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

Scott F. Gray, Ed.D

Executive Director

Geneva Blackmer

Museum Specialist

Ashley Spalding

Events & External Communications Manager

Hillary Garrison

Admissions and Membership Coordinator

Brandi Blake

Museum Store Manager

Elizabeth Crandall

Communication and Digital Media

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