The Museum of Flight, Seattle
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Walk through the cabins of a British Airways Concorde and the “flying Oval Office” of four presidents at The Museum of Flight, the largest private air and space museum in the world. The museum's world-class collection of nearly 150 aircraft includes a B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, a Lockheed M-21 Blackbird, and a Lockheed model like the one Amelia Earhart piloted when she disappeared over the Pacific. Other highlights include the world's first fighter plane, built in 1914, and one of only two remaining airworthy Douglas DC-2s. Within the museum is the restored “Red Barn,” Boeing’s original manufacturing plant. To take advantage of discounts offered to returning visitors, consider purchasing a "return trip" ticket, valid for up to seven days. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Seattle holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Museum of Flight and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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A very well laid out museum with lots of exhibits to view and even walk through from Concorde to the very first Boeing 747. The curators are very knowledgeable and always willing to help. Well worth a... read more »
This is a tour of a factory where Boeing's large jetliners are assembled. You view this from three viewing platforms. Buses take you to the factory from the visitor center, but then you need to walk t... read more »
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The most comprehensive aerospace museum I've been to outside of Smithsonian. The full-scale real planes are the best treat. If you ever drooled over the idea of just walking up to a 787 at the airport, this is your place. Add to that a 747, Concorde, Constellation, and many others and you'll be in heaven. Surprisingly good space travel exhibit. All kinds of warbirds and civilian stuff. Free parking and easy freeway access a bonus. I've been twice and would go again for sure.
This place is well worth going once, but probably best on the first Thursday of the month after 5 PM for "Free Museum Day". I went with a group of friends and we managed to get the very last parking spot in the auxiliary parking lot, it was packed full of people. If you can't stand the crowds, paying the entrance fee on a different day and perhaps during more unusual hours might be the way to go. They had interesting planes of all kinds, including a supersonic jet and 747 that you can tour, along with a mock-up of a space shuttle and a big collection of various war planes. It's a big place with a lot to see, and anyone who loves museums can spend some hours here quite easily.
If you love aviation then you have to stop here. Great for families too! Awesome selection of aircraft from all generations and great displays. Definitely somewhere I will visit again.
Fantastic museum and a highlight from my trip to Seattle. A wonderful look at the flight industry from the very beginning to the space age. There were lots of staff and volunteers that day answering questions and chatting with visitors. The museum felt very accessible for all levels of interest and informative in its wide variety of exhibits to keep guests interested and entertained. It was a photographers delight as well with lots of excellent restorations to take pictures of. Plan to check it out you will enjoy it.
This place is a must visit for any parent with airplane obsessed kids. It also has lots for the grown ups to enjoy. This museum is divided up into several different areas. There is one hall full of airplanes ranging from a replica of the Wright Brothers flyers, to passenger jets, fighter jets and Piper Cubs. In the gallery along one side, there are numerous interactive exhibits geared towards older kids. Beyond that is an aviation themed play area for younger kids. Another area is the Red Barn that was the original Boeing factory full of historical artifacts. Beyond that area is a hall dedicated to World War II era planes. Nearby is a walking bridge over the street that takes you to two more areas. The first area across the bridge is dedicated to space travel. You can stand inside a trainer replica of a space shuttle bay and touch a capsule that has been to space. Beyond that is a hangar with some larger planes, and you can go inside several. You can step into the original Boeing 747 test plane, JFK's Air Force 1, and a Concord just to name a few. Given the location, the museum is Boeing centric. I almost forgot to mention one more area. Back across the foot bridge, you can climb stairs up from the gallery into a simulated control tower where you can watch planes taking off from Boeing field. We were there the day after Sea fair ended and we watched the Blue Angels take off as they left for their next destination. This is where they keep the planes for Sea Fair. We also saw several other planes Take off throughout the day. You airplane fan is sure to find something to entertain them here!
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