Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum is located in Hood River, Oregon, United States, adjacent to the Ken Jernstedt Memorial Airport. WAAAM is a nonprofit 501 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. As of May 2011, the museum is second-highest rated attraction in Hood River according to Trip Adviser.HistoryThe museum was formed as a 501(c) organization in 2006 by collector Terry Brandt and opened in 2007 in a 95000ft2 building. The museum was started with 42 airplanes donated by Brandt and 20 automobiles. As of September 2010, the museum totaled 75 airplanes and in excess of 100 automobiles. About 55 of the airplanes were still able to fly at that time. In 2009 a second hangar was added to store the collection, and a third was built in 2013. The collection in 2014 totals 275 vehicles.
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  • There are lots of classic planes - WWI and WWII vintage. Plus, a very decent selection of old cars and military equipment. I am not a plane nor vintage car enthusiast, but it was still very interestin...  read more »
  • very interesting place. Beautiful antique cars and planes. Docents were knowledgeable. Different videos you can watch that go along with the vehicles in the area. Even some 1968 cars which are not so ...  read more »
  • Even though this is a bit "pricey" ($12 each for seniors), it is well worth it. We visit every year and they always have some new items. In addition to great old cars and airplanes, they also have ant...  read more »
  • My husband Jim and I discovered WAAAM on a rainy winter day, and we vowed to return for one of their "Second Saturdays" for a ride in an antique car or plane. We made good on our promise to ourselves Saturday, August 11. There were lots of helpful volunteers on hand. We took a spin in a 1931 Model A Ford, and I got to ride in the rumble seat. This is a great place with a lot of helpful people to tell you all about the many cars and airplanes on display there.
  • We came on Valentine's with young kids. They loved looking at all the old planes, and the staff was really helpful and informative. It's a pretty huge space, and holds a lot of antiques. My kids favorite part is a play area set up in the back with planes, helicopters, cars, and submarines the kids can get in and play pretend it. Fun for kids who are just toddling around to seniors.
  • Great place. All items in museum run fly or drive. Easy to spend hours here. Grouped by vintage. Would visit again when the opportunity arises.
  • Attended the Model T class, what an exceptional group of volunteers. Definitely worth the time - was a lot of fun! Great museum as well.
  • This place was well worth the time and money. Lots of planes and old cars. The volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.
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