The Aviation Museum of N.H. is managed and operated by the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1995. The mission of the organization is to preserve Granite State aviation history through dynamic and hands-on exhibits and educational programs. We engage the public through learning opportunities in aviation science and technology.
The museum offers a unique cultural experience that inspires aviation enthusiasm in people of all ages. The museum is dedicated to inspiring enthusiasm for aviation in people of all ages through its interactive aviation exhibits, archives, group tours, community presentations, and free aviation-focused STEM outreach programs for New Hampshire schools.
We look to celebrate past aviation achievements, and also to light the spark and inspire young people to be tomorrow's aerospace achievers.
Our calendar of activities includes regular educational lecture programs on aviation topics of interest; screening of movies with aviation-related themes; children's events; and seminars and symposiums offered to the professional aviation community. In addition, we maintain and make available to researchers an archive collection of aviation books, memorabilia, and historical artifacts.
Beyond the museum's walls, we run a robust education outreach program designed to augment existing STEM-based curriculum in local schools, with an emphasis on students Grades 5-12. In recent years, we have presented aviation educational programs to more than 1,000 middle school students.
Most recently, we have partnered with the Manchester (N.H.) School of Technology to create a program in which high schools students are building actual airplanes. With the help of Tango Flight, a Texas-based educational non-profit, a team of experienced mentors from the Aviation Museum's volunteer community is guiding students in the construction of a two-seat Van's Aircraft RV-12iS light sport aircraft. The program is designed to be self-sustaining: after completion and testing, the finished aircraft will be sold, with proceeds going towards the building of another aircraft.
Become a member and support our activities year-round. For more information, visit our membership page online.
We welcome interest from volunteers of all backgrounds and experience. (The only requirement is that when you hear something in the sky, you look up!) For more information on volunteering, contact Jeff Rapsis, executive director, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (603) 669-4820.