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San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, San Diego holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The history of aviation saw many aircraft being designed, tested and flown out of San Diego. The museum gives you a compact survey and also holds a gallery of famous aircraft designers and aviators.  more »
  • And crammed with Office real airplanes, etc., quite powerful. Families with children are very many tourists.
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  • My wife and I spent about two hours in this museum reading about the history of various plans and designers of planes. The staff was very informative and knowledgeable. There are many aircraft and com...  more »
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  • Love the air and space museum! Ever since I was really young I have always loved this one, They have a whole bunch of planes from all over the eras, an Apollo capsule, old uniforms, a WW1 and 2 exhibit, etc., etc. Its also quite a reasonable price as well. I could spend hours here still. Was there yesterday for the MakerFaire, still walked around the exhibits just because so many things in there are so cool!
  • Enjoyed my experience here. Lots of planes, aircraft and memorabilia. I went on an overcast day and the museum is a little dark without good skylight. Definitely check weather. Much better with a sun out for sure. Had a great exhibit on DaVinci. Was worth the $5 add on for sure. Interactive and lots examples of DaVincis many inventions and ideas.
  • Located in Balboa Park, this place is amazing. Staff was extremely friendly and they even had WWII vets volunteering. My fiance and I talked to them for some time as they had some very interesting stories. They do a great job of displaying all the history of the aircraft and the people behind them. They have both real and replica aircraft everywhere you look! Even my fiance, who was reluctant at first had a great time! We sat in a replica helicopter and did a flight simulator of a fighter jet which was cool. I could have spent hours in there but we had a flight to catch. I think it was $19.99 per ticket for an adult, but if you have a membership to AAA you get $3 off.
  • This museum has so much to offer, you, franky can't do it in a day if you really want to absorb everything. If you need a break from all the awesome exhibits, they have a small bar and grill on the patio to put your feet up and have a beer (which is surrounded by large trees and provides an awesome view of downtown) before exploring the rest of the museum.
  • My favorite part by far was seeing planes come in for landing at San Diego International Airport directly over the second floor balcony at this place. Aside from that, the museum has a healthy collection of aircraft, both commercial airliners and warplanes, as well as a small collection of space-related materials. Definitely worth a quick visit!