Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River

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The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is located in Hood River, Oregon, United States, adjacent to the Ken Jernstedt Memorial Airport. WAAAM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the preservation of, and education about aviation, automobile, and other historic transportation-related relics.

WAAAM is open to the public every day 9:00-5:00 except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. WAAAM has special activities the second Saturday of every month. The museum features flying demonstrations, auto demonstrations, and restoration demonstrations, though events vary month to month. The museum's biggest event is the annual Hood River Fly-In held the first weekend after Labor Day every year, and features antique aircraft and automobiles from throughout North America.

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  • I first heard of WAAAM years ago, shortly after they opened. At first I thought "An antique airplane and car museum in Hood River? How good could that be?" I have come to rue those thoughts. If...  more »
  • Really enjoyed all of the planes and cars of the past! Well run museum with super helpful volunteers. A must see for Hood River Visitors!!  more »
  • I love Aircraft and old cars and trucks ! This place is great ! Due to the COVID-19 you had to wear the mask but once inside you are treated to some wonderful planes and autos. This place is HUGE...  more »
  • This place is amazing. Hundreds of antique airplanes and cars. And they actually fly the planes! How many museum do that? Awesome staff full of knowledge. Nothing bad to say about this place at all. 5 stars.
  • This place is fantastic for exploring the history of America’s automotive and aviation history. There is 2 hangars full of old planes and cars, mostly all of them run or fly. Amazing experience, worth every penny to see these amazing cars and planes. There are also many volunteers that would be happy to tell you about any history you’re interested in.
  • What a great museum in the gorge! This place is good for people of all ages a must see! There are so many cars an planes I’m going to need to go again just to be able to see everything and I spent almost 2 hours there the first time. If your coming to Hood River for anything you should come and see this place.
  • The airplane museum in Hood River was immaculate! All maintained by volunteers, planes, cars, the first of many series old Panel trucks, Bakery trucks, first Harley motorcycles, bicycles , things dating back 1800! So many videos in various places explaining items being displayed three huge airplane hangars full. Military uniforms, Vehicles, Jeeps, gunnery just amazing!
  • This place has a barn find everything and the kitchen sink sort of approach, but for the most part it works well. Besides vintage airplanes mostly from the 1920s to the 1940s there is a good amount of cars from the early 1900s to the 1970s, there is also a fair amount of related memorabilia and general old curiosities. A large majority of the exhibits are in working order and are flown and driven regularly. Took a good couple of hrs walking around and seeing most everything. If I had one or two criticisms it would be that a lack of relevant information for each exhibit, many had plaques with name and date, but very few had any extra info about the cars or planes. The ones that did greatly benefited from it. The other is the nature of the building, it's extremely dimly lit, many times I wished there was better lighting trying to see details or take a picture. Other than that I enjoyed my 2 or 3 hrs I spent there and would like to come back when they're doing rides in airplanes and the cars.

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