The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos has seen over one million visitors since opening in 1998. With over 50 aircraft on display and numerous program offerings for all ages, the museum is an inspiring destination for Bay Area residents and a rich asset to the K-12 education community. The mission of the museum is to use aviation as a gateway for people to embrace adventure and innovation while using tools of science to explore how the physical world works and how the dream of flight is made into reality. Today, the museum enjoys positive trends in attendance, programmatic development and fiscal performance guided by an enthusiastic Board and staff who share a bright vision for the future.
A focus on new, immersive programs has helped generate a 60% increase in general visitation in recent years along with expansion of the museum's K-12 educational programs and camps. As a result, the museum is recognized as a key learning resource and cultural destination for visitors throughout the Bay Area. This community engagement has translated to financial success and stability with earned income from attendance, educational program fees, events, facility rentals and retail sales accounting for more than 70% of total income with the remainder generated from contributions by individuals, corporations, foundations and endowment.