Invest in the Next 25 Years
Since opening in May 1996, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force has welcomed more than 2.2 million visitors through its doors. They come to the museum for several reasons: to connect with a loved one who served in the Eighth; to comprehend the scope and effects of the air war; and to understand and appreciate the meaning of duty, courage, honor and sacrifice.
The museum’s Education Department engages tens of thousands of school children annually. Pre-Coronavirus, more than 15,000 students annually participated in organized tours and other history and STEM education programs. When combined with other mission-related programs and services, the museum engaged with more than 125,000 people in 2019.
Preserving and presenting the rich and remarkable history of the Eighth Air Force is the museum’s core mission. In fulfilling this mission, the Mighty Eighth Museum has developed a permanent collection consisting of more than 1,100 oral histories with World War II Eighth Air Force veterans; 12,000 objects such as diaries, letters, uniforms, official records and militaria; 97,000 historical photographs; and a world-renowned, 10,000-volume library. This collection of historical resources on the Eighth Air Force is second to none.
While receiving no public funding to deliver a greatly-valued public service, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force has been supported by individuals and entities recognizing the organization’s need, power and impact. Consider investing in the next 25 years of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.