Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River

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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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  • Bigger then expected. Kids enjoyed it. We decided to add this since we were in town for the Polar express. Kids met the grinch and had fun looking at everything. Defiently recommend going here  more »
  • This is a wonderful collection of early and mid-20th century aircraft and vehicles. Some of the designs and paint colors were fantastic, like works of art. They still regularly fly many of the planes ...  more »
  • We had an open morning and the visitor's center recommended this museum. We didn't know what to expect and were blown away. The building is huge (wear good walking shoes) and well laid out so that you...  more »
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  • This is one of the finest auto and aero museums in the whole of the country. They offer model T driving school! They were buzzing around teaching people while we were touring the museum. It was great! They have a vast collection of mechanical oddities sure to satisfy any gearhead.
  • Prepare to spend hours being fascinated by beautifully restored classic cars and antique planes. Many volunteers are around to answer any questions you may have. A great little gift shop can provide you with a handy souvenir of your visit. A wonderful stop for enthusiasts of any age. Everything flies and drives!
  • Fabulous collections of classic cars, airplanes, motorcycles, old radios, models, signs..... you name it its here! Plan to spend a while here its large and worth the $16.00 adult admission. No food allowed in the Museum but they have a cafe inside and some snacks in the lobby free coffee with donation. There is a gift shop and a Kids Learning Center. Two movie theaters and lots of videos playing throughout the museum!! Curators ride around on scooters asking you if you have any questions and are very helpful friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to ask about their events on 4th of July and there fly in.... PS everything here runs and drives or flies!!!!!
  • Great collection of cars and vintage aircraft. Also great value, not super expensive like other museums.
  • A lot of different airplanes than most places. They have a lot of vintage civilian aircraft. This is the place to go for pilots and civil aviation enthusiasts. The auto collection is growing at a steady pace.