The Yankee Air Museum (YAM) is opening its doors to all Farmington and Farmington Hills residents, with free admission during the month of July.
Farmington and Farmington Hills residents need only to show their valid driver license or State of Michigan identification to gain free entry to the museum, located at the historic Willow Run Airport, 47884 D Street, Belleville, Michigan.
“Yankee Air Museum is kicking off its Michigan Neighbors initiative recognizing we have had tremendous community support over the years, especially since the disastrous fire of 2004,” Kevin Walsh, Executive Director, said in a press release. “Our exhibit gallery is bigger, better than ever. We’re brimming with artifacts, displays and cool planes. Kids love our Fly Zone activities and flight simulators.”
The Museum recently participated in the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market’s observance of Armed Forces Day, and Walsh said the outstanding reception prompted this recognition of the community.
“With schools heading into summer recess, what better time for families to head to Yankee Air Museum and see real airplanes, up close,” he said. “Our docents are looking forward to a great turnout and guiding the kids to flying unmanned aerial vehicles and interactive computer activities.”
Walsh added that adults also enjoy learning more about their local aviation history, especially related to the World War II era. The Museum’s displays, movies, and artifacts about the mass production of B-24 Liberator Bombers is a tribute to innovation as well as women in the industrial workforce.
“In the months ahead, we’ll be recognizing other area Michigan Neighbors, but for now, we want the people of Farmington and Farmington Hills to take a 30- to 45-minute ride and discover a cool Museum with national historical significance,” Walsh said.
Farmington/Farmington Hills Free Admission Month begins on July 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. and runs through July 31. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, from noon until 5 p.m. Farmington/Farmington Hills Free Admission Month includes only admission to the Musem. Special offsite Yankee Air Museum events are excluded. For more information, call 734-483- 4030 or visit yankeeairmuseum.org.