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  How to Schedule your Field Trip
1.    Select tour and program topics.

2.    Determine at least two possible dates for your field trip.

3.    Use our online field trip request system or call the Hiller Aviation Museum at (650) 654-0200 at least two weeks in advance of your requested date to make a reservation.

Confirmation information is distributed via email within three business days. Review confirmation information carefully upon receipt.

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All school and public groups with advance reservations receive a guided tour of the Museum collection for no additional charge.† Led by knowledgeable staff and volunteers, tours last approximately 30 minutes.

Tour content varies by topic and grade level, but all include:

  • Observations of historic aircraft.
  • Interpretation of historical and/or scientific significance of select aircraft.
  • Opportunities to enter aircraft cockpits.
  • Demonstrations of aircraft function and/or aerodynamics.

Following their tours and any selected hands-on programs , groups are invited to explore Gallery exhibits more closely under the supervision of a teacher or chaperone.† Popular exhibits include flight simulators, aircraft cockpits and the Boeing 747.† The Museumís Gift Shop is also open; students and children are required to be accompanied by an adult in the Gift Shop.

Exhibit Safaris are "scavenger hunt" style worksheets suitable for an entire class that facilitate additional museum exploration. Safaris correspond with the content presented in each tour in an age-appropriate manner.† Both student worksheets and teacher answer keys are available for download.† Extend the Gallery experience by scouring the Gallery for the answers following a tour experience.

Grades 5-12
Discover the science of aviation while exploring the Museumís extensive aircraft collection. Tour guides bring the forces of flight to life with exhibits ranging from a full scale replica of the Wright Brothersí first airplane to historic gliders and helicopters. Experience a hands-on demonstration of the flight controls of a real airplane or helicopter. Physics takes to the sky with this engaging presentation.

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California Aviation History
Grade 4
Even before the Wright Brothers took wing at Kitty Hawk, innovative inventors in California devised amazing aircraft. Our home stateís surprising early aviation history is revealed in a journey through 130 years of aeronautic design and experimentation. Authentic aircraft and true-to-life replicas showcase the Golden Stateís many contributions to the conquest of the air.

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Dream of Flight
Grades 2-12
People have longed to fly for thousands of years. Join the quest for flight in a sweeping overview of the Museumís collection. See groundbreaking creations, historic advances and paths not taken. Encounter aircraft that have helped to change the world and learn about the people who built and flew them in an exploration of the Museumís many exhibits.

Register online.
Young Aviators
Preschool - Grade 2
Experience a delightful tour with a hands-on twist. Take a kinesthetic flight through the Gallery to meet our amazing aircraft. Lay back and observe exhibits overhead, and then encounter a real airplane and learn its different parts. Itís an aviation adventure perfectly sized for the youngest aviators.

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