Air & Space Museum located?

Tucson, Arizona is located in the Mountain Standard Time zone in an area that does not observe/follow daylight saving time adjustments. This means that in the "shorter-daylight-hour"/winter months (from the 1st Sunday of November through the 2nd Saturday of March) Arizona's clocks are the same as the Mountain Time zone/Denver, Colorado. However, in the "longer daylight hour"/summer months (from the 2nd Sunday of March through the 1st Saturday of November) Arizona's time is the same as the Pacific Time zone/California.

Why is it dark in the Space Gallery?

Please allow a few moments upon entering the Space Gallery to allow your eyes to adjust. The collection contains artifacts that are required to have minimal exposure to ultra-violet light. Thank you for your understanding.

Do you sell a combination Pima Air & Space / Titan Missile Museum pass?

No. Although the Arizona Aerospace Foundation operates both museums, we do not sell a combined pass. We appreciate you visiting both museums. Our memberships provide free admission to both museums for an entire year and start at $25 per year for a senior (age 62+).

I ordered tickets online or through the ShowClix 1-888-71TICKETS number and have not received an email. What do I do now?

First, please check your junk mail. Second, please contact ShowClix at 1-888-71TICKETS to confirm your email address. Please note that the ShowClix email contains a live link to your ticket. The link is broken when the email is forwarded. Should your printer not be working or you need to forward your email to another address to print the ticket, please contact ShowClix to resend the hot-link ticket email directly to the corresponding address.

I don’t have a smart phone or a tablet or even a printer? Can I call the museum to order tickets?

Unfortunately, no. A printer or a smart phone/tablet is required for proof of purchase. We sell many tickets the day of a tour on a walk-up/first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00am. For the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour, as required by U.S. Air Force security, all participants must present their government-issued ID at the time of the purchase.

We have contracted with an outside service ShowClix exclusively for all advanced-purchase tickets to offer you both online and telephone purchasing and to offer you an affordable processing fee. To find a computer with a printer, you may consider going to your hotel concierge, a library, or an independent store with computer services (FedEx Kinko Centers, UPS Store, etc.) and have ShowClix send/resend the hot-linked ticket email to their email address, have them  printed out and given to you. ShowClix telephone representatives are available daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm Eastern Time, U.S.  at 1-888-71TICKETS.