About Us

Preserve, Educate, Inspire

  • Preserve significant artifacts of naval aviation research, development, test and evaluation history and technology
  • Educate the public about the historic and social significance of the work of the U.S. Navy that is uniquely carried out in St. Mary’s County

  • Inspire and encourage excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and embrace its future promise as a pathway to advanced innovations and an improved quality of life.

  • Preserve significant artifacts of naval aviation research, development, test and evaluation history and technology
  • Educate the public about the historic and social significance of the work of the U.S. Navy that is uniquely carried out in St. Mary’s County

  • Inspire and encourage excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and embrace its future promise as a pathway to advanced innovations and an improved quality of life.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) has a decades-long history, yet at the same time, the Museum is starting afresh. It is no longer an official U.S. Navy museum following federal budget restructuring. The Museum is now a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working in conjunction with St Mary’s County. With the recently completed construction of a multi-million dollar capital project that transformed the Museum, it is now displaying the potential to become a premier cultural institution and economic driver for the County.

Enjoying a supportive community that recognizes the Museum as the link between the U.S. Navy’s missions at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Pax River) and the community defined by that mission, it sits in an enviable location with an inspiring story perfectly suited to the technological preoccupations of our era.

When compared to other aviation-focused museums, PRNAM is unique in terms of its collections and mission. Whereas most aviation museums focus on operational aircraft and exhibits, PRNAM focuses on the research, development, test and evaluation environment. Ideas and concepts that were developed and introduced to the Fleet form the basis of its interpretive program. PRNAM also displays concepts that never made it to the Fleet that makes the Museum’s collection all the more unique. Artifacts and simulators, films and books spanning the history of Naval Aviation are topped off with a display of over 22 one-of-a-kind aircraft that you can walk right up to make the Museum dynamic and memorable.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) has a decades-long history, yet at the same time, the Museum is starting afresh. It is no longer an official U.S. Navy museum following federal budget restructuring. The Museum is now a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working in conjunction with St Mary’s County. With the recently completed construction of a multi-million dollar capital project that transformed the Museum, it is now displaying the potential to become a premier cultural institution and economic driver for the County.

Enjoying a supportive community that recognizes the Museum as the link between the U.S. Navy’s missions at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Pax River) and the community defined by that mission, it sits in an enviable location with an inspiring story perfectly suited to the technological preoccupations of our era.

When compared to other aviation-focused museums, PRNAM is unique in terms of its collections and mission. Whereas most aviation museums focus on operational aircraft and exhibits, PRNAM focuses on the research, development, test and evaluation environment. Ideas and concepts that were developed and introduced to the Fleet form the basis of its interpretive program. PRNAM also displays concepts that never made it to the Fleet that makes the Museum’s collection all the more unique. Artifacts and simulators, films and books spanning the history of Naval Aviation are topped off with a display of over 22 one-of-a-kind aircraft that you can walk right up to make the Museum dynamic and memorable.

Meet The Staff

Vacant

Executive Director

Brandi Blake

Museum Store Manager

Hillary Garrison

Admissions and Membership Coordinator

Melanie Fitzgerrel

Museum Administrator

Elizabeth Crandall

Communication and Digital Media

Ashley Spalding

Communication and Outreach

Bailey Rios

Exhibits and Program Coordinator

Meet The Board

George Hill

President

Chad Miller

Vice President

Tim Estevez

Secretary

Regina Faden

Strategic Advisor

Steve Facini

Treasurer

Matthew Ayre
Mary-Ann Bruton
Peter Friesen
Vatanna Gaines
Clark Jones
Lloyd Montgomery
Joseph Nevis
John Walters
Mark Wilkins

Volunteering Opportunities

Are you looking for a fun way to spend some of your free time? We can use your help! The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum depends primarily on volunteers to operate since it receives no government funding for its operations.

The museum has a number of volunteer teams that help support its operations and work in close coordination with each other to directly support the ‘visitor experience’ aspects of our museum operations. There are many opportunities to volunteer on any or several of these teams. Here’s a brief description from each team about what they do

The PRNAM’s Docent Cadre is designed to enhance our visitors’ experience by providing cheerful on-site exhibit information, tours, and discussions about our indoor (gallery) and outdoor (flight line) venues. We operate with a two-man crew during the museum’s normal operating hours and “plus up” for special events and other high volume activities throughout the year. The Cadre also hosts a youth docent program for students that are rising 9th graders and up who participate along with us on non-school days.   ‎As our visitor count continues to grow, so do our manpower requirements for the Cadre.  Both researchers and additional guides are currently needed. Enthusiasm is the only prerequisite. Backgrounds in any and all aspects of Naval and other military aviation and engineering are a plus…..come fly with us!!!

The Flight Line provides maintenance on all the aircraft that are displayed in the museum – an ongoing process. We welcome volunteers with the following skills;

  • Plane Captain on any type/model/series aircraft
  • Aircraft Electrician
  • Aviation Hydraulics person
  • Aviation Metalsmith person
  • Aircraft surface preparation and painter
  • Aviation Ordnance
  • Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge to other types of aircraft. 

The video production team needs help with the following: video editing, script writing, narrating, sign language skills, and someone who can speak different languages.  Work is primarily done during on weekdays.

The Exhibit team – members design and develop new and upgraded interpretative exhibits and displays that form the basis of the museum and bring our unique local naval aviation history and achievements to life.

The Collections Management team members support the operational aspects of the museum research library, historical archives, and artifacts in our museum collection that directly support the exhibit development process. We are currently working on entering all the museum artifacts in our collection and the books in our library into a database and organizing those items not on display in our collections facility.  It’s “behind the scenes” work – organizing and data entry.

The Information Technology team – members specify, design and maintain the electronic systems that control the exhibit displays, computers, audio information systems, and video displays located throughout the museum complex.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Flight Simulator Team is made up of instructors who operate the museum’s two vintage F-14 TOMCAT Pilot Trainer cockpits. The museum’s interactive simulator program is extremely popular with adults and particularly the youth visitors.   Two to three instructors are present each day guiding museum customers to select an airplane type to fly, familiarize them with the cockpit operation, and giving instructions on how to fly an airplane.    The Team hosts a very popular youth program for students who are aged 13 years to become a simulator operator and instructor.   Prior experience is not required as the Team will provide the needed training.   Additional adults and youth are needed to maintain the program.   Persons who join the team usually have an interest in aviation, are former or current aviators, enjoy playing with simulators at home, curious on how simulators work, or interested in science technology engineering or math.   Come by the museum and enjoy a ride!

We could also use additional help with social media, event planning, grant writing, public relations and children’s programs. 

No particular experience is necessary for many of these teams however enthusiasm is a MUST!

There are many opportunities to help the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum continue to be a major destination for visitors to St Mary’s County. Contact us for more information or to fill out an application.

volunteers@paxmuseum.org

301-863-1900 x 2