I cannot believe I have lived in Riverside my entire life and I have never taken the time to go into the March Field Air Museum. I have driven by it hundreds, maybe even thousands of times and honestly thought I had seen it all already. You can see almost 70 airplanes around a large hanger when you drive by, so what else is there to see? Well I’m here to tell you that I have been wrong the entire time. March Field Air Museum is a aviators dream with over 30,000 artifacts and over 70 different planes.
The museum opened in 1979 but quickly out grew its original building and was moved to another building on base. In 1993 the museum was moved once again to its current location which consists of 3 hangars located next to the 215 freeway and Van Buren Blvd. It is a non-profit institution and privately owned.
When you enter the museum you are greeted by courteous and friendly volunteers, most who are veterans themselves. They are positioned throughout the museum to answer any questions you may have and are very knowledgeable of aviation and MAFB history. Your eyes will not know where to look because of all the beautifully designed exhibits featuring items from WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Korea, Cold War and More. Each exhibit features a wonderfully written information placard telling the history of each piece. There are plenty of interactive exhibits as well, one being a flight simulator.
After absorbing all of the amazing history featured inside, head on out to the walking paths that surround air planes from all era’s. See bombers, fighter jets, prop planes and cargo planes. They also feature a replica of a Vietnam base camp that you can walk through.
After your stroll through time, stop by the gift store where you can find a unique souvenir to take home and remember your time spent at the March Field Air Museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9-4 and closed on certain holidays. Admission is only 10$ for anyone older than 12, 5$ for 5-11 y/o and free for veterans, active duty and kids under 4. Check out their website for any upcoming events. http://www.marchfield.org/