Moffett museum

The Moffett museum sits under the shell of Hangar One. 

The Moffett Historical Society and Museum is reopening for the first time since the pandemic closed museums throughout the country in March 2020.

Members and guests have been phoning the museum during the 15-month hiatus, asking when the facility would be reopening, according to museum reps. They now have an answer: Reopening is set for 10 a.m. today.

Patrons must show their driver’s license at the gate for entrance to Moffett Federal Airfield. The Moffett museum is located near the southwest corner of the landmark Hangar One.

The museum will follow county and state guidelines for protecting the health of volunteers and visitors. That means all docents at the museum will wear masks, and guests should plan to wear them as well.

“We will wait for new guidelines from the state before we make any decisions about dropping the masks,” said museum executive director Herb Parsons.

The museum, which sits on property leased by NASA, also will follow NASA protocols for health and safety.

The museum commemorates the long and storied military history of Moffett Field, which over the years has served as a Naval Air Station and, during World War II, as an Army Air Corps training center. Many of the docents and other volunteers at the museum themselves flew out of Moffett during the days of the P-3 Orion aircraft, which kept track of Russian submarines in the Pacific.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and those with physical challenges, and $3 for teens 13-17. Children 12 and under, active military personnel and Historical Society members and up to four guests are free.

For group tour details, call 964-4024. For more information, visit moffettfieldmuseum.org.