Hill Aerospace Museum

AKA Heaven for little boys.

How did I not know about this place before? Honestly, I grew up in Utah, just a half an hour from Hill Air Force Base and I do not remember once going to this museum. Not even with a school class. Of course, I did not have two little boys who are in love with anything winged and/or wheeled, so would I have remembered it back in my youthful days anyway? Possibly not.

But now that we’ve been, we’re pretty sure we’ll have to make an annual pilgrimage. Because, you know, it’s close, it’s free, and it’s super cool. (Also, really easy to get to – you can’t miss it from the freeway.)

In case just walking around all the planes parked out front aren’t enough, you can also picnic right underneath them! In the shade!

If it does get too hot, there are two hangars full of more winged wonders. And when I say “full,” I mean it. We didn’t give ourselves nearly enough time to explore the deep reaches of the hangars.

But really, my only regret is that we waited until the end to go to the interactive room at the back of the museum. It’s a small room, but the experiments with physics were worth spending some time with. (The simulators are reserved for kids 8 and older, just fyi.) The dress-ups were clearly a winner with our boys.

And if this picture doesn’t convince you that it’s totally worth the price of admission,* I just don’t know what to tell you. 🙂

*which, let me remind you, is free!

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3 Comments

  1. Aspen loves this museum as well. I think she’s been interested in helicopters and planes for almost a year now. It’s exciting, esp since Hill is free and I can indulge her.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Helicopters and planes. What’s not to love? And it is so great that it is free!

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  2. I didn’t know they had a B-1! I’m going next time I visit Utah…

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, do go. I think you would enjoy it.

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  3. We went for the first time two years ago. My dad is retired military and I hadn’t even been before. Aidan loved it, but I didn’t know there was an interactive place in the back.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Yeah, the interactive room is pretty small, but the guy there did several really fun and interesting things to help you feel what fighter pilots feel, among other things.

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