Events

Strategic Air & Space MuseumEvery year, the museum hosts certain regular events, such as our annual Indoor Air Show, Swing Under the Wings, Helicopter Day, and Family Fun Carnival.  We are pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor and partner with the community to offer uniquely themed presentations like our Strategic Air & Space Museum Science Fair, Nebraska Robotics Expo,  Leprechaun Chase, Nebraska Science Festival, and Junior Academy State Science Fair.

Flight Through Time Exhibit: Women With Wings – The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (Dec 5 – Apr 17) – Flight Through Time is a 239 piece 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 Women With Wings display is the fourth featured theme, from Dec 5, 2015 until Apr 17, 2016.

Indoor Air Show (Jan 16) – The Indoor Air Show brings the fun and excitement of an air show inside with radio-controlled (R/C) models. Starting at 10:00 AM, model pilots will demonstrate all of the loops, flips, and barrel rolls in the museum’s climate-controlled Durham Restoration Hangar. The public is invited to come out to the museum and experience flight! Several R/C clubs will fly throughout the day. Viewing will be set up in Hangar B and on the Gilbert M. & Martha H. Hitchcock Observation Gallery. The event is from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.; admission applies. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Science & Art Exhibit (Jan 16 – Apr 10) – Science & Art traveling exhibit is organized into five “mini” exhibits featuring projects created by artists who have specific masteries in scientific areas. The displays are designed to show that art and science have much in common while experiencing science from a fresh point of view. The displays show how art can be used to convey scientific ideas. Come see how a nanometer of water can be fun, how Origami uses geometry, why a worm is considered art, and how music is created from a micro-chip. 

Family Fun Night Extravaganza (Feb 6) – Ever wonder what happens at the Museum after dark? Come spend an evening at the Strategic Air & Space Museum and experience the inside of an aircraft during our airplane crawl through. The event is from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and includes behind-the-scenes access to our aircraft, our younger visitors will get a chance to purchase rubber-band gliders and participate in our young aviators contest!   A designated picnic area will be set up for your family to enjoy your dinner; you may bring your own food, or let us do the work for you, and order a box meal, for $9.00 (preorder and payment required). Click here for box meal registration!

Swing Under the Wings (Feb 13)- Swing Under the Wings 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 Gooch and the Guys.  The event begins at 6:00 pm with dinner. Tickets can also be purchased for drinks and dance only.   Proceeds support the operations of the Strategic Air & Space Museum including aircraft restoration and educational programming. Reservations are required. Click here for event details.

Nebraska Robotics Expo (Feb 20) – 800 students and their robots will compete in the Nebraska Robotics Expo on Feb. 20, starting with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and closing at 3:30. The expo is a collaboration of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and others and will include the first Creative Visual Arts Expo featuring robotic-themed art made by students. The expo is free with admission to the Museum. Those interested in starting their own team should visit www.usfirst.org for more information.

Women in Aerospace (Mar 5) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum proudly presents a new permanent display, “Women in Aerospace.” Throughout the course of aviation and space flight women have continuously made incredible achievements that have pushed the limits of human and machines. This exhibit will honor some of those who have pushed that envelope internationally and right here in Nebraska. Such notable pilots featured will include Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride as well as Nebraska natives Evelyn Sharpe and Chandy Clanton. The exhibit will feature photos, biographies, and personal artifacts from the more than 112 years of controlled flight.

Leprechaun chase 10K (Mar 5) – The Leprechaun Chase 10K is a St. Paddy’s Day run with a twist, where ladies get a head start and the guys chase them! First person to cross the finish line wins a free drink for their gender, lads or lasses, at the Green Beer After Party. The race begins at 4 p.m. amongst planes and rockets at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, runners dash through Mahoney State Park, high five a leprechaun, and strut across the finish line to the Green Beer After Party. Registration is capped at 2,500 runners.

Easter Egg Drop (Mar 12) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is offering a member recruitment day. From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Museum is offering $2.00 off every admission ticket so guests can learn about all the benefits of becoming a member. Admission for the day can be converted into a membership. The Easter Egg Drop includes an Easter Egg Hunt and building a structure that would have saved Humpty Dumpty from cracking during his fall. 

Strategic Air & Space Science Fair (Mar 31) – From 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. the Strategic Air & Space Museum is hosting its annual Science Fair, inviting science enthusiasts from grades 3-8 to participate. Students are required to design a science project and present their project to a jury of experts. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in science workshops that the Museum has organized for them. Schools are now invited to register their teams; each team can have maximum of three members. Students must be accompanied by their sponsor teacher and parents are also welcome to attend. Registration is $12 per student, $7 per parent. Teachers and judges attend free of charge. Free luncheon will be provided to all students and teachers. Top Honors and certificates of participation will be awarded to participants.

Wings of Freedom Gala (Apr 7) – Wings of Freedom is a biennial fundraising event in support of the mission of the Strategic Air & Space Museum. Net proceeds will benefit preservation of artifacts and exhibits of SAC history, general operations, and enhancements to improve student learning. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. with a program and auction at 7 p.m.

Scoops of Thanks @ eCreamery (April 14) –eCreamery is donating proceeds from every “Candy Bomber” scoop sold. The Strategic Air & Space Museum Mad Scientist will be at eCreamery, 5001 Underwood, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. demonstrating how science is used in food preparation. Purchase “Candy Bomber” ice cream (online) or come into the store for this special day of giving!

Science of Music (Apr 16)- Visualize sounds in exciting and engaging ways at the Science of Music event held in conjunction with the Nebraska Science Festival. The Science of Music will feature live bands, including the USAF Heartland of America Band, and Museum educators performing scientific demonstrations of how music can be created using everyday items. These demonstrations are performed using scientific effects of vibrations, waves, and dancing flames on water! Younger visitors will get a chance to make their own mini guitar to take home with them. Science of Music, sponsored by Midlands Community Foundation, is a free event (free admission) and will be held April 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.         

Nebraska Science Festival (Apr 21) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is the host facility to the Nebraska Science Festival, a multi-day celebration showcasing the diversity and wonders of science. Sci-Fest fans enjoy hands-on activities, talks, tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other science-related events. Presented by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Festival is designed to make science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike.

2016 Junior Academy State Science Fair (Apr 21) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is the host facility to the Junior Academy State Science Fair. The Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) seeks to stimulate science education and to encourage young people to become involved in science. The NJAS Science Fair, held annually, brings together the Top 5 student projects from each region of the state. Team Projects (a team of 2 students) will be allowed at NJAS State Science Competitions.  

Flight Through Time Exhibit: The Caproni 1909 Prints- The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (Apr 22 – Jul 4)- Flight Through Time is a 239 piece 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 Caproni 1909 display will be the fifth featured theme, from Apr. 22, until Jul. 4). 

Drone Race (Apr 30) – Quadcopter and Helicopter R/C Flyers are welcome to register for the first annual race held at the Strategic Air & Space Museum.  Race begins at 10 a.m. and pilots will be timed and will fly through obstacles to the finish line. Each pilot must go through a series of stations for safety briefing, qualification, verification and equipment check in.  The registration fee is $25.00 per person and awards are offered for participating in this event.   

Mother’s Day (May 8) – Plan an adventure for your Mom this year and treat her to a visit at the Strategic Air & Space Museum! All Moms (accompanied by children) enjoy free admission to the Museum. There will be free family activities all day, including learning how to make a bath bomb for mom. 

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Dedication (May 21) – The Museum will hold an event to officially dedicate the Museum’s new name, The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.  The event begins at 10 a.m. with breakfast, an Armed Forces salute, and opening of a new exhibit, Strategic Air Command History in 100 Artifacts.

Strategic Air Command in 100 Artifacts Exhibit (May 21)- The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum’s newest exhibit, “Strategic Air Command in 100 Artifacts,” opens Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2016 in conjunction with the Museum’s dedication of its new name.   This exhibit will take guests through a 46-year span that changed the world forever featuring, the Berlin Blockade, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, and many more. Throughout the Cold War SAC kept a nuclear WWIII from erupting, the exhibit features artifacts from SAC’s first Commanding General’s and first Senior Enlisted Advisor’s uniforms, trophies from the SAC Bombing and Navigation Competition, Soviet Union uniform and propaganda items, and much, much more. Come follow the history of SAC and the Cold War through 100 artifacts.  

Museum Open House – Omaha Gives! (May 25) – Come experience the SAC Aerospace Museum for free and learn about the future plans of the museum. Open House tours are at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Free admission applies but tour is required.

Helicopter Day (May 28) – The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum will host a Helicopter Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28, when visitors can watch 10 choppers fly over the horizon and land right in front of them. Law enforcement pilots will join commercial and private helicopter pilots to talk about their careers and give close-up views of the machines. Helicopter rides will be offered and a drone workshop and demonstration will be held. Children will get to explore science demonstrations and activities, the bounce house, watch planetarium shows and movies, and enjoy simulator rides. The outdoor activities are free and admission applies for indoor activities.

Summer Camps (June 1-July 29) – The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum offers several summer camps to interest and educate youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). SASM is offering new camps for June and July of 2016. For additional information and pricing, please visit http://sasmuseum.com/camps/.

Kite Flying (Jun 11) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is offering a member recruitment day. From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. the Museum is offering $2.00 off every admission ticket so guests can learn about all the benefits of becoming a member. Admission for the day can be converted into a membership. Midwest Winds Kite Fliers will be on site to teach how to build and fly a kite. The Kite Fliers will demonstrate stunt kites and kids will be able to learn how to fly their newly constructed kites.

Father’s Day (Jun 19) – Plan an adventure for your Dad this year and treat him to a visit to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum! All Dads (accompanied by children) enjoy free admission to the Museum. There will be free family activities all day including a crawl through of the T-29 airplane of the month.

Salute to the Military Family (July 4) – The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum salutes our armed forces. Free make and take gliders in the Science Zone at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Flight Through Time Exhibit: The Barnstormers – The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (Jul 8 – Sep 18)- Flight Through Time is a 239 piece 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 Barnstormers display will be the sixth featured theme, from Jul 8, until Sept 18). 

Family Fun Night Extravaganza (July 23) – Come enjoy an evening at the Strategic Air and Space Museum! The Museum will have special evening hours, followed by a screening of a family-friendly aviation movie! Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, we will be under the wings of historic aircraft in hangar B. You can bring your own snacks or purchase concessions at the event. There will be space themed activities and planetarium shows starting at 5 p.m., movie starts at 6 p.m. 

Family Fun Carnival (August 6)- The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Family Fun Carnival includes make and take activities, games, a science demonstration from our Mad Scientist, a space walk, face-painting and balloon animals. Admission applies. The carnival hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Patriot Day Program & Lunch (Sep 11) – 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 September 11, 2001 changed the mission for STRATCOM and National Security. This program and lunch are free with paid admission to the Museum for non-military guests. Military and first responder guests 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.

Flight Through Time Exhibit: End of Richtonffen Prints – The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (Sep 23 – Dec 5) – Flight Through Time is a 239 piece 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 End of Richtonffen display will be the seventh featured theme, from Sep 23, until Dec 5). 

Mini Maker Faire (Oct 8) – SAC Aerospace Museum, in partnership with Omaha Maker Group, is hosting the third annual Omaha Mini MakerFaire. Omaha Mini Maker Faire displays interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things. The faire is an event to bring makers, artisans, tinkerers, craftsmen, inventors, performers, hackers and do-it-yourselfers together. If you’re interested in being a maker at the second annual Omaha Mini Maker Faire held in September, or know someone who is, please apply@ www.omahamakerfaire.com. The event will be accessible to all paid Museum guests and will be held from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. October 8 & 9, 2016.

Planes, Trains, & Autos (Oct 22-23)Planes, Trains and Autos is a Trick or Treat event intended to educate Museum guests on various modes of transportation from the 1960s. The event will feature five Museum aircraft with connections to Offutt AFB, 20 unique muscle cars, and model trains. To add to the event excitement, guests are encouraged to come is costume and trick or treat various stations at the museum. Museum educators will work with guests to build a mode of transportation out of boxes showcasing the ever-expanding technologies behind modes of transportation.

Veterans Day (Nov 11) – 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. Veterans are encouraged to attend this event in uniform. Guests should arrive for the program, along with a free box-sandwich lunch, at 11:30 a.m..

Family Fun Night Extravaganza (Nov 12) – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is staying open late to offer a night at the museum. The event is from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and includes learning how to engineer and create things from ordinary household items. The evening also includes fun activities and games. Be part of giant Jenga and giant chest.

Santa goes to Space (Dec 3)- 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-F4 fighter jet. The Museum will also feature space-related booths, free planetarium showings, and holiday music in Hangar B. Event time is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with paid admission.

Flight Through Time Exhibit: Messerschmitt Prints – The Harr Collection by Charles Hubbell (Dec 9 – Feb 19) – Flight Through Time is a 239 piece 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 Messerschmitt Prints display will be the eight featured theme, from Dec 9, 2016, until Feb 19, 2017).

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