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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  • Really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum. Excellent exhibits and well laid out. There are plenty of planes from the past to the present. Great visit.  more »
  • Automotive, air, Apollo, Moon stone, and were side by side. Compared to the USS Midway Museum Shobo not is, well, something like this would be. There was also zero fighter in Japan.
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  • It has a SR-71 on display in front which is why I stopped . just walking around was a true history lesson , one could easly spend a couple of hours there so much to see and was brought alive things th...  more »
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  • This is hands down my husband's favorite museum in Balboa Park. While it's not my favorite, it is still a great museum to come visit. Each time I come I learn something new, even though there hasn't been a whole lot changed to it over the years, there are a lot of exhibits to take in. In my opinion it is well curated and packed with a great deal of artifacts from both WWI & WWII that are interesting as well as informative. The docents are available to answer questions. Every one of the docents that we've met through the years have been extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, it is evident that the staff and volunteers take pride in this museum, as well they should. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours immersing yourself in history. There truly is a lot to take in. There are also interactive displays as well. When my sons were growing up, this was one of the few museums that we could take them that they actually enjoyed. There is a parking lot right in front of the museum. The lot does fill up quickly, as do most of the lots in Balboa Park. There are various parking lots throughout the park as well as an open air tram that shuttles visitors throughout the park.
  • Museum is okay - I think I was expecting more. It is smaller than other air and space museums in the country. It had great info and cool relics from many different eras. Had a temporary exhibition with cars and engines - that was very interactive and fun! I think kids would really enjoy the museum.
  • This museum is not as great as what everyone is saying. Me and my friend came from Los Angeles to go and see it and thought it was cool because of the photos but once we got there it cost $23 to get in and I promise it only took us 30 minutes to circle the entire building. I thought we were able to go into some of the planes and check them out but most were handing up in the ceiling and the ones that were on ground level were locked up. When we got near the end there was a virtual ride that cost $8 which wasn't much. This place should honestly cost at least $10 or less. We ended up going to the USS Midway ship that we didn't know was there until after we left. I highly recommend to just go to Midway. It cost the same and at least you can walk through the ship and have a more interactive and extensive look into the ship.
  • My family really enjoyed the Air and Space Museum. So much information with authentic displays of old planes. Definitely worth the couple of hours it takes to go through. Only reason to knock a star off is no air conditioning. They had fans going, which helped, but the buidling was still very warm.
  • I have always loved aviation, and while the temporary special exhibits are sometimes a stretch as to their fit with aviation, the collection and presentation are well done. The basement is well worth the visit to see behind the scenes is the museum and under the skins of airplanes, and if you are local or have the time, so is the annex at Gillespie Field. The Flight Path Grill is a good lunch option for enjoying a relaxed lunch if you are one who can appreciate the opportunity to see incoming jets flying overhead as they arrive in San Diego.
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