School Tours

College Park Aviation Museum offers a variety of educational tours to take learning to new heights! Our programs utilize our permanent exhibits and include interactive, hands-on activities to extend learning beyond the classroom, and to excite students about the history and science of flight.

Our tours are designed to address grade-appropriate Common Core and Maryland educational standards, and can be modified to accommodate a wide range of learning abilities. Descriptions of our tours and school group behavior expectations are outlined below. We also offer in-class educational outreach programs.

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school group in the lobby

Scheduling a Tour

  • Two-week advanced registration is required for all group tours and programs
  • Tours are available Tuesday - Friday, 10am-2pm. 
  • Typically 1.5-2 hours long

To better serve you and to ensure a quality tour experience, please be advised that your tour is only booked when you have received a confirmation email from the museum. For any questions, please contact Assistant Education Manager, Savannah Laury, at 301-864-5313 or


  • $2 per student
  • One adult per 10 children required and are free. This ensures a healthy and safe learning environment for your group. 
  • All adults over this requirement are $3 each

Tour Descriptions

Storybook (Pre-K-2nd grade)

This tour presents students with a story that teaches lessons on following our dreams. Storytime followed by an abbreviated Changes in Transportation tour. Ask for more information on story offerings.

Changes in Transportation (2nd grade +)

Students explore how aviation technology developed throughout the 20th century, focusing on the Wright Brothers, the inter-war period, and beyond to modern aircraft.

Women in Aviation (3rd grade +)

Starting with Katharine Wright all the way back in 1903, women have always played an integral role in aviation history. Join this tour to hear stories that showcase the achievements of several great women and their connection to the College Park Airfield, while discussing the opportunities and challenges for women in aviation careers.

Airmail (7th grade+)

Airmail started right here at the College Park Airport! Join this tour for a unique perspective on the important figures and flights involved in the beginnings of Postal Service airmail deliveries. Visitors will explore the history of airmail while examining planes, artifacts, and primary source documents from the museum’s collections. Stick around after the tour to design your own stamp and begin your stamp collection

Women Airforce Service Pilots (7th grade+)

This tour celebrates the WASP program of World War II. Students learn about the history of the program, local WASP Elaine Harmon, and the challenges these women faced during WWII and beyond.

Black Aviators (7th grade+)

This tour highlights just some of history’s Black aviators, from the legendary Eugene Bullard to local aviator Gus McLeod, and their impacts on aviation. We also dig deeper into the story of nearby Columbia Air Center, which was the first licensed airfield owned and operated by Black aviators in the country.

School Group Behavior Guidelines

Please review these expectations with your students and chaperones. Museums are fragile environments and school groups are larger than typical museum groups. Following museum behavior expectations is essential to the success and enjoyment of the learning experience. We reserve the right to ask a school group to leave the Museum due to behavior issues.