Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River

(4.8/5 based on 240+ 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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  • This is just an amazing place! Only an hour drive from Portland, so don't miss it. They have a huge collection of classic cars, planes, trucks, and motorcycles, but also vintage items from toys to hou...  more »
  • while heading to portland for the weekend my wife and i camped at a state park between the dalles and hood river while exploring Hood river we found this airplane and car museum out next to the hood r...  more »
  • Never knew about this place until recently. Wasn't sure we would enjoy as museums are not really our thing. Pleasantly delightful. So much to see and very well kept up. They were giving rides in the v...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A gem! Hangers full of history with volunteers who know how to tell a story.
  • 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.
  • Fun place. Enjoyed old aircraft, motorcycles, and automobiles in the museum. Drove to visit due to the "fly in" event where they actually fly old aircraft. Recommend the museum.
  • Amazing place a lot of aircraft to see and other stuff highly recommend this place