Visit

OPEN:

Tuesday to Saturday 

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CLOSED:

Sunday & Monday

2024 Holiday Closures

  • Memorial Day, May 27
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, September 2
  • Thanksgiving, November 28 – 29
  • Christmas, December 24 – 25
  • New Year’s, January 1
**TAX IS ADDITIONAL TO ADMISSION PRICES**

Last entry into the Museum: 4:00 PM daily

Please consider a donation to help further our efforts in providing a memorable experience!

Special Events

Occasionally, the WASP Museum will have different operating hours to accommodate special events hosted at the Museum. 

Please call the Museum or check our social media and events page for updated closure information to ensure we will be open when you visit.

Located at 210 Avenger Field Rd. Sweetwater, Texas 79556

Our Archival Team’s and Executive Director’s regular working hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  If you wish to meet with a team member during the week or make a special Saturday appointment, please email archive@waspmuseum.org or call 325-235-0099.

To schedule a student or adult group tour, please complete the appropriate online form below.  After your form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email or phone call within 48 hours. 

Educational Tours: Suitable for school groups, homeschool co-ops, or clubs in grades 2-12, our educational tours include interactive exhibits led by volunteers and Museum staff.  Minimum of 10 students is required with a maximum of 60 students.  Advance registration is required. Your organization must provide one active and engaged adult per 10 students. Any additional adults attending required to pay admission charge.

Guided Tours: Suitable for groups of 10-40 participants.  Tours Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm are free (this does not include admission into the museum).  Evening tours and tours on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays are available for an additional fee of $5 per person.  The admission fee is still required for entry.  Advance registration is required.

  • Food & Drink: Please finish any food or drink before entering the Museum.  Resealable water bottles are permitted.
  • Animals: Service animals are welcome in the Museum.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  Pets are not permitted.
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited inside the WASP Museum and within 25 feet of any entrance.
  • Parking: RV parking is available on the east side of Hangar 1.  Buses and large vans may temporarily park in the circle for loading/unloading only.  Please do not park in the Nolan County Sherriff’s Office parking lot across the street.
  • Photography: The WASP Museum permits still photography for noncommercial use unless authorized.  The WASP Museum will photograph and film on the premises for our records and publicity purposes.  By entering this premises, you consent to being filmed unless expressly revoked.
  • Shirts & Shoes required for entry.

The Museum campus is located on Avenger Field which consists of 15 acres of land backing up to the Sweetwater Airport. Two hangars, a 1929 original, known as Hangar 2, and a replica of Hangar 1, used by the WASP at Avenger Field, are located on the property.

Hangar 1 holds exhibits depicting WASP leadership, the training experience, and life in Sweetwater. Additionally, it educates the visitor on duty base assignments, deactivation, fight for the veteran’s status and Legacy Pilots from the 1970s – today.  A highlight of the Museum is the WASP in the Spotlight exhibit series. Changing quarterly, this exhibit displays collections of individual WASP. Collections vary in size and scope, but all highlight their WASP and post service experiences.  Learn more about current collections here.

Hangar 2 – As of October 2023, the Museum has installed all-new interactive exhibits in our historic Hangar 2.  Highlights include a new film, a virtual WASP trainee named Betty, and a WASP database where visitors can find biographies of individual WASP and their instructors.  A new AT-6 is housed here, too, making our fleet of training aircraft complete.  This hangar houses one of only five flying UC-78 Bobcat in North America, a BT-13 Vultee, and a PT-17 Stearman. Visit the hangar to talk with Betty, learn more about the rigors of pilot training and earn your silver wings.  Check out our pictures of this space on our Expansion page.

Guests are encouraged to visit the Wishing Well, an original structure, located between Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and the Sweetwater Airport, approximately one mile from the museum campus. This well became the focus of a pilot training tradition. When a pilot completed her first solo flight, cohorts would toss her in as a rite of passage.

If you stand at the flag poles overlooking Avenger Field, there are fifteen WASP ashes spread out on the old runway that was used during the WASP training in 1942-1944.  These WASP chose to return to Avenger Field as their final resting place.  On the concrete ring bordering around the flag poles, there are nameplates of the thirteen WASP.

WASP Families: If you wish to have your WASP ashes spread on the grounds of Avenger Field, please contact lisataylor@waspmuseum.org.

Symbols of the WASP

Fifinella

Why is this Tinkerbell-like creature often seen hanging around the WASP? Brought to life by author Roald Dahl and drawn by Walt Disney, Fifinella became the official mascot of the WASP. She flew with the WASP on their jackets in the form of patches and has even flown in combat with today’s female Air Force Pilots.