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ESAM believes that aviation and education are - and should be - fun for all ages!

From the moment students arrive, they will be on a site that is steeped in aviation history. Groups on a tight time schedule may opt for just a guided tour, while those with a little more time may pair their tour with a fun and exciting educational program and/or rocket building class. Whichever you choose, students, as well as adults, will leave with a deeper appreciation of aviation's impact on society and of the importance of math, history, science, and art as tools needed for their future. Groups tours are guided by our wonderful tour guides, and include the opportunity to hop into selected aircraft at the museum, experience hands-on inter-active exhibits, and enjoy a wild ride in our Simulated Reality Vehicle.

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Our educators provide a variety of interactive programs designed to engage students and inspire learning. We offer both on- and off-site programs, and can adjust or create a curriculum to suit your group's specific needs. Below is a sampling of our standard program offerings. Please contact the museum office at or 518-377-2191 Ext. 10 for additional information or to schedule your visit.

PRICING:   Docent Led Tour (1-1/2 hrs.) - 10 person minimum - includes SRV Ride - $10.00 per child

                     Docent Led Tour (2 hrs.) - 10 Person Minimum - includes SRV Ride + Activity (shown below in blue boxes) -  $15.00 per child

                   Teachers and Chaperones are Free -  Approx. 1 chaperone per 8 children

                   A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book and hold your date.

Make and launch your very own rocket right here at ESAM! 

Learn the basics of powered flight and board one of our historic Aircraft!

Let us help you trace the evolution of aircraft from the Wright Brothers to modern day Aircraft.

Get a chance to experience simulated flight with one of our talented volunteers!

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ON A VISIT TO ESAM:  Two Galleries, a Gift Shop, Interactive Exhibits, our Air Park, and a Program of your choice( if applicable) 

Exhibits at ESAM present aviation history from the pioneer era to the jet age, with a focus on New York State -- plus interactive displays, including:
     - Dioramas and models depicting the evolution of aviation

     - A replica World War I Nieuport 17 and aerodrome exhibit
     - Hot Air Balloon exhibit 
     - An original 1896 Chanute Glider 
     - Women aviators exhibit and a replica of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra
     - An original 1910 Curtiss Pusher  
     - 1922 DePishoff French "Flying Motorcycle" (replica) 
     - Award winning 1/2 scale Curtiss JN-4 Jenny 
     - 32' model of the Akagi, a Japanese aircraft carrier used in the film "Tora, Tora, Tora" 
     - An exhibit of the USAF 109th Airlift Wing, including Antarctic climate research 
     - A spectacular inter-active exhibit of lunar rover

     - An inter-active exhibit interpreting General Electric’s former Malta Rocket Test Center

An Air Park featuring twenty restored military aircraft including an F-14 Tomcat, an F-5 Tiger  aggressor fighter used in the movie Top Gun, an A-6 Intruder, three Soviet MiG fighters, a UH-1 Huey helicopter and much. much more!


Advance reservations are required - Call (518) 377-2191
or e-mail


Catapult Stick Rockets

Along with a guided tour of the the galleries and Airpark and a SRV ride, each student gets the opportunity to create their very own stick rocket. Students sand, cut fins and add decals to his or her own model rocket, then launches it outside on a giant slingshot.

Ideal for Grade 3 and Up

Approx. 1 Hr run time, weather permitting 


Forces of Flight

A hands-on program which explains the basics of powered flight, including boarding one or more aircraft.

Ideal for 4th grade and Up 

Approx. 1 Hr run time


History of Aviation

Along with a guided tour of the the galleries and Airpark and an SRV ride, each student gets the opportunity to trace the evolution of aircraft from the Wright brothers to the present.

Tailored to the audience 

Approx. 1 Hr run time


Flight Simulators

Along with a guided tour of the the galleries, Airpark and an SRV ride, the museum offers instructional sessions with flight simulators, where folks experience the various aspects of flight, including take-off, landing, and in-flight maneuvering.  Simulator sessions can take place at the museum or as part of an outreach event. 

Ideal for 8yr olds and Up

Run time greatly varies with number of students

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