Multiple airplanes on display at Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, FL

Florida Air Museum

Enjoy historic and informative displays, along with interactive learning stations and simulators for all ages.

Florida Air Museum, Florida’s official aviation museum and education center, features a dynamic display of unique designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques, and warbirds. This Lakeland museum is more than a collection of airplanes, it stands as a tribute to the history and joy of flight. Exhibits educate about pioneers like Howard Hughes, early air racers, and Floridians and others who have influenced the world of aviation.

The Museum offers a variety of year-round educational experiences for all ages including camps, tours, workshops, and speaker presentations. The Museum continues to grow and meet the challenge of displaying aviation history through exhibits, restoration and preservation, education and outreach, and sharing a passion for flight with visitors of all ages.

Highlighted Exhibits

Howard Hughes

The Florida Air Museum is home to the personal aviation collection of Howard R. Hughes. Museum visitors will see unique artifacts that include Mr. Hughes’ flight suit and an oxygen mask carried on his round the world flight.

Naval Aircraft

The Museum’s collection of military, commercial, and experimental aircraft is diverse. Must-sees include the Convair F2Y Sea Dart, F-14 Tomcat, and a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer.

Innovations in Propulsion

This exhibit displays a collection of engines representing innovations in propulsion that have occurred across the last century. Can’t miss artifacts include the interactive Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major and the intricate Ion Engine utilized by spacecraft exploring deep space. You’ll discover how the realm of flight took to the skies higher, faster, and more efficiently than even Da Vinci could have imagined.

Visit the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland to see the museum’s nine exhibits.


Planes lined up at the annual SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, FL

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is one of the world's largest annual aviation events. This annual, week-long fly-in and airshow…

See Details
gallery area inside Bartow Airbase History Museum

Bartow Airbase History Museum

Visit Bartow Airbase Museum top see memorabilia from WWII when this complex was the Bartow Army Air Field, and from…

See Details
3 women looking at citrus themed Polk County exhibits inside Polk County History Center in Bartow, FL

Polk County History Center

Housed in a 1908 courthouse, this museum showcases the history of Polk County. Galleries rotate exhibits every two months. Includes…

See Details
water ripples used as email signup background

Subscribe to EMAIL LIST

Join our email list and stay up to date with all the great things happening in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.