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The Museum of Flight, Seattle

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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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  • So much to do and see with children. Apollo exhibit was outstanding with full size exhibits and done in an interesting way. So many planes to see: WWI AND WWII, PRESIDENTIAL PLANE, BLUE ANGEL JETS AND...  more »
  • An unbelievable collection of Aircraft that we think tops the Smithsonian. Wonderfully displayed and presented. Wish we allowed more time as you can actually board many of the aircraft displayed. A "d...  more »
  • What a variety of aircraft is here! The 1st aircraft, WWI and WWII, to the Concorde and an old Air Force One. Many planes you can from the inside, you can feel free to take a half day to a day of sightseeing. Also had a nice conversation with a former pilot who works as a volunteer here.
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  • Very comprehensive flight museum. There is a lot to see and a lot to read. There is a complete history of flight all the way back to wright brothers up to the current jets. There is even an outdoor area to go inside real planes. Pretty cool going inside JFK's Air Force One and they have a Concorde jet too. Definitely recommend, will definitely bring visiting friends and family and will definitely be going back because there is so much.
  • This museum is incredible. The sheer number of aircraft inside is awe-inspiring. There are plenty of interactive experiences for the kids. The amount of history data available surprised me. You could easily spend all day at this place and not see everything. Do you want to see military drones? Check. Modern military aircraft? Check. Spacecraft? Check. World War I aircraft? World War II aircraft? The first 747 ever built? An Air Force One plane? The Concorde? Helicopters? Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. All of it is displayed in amazingly creative ways. There are signs with information. The employees are all very helpful and knowledgeable. And there are endless accessories, models, pictures, signs, etc., to add to the colorful, eye-popping displays. This place is amazing and words don't do it justice so I've added a bunch of pictures so you can get an idea of what it feels like.
  • Extensive displays with comprehensive overview of aviation history, currently with traveling exhibit on the Space Race. Nicely laid out. Many planes from copy of Kitty Hawk to original Air Force One (707 used by Eisenhauer, Kennedy, Nixon...), a 747, Concorde SST and many many others including large military collection. Accompanying historical insights. Unique museum. A lot can be seen in as little as 2-3 hours, but you could spend a couple of days there and not see everything. A great place to go with out of town guests or kids.
  • My son's first visit. He loved it and enjoyed being under the big plane in the back. Did some toy shopping. Your able to like go to the planes very close which was very fun. Great place to visit. I recommend it .
  • A geek's dream - This place was definitely a bucket list item. Parking was easy and my only disappointment was that we arrived with only 90 minutes til closing. It simply isn't enough time so the space section was prioritised, as was the hands-on exhibits where you can walk through several classic aircraft like Air force One, Concorde and the first 747 Jumbo. Highly recommended

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