Plan A Field Trip
National Park Service
Making the Most of Your Visit
First your school group will need to make a reservation prior to your visit.
Our park offers two locations to visit: the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center.
Beginning Sunday, November 3rd, park facilities at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Our new winter hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will resume 7-day operations on March 1, 2014.
All programs are free.
To schedule a reservation for your school group via email click here or call us at
An Interpretive Center (or Visitor Center) is a place where original objects are collected, displayed and preserved (or cared for) so that the public can enjoy them and learn from them.
At the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, you will learn about three prominent Daytonians: Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, their accomplishments, and their legacies. At this location, visitors will walk through an original print shop and bicycle shop in which the Wright brothers worked. Interactive exhibits will explain the methods the Wright brothers used in order to invent the first airplane. Visitors can also listen to Dunbar poems, view family portraits, and investigate historical documents.
Be curious. Here is a chance to discover and explore things you can not see anywhere else. You will be explorers and detectives, using your eyes, minds and imagination to learn about the past from our skilled staff.
The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is located at 16 South Williams Street (corner of West Third and South Williams).
Did You Know?
The Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio, was purchased by Paul for his mother in 1903. On July 23, 1936, the Dunbar House became the first state memorial to honor an African American.