Plum Island Aerodrome (PIA) is the custodial guardian of two museums located on the Plum Island Airfield.
Both the Burgess Museum and the Working Museum were built by 2B2 volunteers who have extensive knowledge, expertise, experience and an unbridled passion for aviation history and vintage aircraft. Lists acknowledging the many volunteers who helped make this a reality are on display at the Burgess Museum.
The Burgess Museum heralds and preserves Plum Island Airfield's rightful place in history. The museum makes this history come alive for today's year-round visitors. The following individuals were the propelling force behind the Burgess Museum:
- Ted Russell: Museum concept and original design; Museum Curator
- Julie Adinolfi : Design of museum space, display cases, and lighting
- Susan Wong: Design of museum space, display cases, and lighting
- Charles Eaton: Museum Curator
The Burgess Museum is located in 2B2's Airport Office Building and Lounge. This museum of history highlights the pioneering role which Plum Island Airport has played in aviation industry. Wall placards chronicle the rich, 100 year history of Plum Island Airport . Airplane models, pilot mannequins, and unique aviation memorabilia are on display in exhibit cases. The Burgess Museum is open year-round for self-guided walk-in tours. Historian led tours are also available and must be scheduled in advance.
The Working Museum is housed in PIA's Hangar #1. Displays of renovated classic aircraft are rotated throughout the year. The Working Museum provides a live observatory for aircraft restoration work currently underway. PIA offers workshops in aircraft restoration within the Working Museum . This hands-on training is completed under the instruction and supervision of authorized museum staff. Restoration workshops must be scheduled in advance with PIA's Fixed Base Operator.
PIA offers educational field trips for public and private schools, youth groups, and community organizations. Field trips can include museum tours, educational presentations, and first hand viewing of real-time restoration work. Educational field trips are customized by the group's sponsor. Field trips must be scheduled in advance. Mothers of Little Farm, Newburyport High School , and Bagnall Elementary School in Groveland , MA are some of the organizations for which PIA has hosted educational tours.
All of PIA's museum facilities and services are available to the flying and non-flying public free of charge.