On Monday, November 7, 2022, the museum hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. In the past year, one hundred sixty-six volunteers put in thirteen thousand one-hundred and seventy-seven hours. And we know that the number was greater than that because not everyone records hours. We are thankful that Dan Dickey compiled all these hours for us. Those thirteen-thousand hours are sixty-six percent more than the average non-profit organization in the United States. That’s a calculated value of more than four hundred and ten thousand dollars.

In its endeavor to demonstrate appreciation for its volunteers, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum presents four awards for special recognition annually; the Compass Award, the Sextant Award, the Pathfinder Award, and Volunteer of the Year.

The Compass Award is presented by the executive director to the volunteer who has been outstanding in keeping us on track as an organization. The winner of this award was Steve Facini, someone whose efficiency contributes greatly to help keep the museum a well-oiled machine.

The Sextant Award is presented by the president of the board to an individual who has contributed greatly to the museum’s future, one who has the vision to look toward and maybe even beyond the horizon, gauging where we are and where we will need to be. This year’s recipient was Matt Ayre, someone who is constantly showing initiative and whose vision we respect immensely.

The Pathfinder Award is presented to a docent for excellence in the performance of their duties and for advancing the museum's mission (especially educating and inspiring). The Pathfinder Award went to Dave Van Asdlen this year, someone who is always there to lend a helping hand.

Finally, Volunteer of the Year is awarded to an individual who has effectively worked across teams, brought projects to fruition, and been exemplary in advancing the organization’s mission. Dan Dickey, this year’s recipient, has shown meritorious service to the museum and is a model figure of what we look for in a great leader and volunteer.

Our museum would not be able to run without the hardworking individuals who donate their time to us. Executive director, Scott Gray, remarks “we consider their work here to be priceless.”

The museum is happy to be home to a Toys for Tots box this holiday season. Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys and will be accepting donations through December. Our box is located right inside our entrance. For more information on the organization you can visit their official website below.

Toys for Tots

The museum is spreading some holiday cheer this year with a letter writing campaign dedicated to military heroes all around the world! Guests have the opportunity to write a letter and we will take care of the mailing. This is a great way to spread some holiday cheer! The table will be set up until December 4th. Make sure you come in soon so you can help make a soldier’s day.

Join us on Saturday, December 17, in celebrating the holiday season. There will be festive arts & crafts, the Sweet Tooth Funnel Cakes food truck, refreshments, along with so much more. Guests can also look forward to a special appearance from Santa between 1 pm and 3 pm. Don't miss out on the holiday fun!

Even with holidays quickly approaching, it is not too late to book your event in the spaces that serve all your festive needs. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is a unique environment that will give your holiday party a one of a kind feel that is sure to create fond memories that your family, staff, and team members will carry for years to come!

Whether you are a team of 10 or a larger office we have the space to meet your needs. Our museum provides competitive prices you just can’t beat, starting as low as $100.

Additionally, renters are supplied with the required number of chairs, round tables, and rectangular tables needed for their event. You can bring outside food, drinks*, as well as decorations.

Our staff is always readily present to accommodate any needs that may arise and when given enough notice guests can arrange to have our authentic flight simulators available for their event at an additional cost. Get our simulators holiday party and set it apart from all others.

You won’t find another venue like ours in Southern Maryland so be sure to book your holiday party as soon as possible before availability ends!

For inquiries regarding event rentals please reach out to me at with details about your party and I’ll get back to you right away.


Ashley Spalding

Event Coordinator


*The county imposes special regulations on alcohol service*

The Operations Team is responsible for a range of building maintenance, landscaping, and logistical activities.

  • Conduct small-scale maintenance of building and grounds that is not handled by the county

  • Undertake landscaping activities, including weeding and trimming, fertilizing, spraying, seasonal plantings

  • Monitor grounds, clean and repair as necessary, ensure cleanliness

  • Install and replace insect traps throughout the facility

  • Assist with moving equipment, supplies, and materials throughout the facility

  • Under supervision of the Collections Management Team, clean aircraft on display inside the buildings

  • Provide assistance and logistical support to the Flightline Maintenance Team

  • Work with administrative coordinator to report maintenance issues to the county

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our operations team, please contact us at

Are you a member of the museum? Members enjoy 10% off their purchase in the gift shop, gain free admission into the museum for a year, and get a free simulator ride*! Members should also lookout for upcoming member-only events. Sign up at the admissions desk or on our website linked below.

*Number of free rides is determined based on membership level. Individual memberships get 1 free ride, family memberships get 2 free rides, and lifetime memberships get unlimited free rides.

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