Today’s March Field Air Museum began in 1979, when the first display of artifacts was opened to the public at then-March Air Force Base. That same year, the nonprofit March Air Museum Foundation was established to provide a means for channeling private support to the museum, which at the time was recognized as an official U.S. Air Force museum. In 1993 the museum moved to its current site alongside Interstate Highway 215.


In 1996, as the U.S. realigned its military bases and March became an Air Reserve Base, responsibility for ownership, management and operation of the museum was turned over to the March Field Museum Foundation. In the years since, the museum has added buildings, collections, and staff members, and worked hard to appeal to a diverse audience of families, veterans, and military/aviation enthusiasts.


The March Field Air Museum today displays one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the West Coast. Staffed by volunteers and full and part time employees, the museum strives to be a positive participant in its community. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the March Field Air Museum is proud to be ranked as the #1 Attraction in Riverside by TripAdvisor.


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