Following a successful outdoor-only opening on Memorial Day weekend, the New England Air Museum reopened all indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces in June. The museum will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. All three exhibit hangars are open. Public programs and activities will take place in socially distanced style.
While the museum’s indoor spaces will be open, the wide-open hangar doors will make everyone feel as though they are still outdoors in the fresh air. “With 90,000 square feet of aircraft hangars and wide-open hangar doors, there really is no better place to go for safe, socially distanced fun,” says the museum’s executive director Debbie Reed.
Prior to the Memorial Day reopening, the entire museum was cleaned and sanitized, and the shortened daily hours leave the staff time for cleaning at the beginning and end of each day. To ensure the health and safety of the museum’s visitors, staff and volunteers, the museum will follow all COVID-19 rules issued by Governor Ned Lamont and the Reopen Connecticut panel.
“The great thing about this museum,” says Reed, “is that everyone can have a great experience, see incredible aircraft, learn and have fun all without the need to touch anything.” The outdoor space will remain open with 10 aircraft, and visitors can see another 50 aircraft indoors, plus dozens of engines and exhibits on various aspects of aviation history.
Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for children ages 4–14, and free for 3 and under. Throughout 2020, veterans have free admission every day, courtesy of Key Bank.