Hickory – The State of North Carolina has now moved into COVID Phase 2.5 which allows museums to open with restrictions. The Hickory Aviation Museum has re-opened but with only the ramp and aircraft being accessible to visitors. The museum inside the Hickory Regional Airport terminal building will remain closed. The P-3C Orion aircraft will also remain closed. All staff and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe six feet for distancing. There will be NO exceptions, we care about our guests’ health as well as our all-volunteer staff.

Our visitors can enter the ramp through the parking lot at the far end of the terminal building through the gate under the P-3C Orion. The Crosswinds Cafe inside the terminal is open for business for lunch and we do have two picnic tables available next to the ramp entrance available. The museum will not be accepting tour groups at this time. Our hours remain the same: Closed Monday, open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Many people have not seen our newest addition, the Bell AH-1W SuperCobra gunship that arrived just before the shutdown earlier this year. Our F-4 Phantom is currently undergoing restoration and is not available for viewing.