Plan Your Visit
What should I wear?
The Museum is housed in a 1929 hangar on Avenger Field, the training base of the WASP. Just as it was for the WASP from 1942 – 44, the hangar is not heated or air-conditioned; therefore, guests are encouraged to dress according to weather conditions.
How much time should I budget to spend at the Museum?
Our visitors typically spend one – three hours in the Museum.
What will I see at the Museum?
The Museum campus is located on Avenger Field which consists of 15 acres of land backing up to the Sweetwater Airport. Two hangars, a 1929 original and its replica, are located on the property just across the plaza from each other. Exhibits and aircraft are displayed in the original hangar. The replica was built in 2017 and is the future home of all new exhibits and displays. Currently, it’s used to showcase our airworthy Boeing Stearman PT-17 and Cessna UC-78, and is used for Museum and private events.
The Museum includes exhibits depicting WASP leadership, the training experience, and life in Sweetwater. The Fairchild PT-19 and the Vultee BT-13 are also displayed in the hangar when not out flying. A highlight of the Museum is the WASP in the Spotlight exhibit series. Changing quarterly, this exhibit displays collections of individual WASP. Collections vary in size and scope, but all highlight their WASP and post life experiences.
Guests are encouraged to visit the Wishing Well, an original structure, located between Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and the Sweetwater Airport. This well became the focus of a pilot training tradition. When a pilot completed her first solo flight, cohorts would toss her in as rite of passage.
For a docent-led tour, please call ahead to make arrangements, 325.235.0099.
The Museum does not have a café, but we are happy to provide a bottle of cold water or a cup of hot coffee. Hungry visitors can find a good meal at local Sweetwater restaurants just down the road.
Group and School Tours
Groups of all sizes are welcomed and admitted free of charge during Museum hours. Please call in advance to reserve a docent-led tour; call Carol at 325.235.0099.
After-hours tours are available with advance notice and a charge of $5 per person.
Dress comfortably, according to weather conditions as the Museum hangar is not heated or air-conditioned.