Aviation Museum to open extra hours during vacation week

LONDONDERRY – The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will be open extra hours during the state’s upcoming spring school vacation week.

The Museum will be open on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for families to visit, learn about flight and have fun.

The Thursday hours are in addition to the museum’s regular public opening hours of Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.

For younger visitors, the Aviation Museum has child-friendly (and COVID-19-safe) activities and exhibits, including a challenging scavenger hunt and a real airplane cockpit kids can climb into.

The Aviation Museum was recently named “Best Place to Take Kids” in southern New Hampshire in the 2021 HippoPress Readers Poll.

In addition, the Aviation Museum is inviting area high school students to attend a FAA Career Symposium on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, to be held in the museum’s Vincent Devino Classroom, is free and open to any area high school students interested in learning about careers in military or commercial aviation.

The FAA Symposium will take place online in the museum’s classroom; at the event, students will get to meet pilots, mechanics, and other aviation professionals.

Students participating in the Aviation Museum’s plane-building partnership with the Manchester School of Technology will also attend.

Space is limited, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Lunch is included for all participants. Call museum director Jeff Rapsis at 603-669-4820 to reserve a seat in advance. Students should be expected to attend the entire program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s a great chance for high school students to speak with experienced people,” Rapsis said. “In addition, the FAA symposium will lay out the many possible career paths in aviation and aerospace.”

The Aviation Museum, based in the 1937 art deco passenger terminal at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is dedicated to preserving the Granite State’s rich aviation past, and also inspiring today’s young people to become the aerospace pioneers of tomorrow.

The Aviation Museum is compliant with all local and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Face coverings are required, social distancing is observed, and public spaces are frequently cleaned and sanitized.

The Aviation Museum is located at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry

Admission is $10 per person; children 6-12 $5, 5 and under, free; seniors 65+ and retired/active military, $5.

The Aviation Museum of N.H. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org or call 603-669-4820.