Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs

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Home to one of the largest displays of World War II aviation history, Palm Springs Air Museum honors the many contributions that U.S. pilots and citizens made towards winning the war. The collection includes a B-17 Flying Fortress, a F-16 Falcon, a F4F Wildcat, and a variety of other antique warbirds. No ropes or barriers separate visitors from exhibits. In addition to the three main air-conditioned hangars displaying 29 aircraft, relevant artwork, and other artifacts, there is a simulation center, a theater, a research library, and an airstrip, where flight demonstrations take place occasionally. With knowledgeable staff and a variety of hands-on activities, this museum will offer you a glimpse into this significant event in world history. Make Palm Springs Air Museum a part of your Palm Springs vacation plans using our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker.
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  • Four hangars of decades old aircraft in pristine condition. Entry was free for military and kids under 12. (17 for seniors and 20 regular). Tour inside B23 was $5 and very interesting. Several...  more »
  • Obviously I dissent from the majority. Nudges 3.5 ('good') but does not make 4.0, and it isn't cheap for what they have. Maybe it's coming off the Museum of Flight in Bellevue, I don't know, but...  more »
  • Came here expecting to see some interesting airplanes, left feeling completely inspired by the men and women who served. Hearing their stories first hand from the volunteers was very meaningful, and....  more »
  • The Palm Springs Air Museum is an exceptional collection of aircraft and aviation history. Plan to spend three hours to really experience all the displays and walk through the hangers. This is a growing facility with new contributions and it is getting better all the time. Be sure and visit the resource library upstairs with its vast collection and flight simulators. There are hands on display areas for kids to learn and interact with aircraft. The docents are all knowledgeable and eager to provide information to bring the history to life. Bring your friends and family for a worthwhile enjoyable experience.
  • This is a wonderful place. It has an amazing collection of WWII planes which were my reason for visiting. I was allowed to sit in a Spitfire, which was one of the planes my father flew. It was an incredible experience to clamber in, sit in the cockpit, hold the controls and imagine being up in the skies in a dogfight with the enemy. The museum staff were incredibly knowledgeable and very charming to us Brits.
  • Fantastic museum full of history and retired planes. You could easily spend a day reading all the historical information throughout the exhibits. The staff are mostly volunteers, super friendly, and always happy to answer questions. There's also a couple flight simulator setups on the second floor you can try out, as well as lots of old original periodicals (Life magazine) from decades ago.
  • Super friendly volunteers, who are very informative and very friendly. They all seem almost like family, and like they really care about the museum, which makes it really pleasant to visit. Great place to take kids as they're not very finicky about touching or getting up close to the planes. Really think this was the best part of our visit to Palm Springs, and next time we'll bring kids!!! 🤙❤🤘
  • Great museum!!! Loved the no ropes experience of being able to touch the aircraft. All the volunteers had amazing backgrounds, were eager to answer questions and volunteer additional information. I would go as far as saying that I prefer this over the national air and space museum and the Udvar-Hazy Center despite the smaller collection.

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