The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force places a high priority on educational programs for school groups and other visitors. The Museum plays an integral role within the educational community; over 20,000 students participate in annual field trips to the Museum. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is pleased to incorporate the Character Counts! program into all of its museum tours and programs. The Museum was officially recognized in 2003 by the State of Georgia as a Center for Character Education. The Mighty Eighth realized that we have thousands of stories within our museum and archives that demonstrate strong admirable character traits and we needed to be able to share those stories with every person we could and Character Counts! helps us to reach this goal.
The Mighty Eighth has accepted the challenge of sharing the positive character traits demonstrated by the men and women of the 8th Air Force. Program content is age-appropriate and tailored to meet school curriculum standards. We have several different tours/programs available to match the educational needs of various groups. In this way, the classroom teacher is partnering with our educational staff so student and teacher may participate in an authentic learning experience. Please make reservations at least one month ahead or as soon as possible to secure your first choice in field trip dates. March, April, May, all Fridays and weekends book up quickly. Please don’t miss out on a tremendous learning experience for your students.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force welcomes over 20,000 school children from across the State of Georgia and Southeast each year for specialized tours.
Student ToursAll student tours are guided to enhance their museum experience and have a 10 student minimum. Groups should be scheduled at least two weeks prior whenever possible due to guide availability and tour demand. Thank you. Grades: Pre-K-2 Tour length: 1– 1 1/2 hour Grades: 3-12 Recommended Tour length: 2 hours
Student Tour OptionsStudent Group Tour Admission: $5 per student. Reduced Rates/Free Admission grants are available. Grades Pre-K to 12th and above Ages 3-103 The WWII Tour immerses students on a historic journey beginning in 1933 with the prelude to war in Europe through to the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers in 1945. Students will leave with a better understanding of WWII history including the role of the Eighth Air Force in helping to defeat Nazi Germany. What is the Eighth Air Force, why do they have a museum and why is the museum in Savannah, are all questions to be answered. The tour incorporates Character Education using the Eighth AF experiences from World War II. Artifacts, photographs, letters and exhibit panels bring the tales of WWII and the Eighth to life. All tour content is tailored according to grade level and includes the three part Mission Experience films. “We Can Do It” The Home Front Tour integrates our WWII tour with how every-day Americans contributed to the Allied victory. “We are now at war. We are now in it—all the way. Every single man, woman, and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history.” So stated President Roosevelt on December 9, 1941, during his weekly radio address to the nation. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, America had formally entered the war as a partner of the Allies in the fight for democracy—and life on the Home Front would never be the same. Available school days only. The Science of Flight Tour teaches students the principles of aerodynamics utilizing the museum’s newly restored B-17 Flying Fortress to demonstrate the science, math and aeronautics necessary to make flight possible. Using a wind tunnel, jet engine model and combustion engine model students learn the history of the science of flight. Students will design and make paper airplanes to test the theories. Available school days only. Doing Their Part! Girl Scouts in WWII Tour integrates our WWII Tour with the awe-inspiring participation on the Home Front by the Girl Scouts. On March 12, 1944, the Girl Scout Organization donated a “check” to President Roosevelt representing the 15,430,000 hours of volunteer service they had earned since 1941. Girl Scouts were integral in helping America contribute to the Allied Victory. Scouts will visit the museum’s Girl Scout featured exhibit as part of their tour to learn how they achieved this amazing accomplishment as well as “Rosie Up” with bandanas to experience the roles of women in WWII. The “Women Through Time” Badge is earned and available in the Gift Shop for $2 +tax after the tour.
Need Lunch?We offer rooms to eat your bag lunches in free of charge. The museum’s restaurant offers box sandwich lunches for $6 and a hot buffet lunch for $10. Reservations required for all lunch options. Classroom Visits can be added to your scheduled tour to further discuss various topics using artifacts. Contact the education department for details. To schedule a tour please call the Education Department at 912-988-1835 or email email@example.com 175 Bourne Ave, Pooler, GA 912-988-1835 Open Daily 9:00am–5:00pm
EXPERIENCE AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMLearn what it would have been like in WWII to be a member of the Eighth Air Force, the unconventional roles of women, as well as children's role in the war effort. A mission briefing and dinner will kick off the night. Then your group will experience the museum with a unique personalized guided tour, learn the techniques of a bombing mission with a fun hands on activity, explore the combat gallery by flashlight and relax while watching a movie before bedtime. Airmen and airwomen will be called to breakfast by an authentic bugle call! Students will receive personalized dog tags at their Mission debriefing during breakfast before returning home! Bunking In begins at 6:00PM and ends the following morning at 9:00 AM. Reservations are required and based on availability. Bunkin' In is perfect for schools, Girl Scouts, Boy/Cub Scouts, church groups and more. Each reservation is personalized according to the group type and age. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to make your reservation today. Bring your sleeping bag and explore the Museum as never before!
- June 12-16 or June 26-30
- June 5-9 or July 24-28
- June 19-23 or July 17-21
- Camp hours: 9am-4pm.
- Cost: $30
- Ages: 7-11
- Call or email for details and to sign up.