Military Aviation Museum Hosts Drive-In Museum Experience

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Military Aviation Museum celebrates Memorial Day with a free, drive-thru exhibit.

"Memorial Day is an important time when Americans reflect on the meaning of service and sacrifice. The Military airplanes we will have on display are an important tangible link to those stories from the past."

The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach is holding a free event for the Hampton Roads community over Memorial Day weekend. The free, drive-in exhibit will run from Saturday, May 23rd, till Monday, May 25th, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be contactless opportunities for guests to donate to the non-profit museum, along with items from their online gift shop available for pick up, to express their support for the museum and its mission of honoring our veterans and sharing their stories.

Visitors will be able to drive their cars around a specially crafted exhibit on the museum grounds to view a selection of the Museum's fan-favorite WWII aircraft on display. Jerrassic Park, the museum’s unique collection of dinosaur sculptures, is free and open to the public, but we ask that visitors practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart from other guests. The gift shop is available online for visitors to pick up their purchase through a curbside service. Simply purchase an item online and at checkout select the "pick up" option. Transactions will be ready for pick up at the end of the drive thru.

"Memorial Day is an important time when Americans reflect on the meaning of service and sacrifice. The Military airplanes we will have on display are an important tangible link to those stories from the past," said Military Aviation Museum Director Keegan Chetwynd. "We wanted to do something special for Memorial Day, but to do so with a focus on keeping everyone safe, which is where the idea of a Drive-Through Museum featuring our largest artifacts came from."

The museum’s buildings and associated facilities, including restrooms, will remain closed to visitors. Should there be any weather impacts, announcements will be made on the museum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MilitaryAviationMuseum/.

For more information call 757.721.7767 or visit https://militaryaviationmuseum.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/249017926333602/.

About the Museum:

A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of airworthy military aircraft from the first 50-years of flight. Truly a living museum, its aircraft are in restoration at facilities around the world. Besides the main Museum the Virginia Beach complex features additional exhibition spaces, including a mid-1930s Luftwaffe hangar, originally from Cottbus, Germany, which now serves to house the Museum's collection of WWII-vintage German aircraft. Additional structures include the WWI Hangar, and the original radio control tower from RAF Goxhill built in England in 1942. Visit http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org for more information or call 757-721-7767.

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