San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego

4.3
Marvel at the wonders in San Diego Air & Space Museum, full of science, space, and aviation displays. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this establishment promises fascinating interactive exhibits like space shuttle and flight simulators. Imagine yourself at the head of a cosmic mission, and then head to the historical aircraft and spacecraft collections to see a flyable replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, plus the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. Don't miss the Apollo 9 command module, which actually flew into space. Make San Diego Air & Space Museum a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego day trip planning app .
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  • This Museum was interesting, its not big, but still impressive. Lots of planes suspended from the roof, i really liked all the travel posters from the 20's and 30's, it really shows how far flight has...  more »
  • Such a vast display of aircraft! Loved the stroll through the museum. Very educational and there are virtual simulations of aircraft that were fun to take part in. Thoroughly enjoyed  more »
  • Too bad the cafe on Site was closed, when you fo that much walking and reading on all the exhibits, you really need a break. Dissappointed there was nothing to be seen on Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart, ...  more »
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  • The museum is small by the standards set by outdoor air museums or the Smithsonian, but it's mighty for what it is. Nestled in a building from the World's Fair, the classic architecture lends itself to a smooth chronology of air and space history. Many planes are recreations of the original historic planes, but the quality of them, and the details in the exhibits are really excellent. I really recommend talking to the volunteer docents about the history encased in their museum section. We talked to a lovely man, Ron, who walked us through all of WWI and the planes and information the museum had. And he would find us in different parts of the museum to offer addition tidbits here and there. We easily spend 1.5-2 hours there.
  • Take the kids this place is awesome. Plane buff will love the excellent range of planes. The kids will love the interactive displays. Would be 5 stars, but its quite small and your out fairly quickly. Recommended.
  • Nice exhibits. Interesting information. However it was a warm and low humidity day. If you are not use to dry heat or your clothes sticking to you, I would caution when you visit. Early morning may be better. The day we visited it was Food Truck Friday. There were a lot of options, there was free music and dancing. It was a nice summer evening.
  • The San Diego Air & Space Museum was a great experience. My kids 10 & 9 thoroughly enjoyed our time there looking through the various aircraft, NASA exhibits, war memorabilia and old vehicles. There were interactive exhibits sprinkled around as well which brought history to life. I highly recommend this museum.
  • Awesome place to take the family, very affordable. We were expecting to spend an hour or two here, but ended up spending half the day, and still didn't see everything. There is so much to do and see; there's tons of interactive areas for the kids. Our little one loved the space area. The best part is the gift shop is actually affordable; I know, I was as shocked as you. Definitely would recommend and will visit again next time we're in town.
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