Every year, the museum hosts certain regular events, such as our annual Swing Under the Wings and Family Fun Carnival. We are pleased to also have the opportunity to sponsor uniquely themed presentations like our Strategic Air & Space Museum Science Fair, Helicopter Day and Indoor Air Show. Click on one of the following links to learn more about each of our upcoming events.
Winter Camps (Jan. 2-3, 2015)
Indoor Air Show (Jan. 17, 2015) Air Show event in the Strategic Air & Space Museum’s Restoration Hangar. The event offers flight demonstrations by modelers flying airplanes throughout the day.
Tech City Exhibit Opening (Jan. 17, 2015) You can solve real world engineering problems! Use an engineering approach to design, build, test and modify. Tile the plaza! Shake your building! Clean the “water” in Separation Station! Work with a partner and use metal blocks to prevent the creek from flooding! Meet these challenges in Tech City.
Teachers Appreciation Open House (Jan. 24, 2015)
Swing Under the Wings (Feb. 14, 2015) takes place underneath the wings of a B-29 Superfortress and a KC-97 Stratotanker. Guests are encouraged to dress in their swinging-est 1940s attire as they swing to a 17 piece band. The event starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased for dinner, drinks and dance or just the dance. Tickets start at $60 per person for dance, dessert, two drink tickets; or select dinner/dance/dessert/drink tickets starting at $75. Member discounts apply. See registration form for more information. Proceeds support the operations of the Strategic Air & Space Museum including aircraft restoration and educational programming. Reservations are required. Contact Deb Hermann for more information.
Nebraska Robotics Expo (Feb. 21, 2015) UNO/UNL Robotics and Lego’s Competition and Expo.
LEPRECHAUN CHASE 10K (Mar. 7, 2015) A St. Paddy’s Day themed run with a twist, where ladies get a head start and the guys chase them.
Strategic Air & Space Science Fair (Mar. 26, 2015) 3rd-8th Grade Science Fair.
Nebraska SciFest (Apr. 16-17, 2015)
Helicopter Day (May 30, 2015) Outdoor Helicopter Landings/Rides
General Curtis LeMay Exhibit (May 23 – Sept. 19, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum announces a new exhibit dedicated to General Curtis LeMay. This exhibit will highlight General Curtis LeMay’s time as Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command. It features artifacts such as his official desk and ceremonial swords and plaques. General LeMay served as a brilliant strategist in both the European and the Pacific Theaters of WWII. General LeMay was responsible for building Strategic Air Command (SAC) into one of the most effective military units in the world.
Summer Camps (June 1 – July 24, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum (SASM) offers several summer camps to interest and educate youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). SASM is offering 11 new camps for June and July of 2015. These camps are divided into tiers: day camps for introductions and young campers, 3-day and overnight camps for intermediate learning, and advanced camps like Razor Edge Robotics and Tinker, Maker, Engineer. For additional information and pricing, please visit http://sasmuseum.com/camps/.
New Nanoscience Exhibit Arrives (June 13 – Aug 31, 2015) The Strategic Air & Space Museum is the first museum to host the 400-square foot exhibit. The Nano exhibit, offered by Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), includes hands-on, interactive stations—interesting and informative for all ages—that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications. The exhibit is free with paid admission to the Museum. A full release can be found by clicking here.
Father’s Day (June 21, 2015) The Strategic Air & Space Museum is offering $2.00 off admission for Father’s on Sunday, June 21, 2015. The Museum is also opening up its C-47 “Skytrain” for viewing during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Flight Through Time: The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (June 27 – Sept. 5, 2015) Flight Through Time is a 239 piece lithograph collection of aviation art created by Charles Hubbell. Charles Hubbell was a licensed pilot and one of the most recognized commercial aviation artists in the country. This art, which spans aviation history from 1937 through 1972, was commissioned by Thompson Products and is owned by the Harr Collection. The collection will be displayed in themes which include 12 to 14 pieces per theme. The 20 themes will change every 10 weeks, taking until 2017 to complete. The Thompson lithograph display will be the first featured theme, from June 27, 2015 until September 5, 2015.
Salute to the Military Family (July 4, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum salutes our armed forces with $2.00 of admission for active and retired military and their family members. There will be a free showing of the documentary, To Love & Support The American Military Spouse, a film by Stephanie Purcell in the Museum’s Theater. Free make and take gliders in the Science Zone at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Kid’s will enjoy our Nano exhibit, Tech City Exhibit and getting inside our newly opened B-52 Trainer.
Clayton Anderson Book Signing (July 25, 2015) Clayton Anderson will make an appearance at the Strategic Air & Space Museum on Saturday, July 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. During this appearance, Anderson will speak about his dreams of becoming an astronaut and the triumphs and tragedies of life as a NASA astronaut. Anderson, a native from Ashland, Nebraska, will offer an autograph to those who purchase his new book, The Ordinary Spaceman. The event is free with paid admission to the Museum. The Museum will have books on hand for those who wish to purchase a book at the Museum’s gift shop for $29.99. Guests can also take advantage of the Clayton Anderson exhibit, which is on display in Hangar B of the Museum.
Family Fun Carnival (Aug. 1, 2015) The Family Fun Carnival includes make and take activities, games, a science demonstration from our Mad Scientist, a space walk, and face-painting and balloon animals, all free with paid admission at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. The carnival hours are 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM..
“Moving the SAC Museum” Exhibit Opening (Aug. 22, 2015) This exhibit is created by the Museum’s Curator and includes a timeline and exhibition of archival photos dating back to the early days of SAC Museum. The exhibit covers the history of the museum, the development and design of the new Museum, and the massive undertaking of moving 36 aircraft and missiles, plus the Museum’s collection of artifacts the 36 miles over land to the new 300,000 square foot site in Ashland, Neb. In 1998, this was the largest move of static aircraft ever undertaken.
Remembrance Luncheon (Sept. 11, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum salutes America and honors the fallen victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the heroes who have fought our nation’s battles throughout the years. The lunch topic will cover changes in national security and how the attacks of 9/11/01 changed the mission for STRATCOM. This program and lunch are free with paid admission to non-military guests. Military guest will receive free admission to the Museum in addition to the program and lunch. Guests should arrive for the program, and lunch, at 11:30 AM.
Football: The Exhibit Opening (Oct. 3, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016) Football arrives at the Strategic Air & Space Museum on October 03, 2015. Football a popular traveling exhibit, offered by the Museum of Discovery, is a 3,000 square foot exhibit that introduces visitors to the science, mathematics and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. This highly interactive exhibit provides hands-on learning covering a wide array of science topics through football themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage.
Planes, Trains, and Autos (Oct. 17-18, 2015) Planes, Trains and Autos to be held October 17-18, 2015 is intended to educate Museum guests on various modes of transportation from the 1950s and 1960s. The event will feature five Museum aircraft with connections to Offutt AFB, 20 unique automobiles from the period (sponsored by local auto clubs), and model trains in the exhibition. To add to the event excitement, performers will be in time period costumes walking about the museum educating guest about the aircraft and the roles that they played in this time period. Guests are welcome to come in costumes to join the fun! There will be a presentation in the Museum’s theater showcasing the ever-expanding technologies behind each mode of transportation.
Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum honors America’s military veterans with a special program and lunch on Veteran’s Day. Veterans will be granted free admission to the Museum as appreciation for their service. This program will feature the posting of the colors and the program will include a keynote speaker and a panel of subject matter experts who will speak about the theme or historical event. The Museums will encourage veterans to share their experience particularly related to museum aircraft and/or the aircraft they flew during their careers. Guests should arrive for the program, along with a free box-sandwich lunch, at 11:30 AM.
Santa Goes to Space (Dec. 5, 2015) The Strategic Air and Space Museum will celebrate the holiday season and space day by bringing Santa Claus, and the Imperial Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion together for a fun-filled family day. Young guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and sit inside the Museum’s mini-F111. The Museum will also feature space-related booths, free planetarium showings, and holiday music in Hangar B. Event time is 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and is free with paid admission.