School Tours

For decades children have been visiting McAllister. Each year hundreds of kids go through the museum. The education program has been an integral part of the Museum since its beginning on General Aviation Day, August 19, 1999.

We wish to acknowledge and give credit to the volunteer School Tour Guides who, in the spirit of community service, make all these activities and resources available.

School Tour Cost:  Docent-guided museum tours for scheduled school groups – $2.00 per person, teachers & chaperons are free.

To request a Docent-guided tour, reservations need to be made ahead of time; please complete the Reservations form and contact us.

Docent Don Rasmussen explains the simulator

School Tour + Classroom Program

A typical school tour program lasts 2 hours.  It consists of classroom activities that usually last approximately 30 minutes on “How an Airplane Flies”, plus several hands-on activities.  These can include:

  • Touring the exhibits, exploring local aviation history
  • Controlled walk on the outside ramp area, along with a close up look at aircraft, the fueling station
  • An explanation of the main features of the airport
  • Watching airplanes take-off, land, and taxi
  • A guided tour of the new hangar
  • Questions, answers and open discussion

School Tour + Classroom Program Cost:  Docent-guided museum tours + Classroom Program for scheduled school groups – $3.00 per person, teachers & chaperons are free.

It may be possible to schedule some time for the children on the Flight Simulator, if approved ahead of time so that a docent can be available. The Simulator is a Yoke and Rudder System with many aircraft types of your choosing to fly with appropriate sound affects.

The Simulator was purchased with a generous donation from Legends Casino.


Many young visitors wish to take home a memento of their visit to McAllister Museum of Aviation. The Museum Gift Shop sells glider kits, Hot Wings airplanes, ball caps, t-shirts and other items that may be of interest to school kids.

Drinks, candy bars and chips are also available for sale and can be consumed at the end of the school tour at the picnic tables outside the museum.

Leaders and children can also make a small donation to support the Museum by dropping coins/bills into the donation boxes located throughout the museum.

See more pictures and prices on our Gift Shop page.