National Museum Of The Mighty Eighth Air Force

Open daily. Adult admission $12. No pets.

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See also: overview of museums in Savannah

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located around 10 miles from Savannah, in the city of Pooler. This military museum explores the history of the largest deployed air force in the American army. A visit will take around two hours.

The “Mighty Eighth” Air Force is chiefly remembered for its substantial contribution during World War II. The Eighth Air Force was created in 1944 out of the former VIII Bomber, Fighter and Air Support Commands. For the remainder of World War II, the Eighth Air Force provided vital bombing and air combat services in the European Theater of the war, operating out of a British air base against enemy targets in north-east Europe.

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What To See & Do

Exhibits & films Several exhibits – on Post World War I Germany, the Battle of Britain, and the Pearl Harbor attack – are focused on the events preceding the US’s entry into WWII. Other exhibits provide further context about World War II, the Eighth Air Force and the men who served in it, along with information about the African-American Tuskegee Airmen; the “Fly Girls” (women pilots for the US Airforce); and the role of the Eighth Air Force through to the present day.

Other exhibits, some interactive, recreate aspects of the experience of being in the Air Force, including the British Molesworth Airfield, at which members of the force were based; flying bombing missions; and landings in enemy territory.

Aircraft Several historic military aircraft are displayed at the museum. Near the parking lot are an F-4C Phantom and a Russian-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17A; in the memorial gardens in the rear of the museum is a B-47 Stratojet. Inside are B-17 Flying Fortress, the “City of Savannah,” and a Boeing-Stearman PT Kaydet, along with models of other military planes and vehicles.

Aviation art The museum displays a collection of several dozen aviation-related paintings by international artists.

Memorial garden A garden, memorials and reflective pool to the rear of the museum, commemorate the servicepeople of the Eighth Air Force. The Chapel of the Fallen Eagles, to the north of the garden, provides another space for reflection. Stained glass windows depicting military scenes are an interesting feature of the chapel.

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Visitor Information

The following is correct at the time of writing. Please verify details before planning your trip. For additional information call 912-748-8888 or visit the official website.

Opening hours Open daily, 9am-5pm.

Admission Adults $12, retired military/seniors (60+) $11, children (6-12)/active duty military $8, young children (0-5)/WWII veterans free.

Pets Service animals only; dogs and other pets are not allowed at the museum.

Refreshments Traditional English pub with restaurant, Miss Sophie’s Marketplace, open Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm.

Getting There

Address 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322
GPS coordinates N 32.115293, W -081.235556

The museum is located in Pooler, roughly 11 miles west of downtown Savannah. See on map

Driving Driving will usually be the easiest way to get to the museum. Parking is available on site. Get directions

Approximate distances and driving times, each way (assuming that traffic is not heavy), are as follows:
From downtown Savannah: 11 miles, 20-30 minutes.
From airport hotels: 5-10 miles, 10-20 minutes.
From Midtown hotels: 16 miles, 30-35 minutes.
From Tybee Island: 30 miles, 50-60 minutes.

Taxi The fare from downtown Savannah will be around $25-$35 each way (including tip). From Midtown hotels, expect to pay around $35-$40, and from hotels in the vicinity of the airport, around $10-$20 depending on location.

Public transport It is not currently possible to get to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force by public transportation.