RIDING : TRAM
Tram Tour tickets are an additional $6 per person and require paid (or member) admission to the museum (children age 6 & under receive free admission but are required to to have a paid ticket for the Tram Tour). Tram Tours depart from outside the northern-most western door of the Main Hangar/Flight Central (near Flight Grill restaurant). This tour requires physically stepping up (2 to 4 steps) onto the tram. We do offer an accessible tram so if preferred, please request one when purchasing your tickets (we need at least a 30-minute notice to bring the alternate vehicle in from remote storage). Please notify us in advance via email or call 520 574-0462.
While you are taking your Tram Tour, your non-service pet is welcome to stay in a crate in our Museum Store backroom. We have one large crate available on a first-come, first-served basis or please feel free to bring your own. Please ask at Admissions or in the Museum Store.
Tram Tour drivers offer passengers the option of getting off at the 390th Memorial Museum, the tour's last stop before returning to the Pima Air & Space Museum's Main Hangar.
Non-refundable Tram Tour tickets can be purchased in advance online (up until midnight the day prior) or via telephone the day prior (call ShowClix at 1-888-71TICKETS, 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time). Advanced-purchase tickets holders need to report to museum admissions 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Tickets will also be available for sale the day of a tour at the museum. See our Buy page for details.
No charge for lap children age 2 & under (limit 1 per paying adult).
RIDING : "BONEYARD"/AMARG
Referred to as the "Boneyard," the 309th Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group (AMARG) on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base can be toured exclusively through the Pima Air & Space Museum. We offer climate-controlled motorcoaches with an experienced, friendly docent on board to narrate the tour of the 4,000+ aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles from the U.S. Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies including NASA in varying degrees of storage or being regenerated/recycled.
Because AMARG is part of a U.S. Air Force base, due to base gate restrictions, tours are only operated Monday through Friday and are not operated on federal holidays. “Boneyard”/AMARG bus tours are $7 per adult, $4 per child 12 and under**. Despite our best efforts these tours can sell out so please plan ahead.
Non-refundable "Boneyard"/AMARG Tour tickets can be purchased in advance online (up until midnight the day prior) or via telephone the day prior (1-888-71-TICKETS, 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time). Advanced purchasers must present their government-issued ID at the Pima Air & Space Museum Admissions counter at least 1 hour before the "Boneyard"/AMARG Tour’s scheduled departure or purchasers will forfeit their seat on the tour. See our Buy page for details. A limited number of tickets are also reserved for sale the day of a tour at the museum beginning at 9:00am however all participants must present themselves at the museum at the time of purchase with ID. Names on the "Boneyard"/AMARG advanced-purchase tickets must match the government-issued ID. A nominal service fee applies to each advanced ticket purchased.
The tour lines up at the blue-poled metal-roof ramada (shade structure) on the northeast corner of the entrance pavilion. Bus seats are first-come, first served. The bus begins loading approximately 15 minutes before the tour departure time.
Attention to our guests taking the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour: Security measures for the U.S. base are in effect. The U.S. Air Force prohibits the carrying of firearms, weapons, illegal substances, backpacks, camera cases, and other non-essential items on the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour. Please leave these items in your car. Carry-on items may include a small camera without the case and a small purse or fanny/belt pack. All items will be visually inspected before boarding the bus. Government-issued photo identification such as a driver's license, military ID or passport is required for all persons 16 years of age and older.
This tour is handicap accessible with 3-business-days advanced notice. Please call the museum at 520 574-0462 or email us to make arrangements. You must notify the museum in advance even if you answer yes to the question using the online advanced purchase option.
For more information on AMARG, you can visit their website by clicking here, or their Facebook page, however you will be leaving the Pima Air & Space Museum website.
While you are taking your "Boneyard"/AMARG Tour, your non-service pet is welcome to stay in a crate in our Museum Store backroom. We have one large crate available on a first-come, first-served basis or please feel free to bring your own. Please ask at Admissions or in the Museum Store.
*Federal holidays: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday (3rd Monday) in Jan., Presidents Day (3rd Monday) in Feb., Memorial Day (last Monday) in May, Independence Day (Jul. 4) in Jul., Labor Day (1st Monday) in Sep., Columbus Day (2nd Monday) in Oct., Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) in Nov., Thanksgiving day (4th Thu.) in Nov., and Christmas day (Dec. 25) in Dec. No “Boneyard”/AMARG tours on these days. Should a federal holiday fall on a Saturday the holiday is observed the Friday before. Should the federal holiday fall on a Sunday, the holiday is observed the following Monday.
**No charge for lap children age 2 & under (limit 1 per paying adult).
WALKING, GUIDED : "HIGHLIGHTS OF AVIATION"
A 50-minute guided tour, detailing the history of aviation and highlighting key components of our collection in the Main Hangar, is offered daily. This tour is led by experienced, friendly docents, and is FREE with admission.
WALKING, GUIDED : "WORLD WAR II"
WALKING, SELF-GUIDED: TOOLS
Feel free to stroll our 5 hangars (including the 390th Memorial Museum) and 80 acres on your own. Experienced docents are available inside the hangars to answer questions or to provide an impromptu mini tour. Please note the 390th Memorial Museum's hours are 10:00am to 4:30pm. The Space Gallery and Hangar 4 close at 4:45pm to allow sufficient time for you to exit by our closing time (5:00pm). Thanks for your coooperation.
For smartphone/iPad users, we offer additional tools:
1. MyGeoTrex™, is a free GPS-based smartphone app that provides our website information about the outdoor aircraft in real time, i.e., as you explore the museum grounds. Standard downloading rates from your carrier will apply. While inside the hangars, although there is free wi-fi (PASM Guests) for downloading, the GPS/location feature does not function but you can access each airplane from an alphabetical list. Read more about the MyGeoTrex™ application at mygeotrex.com (you are leaving the Pima Air & Space Museum website).
2. QR codes. Most of our outdoors planes' information signs offer QR codes. Simply download a free app such as QR Reader and point your camera, shoot the black and white bitmapped square and voila: a direct link to that plane's museum webpage.
WALKING SELF-GUIDED: WITH KIDS
The research is out: kids who visit museums do better in schoool! We are pleased to provide a safe environment for kids to explore. Kids (and adults) are allowed to touch most of the planes here—with respect of course.
Aviation is full of advanced technology and we have plenty to offer in terms of inspiring young minds. We believe the airplanes speak for themselves and they have a lot to say. As you know, kids' interests change as they grow (which is why you'll want to bring them back again and again). According to 2012 "The Art of the Family Vacation" research by H2R Market Research, to optimize a museum visit with kids base the activities on the age of the child, specifically:
- Ages 1-4 Creative play (learning through play, fantasy, exploration)
- Ages 4-7 Interaction, education and variety
- Ages 8-11 Interaction combined with processing (kids asking questions and then being able to explain things in their own words)
- Ages 12+ The challenge, intensity and authenticity that teens "crave."
So please bring your children. Wagons are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Main Hangar to pull smaller children around the museum.
The following is a brief summary of suggestions to pique kids' natural curiosity by the aforementioned age groups throughout the museum. As some activities appeal to several age groups, they are color-coded to help families with children of more than one age group.
Ages 1-4 Creative play (learning through play, fantasy, exploration)
Ages 4-7 Interaction, education and variety
Ages 8-11 Interaction combined with processing (kids asking questions and then being able to explain things in their own words)
Ages 12+ The challenge, intensity and authenticity that teens "crave"
Before you visit, experts recommend involving kids with virtual tours. We love ours and hope you and your kids will too.
We also offer 2 scavenger hunts:
Sneak a peek at what's in store for you at Pima Air & Space with our virtual tours! You can even "climb" up the F-4 stairway and look into its cockpit, just like when you visit the museum! We offer 5 different virtual tours:
- The Entrance, Main Hangar and Museum Store
- The World War II Hangars (Hangars 3 & 4)
- The Dorothy Findley Space Gallery
- The 390th Memorial Museum
- The Outside Tour (the latter courtesy of Google Streetview).