Lives of Consequence

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park exists at the heart of one of the world’s most significant, globally impactful stories: the discovery of the secrets of controllable flight. Through perseverance and determination the Wright brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar were able to overcome obstacles in their lives and leave their respective marks on history.

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Watch and listen to Ranger Bob Petersen as he explains how the Wright brothers' work in their 4th bicycle shop, now part of the park, cemented the site's legacy as the birthplace of aviation.

An artistic design featuring Paul Laurence Dunbar's portrait, pen, and books.

150 years of Paul Laurence Dunbar

June 27, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar's birth. Join us in celebrating his life and legacy!

A replica Wright brothers plane flies low to the ground with trees in the background

Park Information

Before you leave your house, let us help you make your plans for your visit. Information on park hours and events can also be found here.

A set of front doors surrounded by glass and a red brick facade.

Hours of Operation

Wondering if the visitor centers are open today? Check the park's seasonal hours of operation to help plan your visit to the sites.

An image of the Wright brothers getting their flyer out of the hangar

Park Film: On Great White Wings

The epic Wright brothers tale is told in a riveting feature short park film.

A picture of a Wright brothers plane on the Jr. Ranger logo background

Become a Junior Ranger

Opportunities for kids to earn their very own Junior Ranger badge exist at both visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

Visitors in a field during a park event

Directions

Let us help you get to the park with directions to the park's visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and NPS Law Enforcement badge

Laws & Policies

Important information about the laws and policies pertaining to firearms and concealed carry in the park units.

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Volunteers In Parks

Looking for a rewarding and memorable experience? Become a Volunteer In Park (VIP) and help us fulfill our mission.

Last updated: April 27, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

16 South Williams Street
Dayton , OH 45402

Phone:

937 225-7705

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