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Welcome to the Hill Aerospace Museum

The Hill Aerospace Museum is one of the premier attractions in Utah and is located on the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, about five miles south of Ogden. The museum was founded in 1982 as part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program and first opened to the public in 1987. It moved to its current facility in 1991. The museum annually welcomes around 350,000 visitors, coming from every state and many foreign countries.

The Museum REOPENS on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE, but monetary donations are gratefully accepted.

If you are looking for attractions in Utah, the Museum exhibits more than 90 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds and inside the Major General Rex A. Hadley Gallery and the Lindquist Stewart Fighter Gallery. Our collection includes a wide variety of ordinance and munitions, an assortment of aerospace ground equipment, military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of other historical artifacts.

As one of the premier attractions in Utah, as well as a field museum of the United States Air Force Museum System,The Mission of the Hill Aerospace Museum is to Educate and inspire all ages through history, with a focus on the United States Air Force, Hill Air Force Base, Utah Aviation, and unique learning experiences.

The Mission of the Hill Aerospace Museum is:

to Educate and inspire all ages through history, with a focus on the United States Air Force, Hill Air Force Base, Utah Aviation, and unique learning experiences.

Museum Vision

With the support of Museum Staff, the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah, and Air Force Material Command History Office, the Hill Aerospace Museum has a clear vision—to serve as the premier Air Force Field Museum—leading the way for others to follow! Driving this vision are our aspirations to increase public and governmental interest in aviation, support a robust and diverse visitor base, maintain responsible and ethical collection management practices, and improve educational elements for all ages—ultimately inspiring the Airmen of tomorrow by turning curious visitors into patrons of aviation! To meet these objectives, we envision the expansion and enhancement of our facilities/grounds to house the majority of the collection, the transformation of our storyline and artifact exhibition to educate the public on our focused mission, improvement of staff and artifact care, and execution of unique educational experiences. To meet these goals, several strategic initiatives must occur in several programs across our institution.

Museum Strategic Goals

  1. Improve Focus, Care & Display of Collection
  2. Expand & Improve Education Program
  3. Improve Staff & Patron Experience
  4. Improve Resource Planning & Utilization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hill Aerospace Museum History

1946

Hill AFB opened its first museum on 6 April 1946, displaying World War II weapons and equipment, and closed it a year later

1950

Hill AFB open its second museum on 26 March 1950, displaying World War II weapons and equipment, and closed it three years later

1970

The Secretary of the Air Force initiated the Air Force Heritage Program

1981

Hill AFB became involved in the Air Force Heritage Program

1983

Members of the community founded the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah—a private, nonprofit organization—to fundraise and support the planned Hill AFB museum

1984

On 27 January 1984, Maj Gen Marc Reynolds, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, hosted the initial “Kickoff” For Hill AFB’s new museum

1987

By 1987, Hill AFB had the “Heritage Museum and Aerospace Park,” which operated on the current museum grounds; utilized what is now the restoration facility (Bldg. 1919) as the museum; and featured 26 aircraft, 5 missiles, and several artifacts

1988

Through Foundation lobbying efforts, the State of Utah provided $5M for the construction of a new facility (administrative and Hadley Gallery) in 1988—with the new structure gifted in 1991 and titled the Hill Aerospace Museum

1984

The Air Force dedicated the second facility (Lindquist-Stewart Gallery), a contribution made possible through the supporting Foundation

Today, both Foundation and Museum staff are working towards constructing a third gallery.