Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson

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Pima Air and Space Museum boasts one of the world's largest aircraft collections with more than 300 commercial, private, and military planes. Study the supersonic SR-71 spy plane, the aircraft that carried the Hubble Telescope, and the world's smallest biplane. Stop by the Freedom One, the plane that flew home 55 Americans citizens imprisoned during the Iran hostage crisis. You can also visit the 390th Memorial Museum, a standalone World War II military museum. Bring water and sunscreen with you; touring the outdoor displays can mean considerable time in the sun. Make Pima Air and Space Museum a centerpiece of your Tucson vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tucson road trip planning website.
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  • So many planes/aircrafts to see and well worth the money. It was amazing to see the wide variety of planes from old to young. Many hangers to go through, lots of history and knowledge you can obtain.....  more »
  • Took the kids here while visiting Tucson, and very impressed at the many different vehicles they had on display. Had a good time!  more »
  • This place was pretty cool lotta great old airplanes. Totally enjoyed our visit it was a great day the weather was warm and beautiful lots of great photographs.  more »
  • This is an amazing museum! It is huge with so much to see both indoors and outdoors. You could definitely spend an entire day here. We saw so many different types of aircraft and took many great photos! Unfortunately, my family arrived just a couple of hours before closing, on a hot summer afternoon, so we didn't have time to take it all in fully. If you go in the summer, I suggest getting there early and bringing lots of water.
  • If you are a Military Aircraft Geek, or just have a General Curiosity about The History of Flight, this is the Place for You! Excellent Collection, Friendly and Helpful Staff, and Reasonably Priced. Great way to spend some leisure time. Be sure to get there early if you would like to take the tram tour of the outdoor area. It does get pretty hot during the day. Tram tours end about 1 p.m. in the Summer.
  • Only reason I gave it five stars is because I couldn't find a 6th or more. Get a 2 day pass, you'll need it. Has aircraft of all descriptions and you can touch most of them. So much history is revealed in the displays. Not just war planes but civil, Presidential, experimental, historic. From the Wright Brothers to space travel it is all here but be rested before you arrive there's lots to see.
  • Aviation enthusiasts will love this museum! Not only do they have an enormous collection of aircraft both in the hangar and in the outdoor area, but the docents are extremely knowledgeable and very excited to share their expert knowledge. It is difficult to see everything in one day, so start early. Their restoration work on WWII planes is incredible. If you're familiar with the Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, imagine more planes and better, more engaging staff. Truly, the finest Air and Space museum I've visited.
  • Excellent place to spend hours learning interesting facts about aviation world-wide. The museum has machines from bullets and missiles to a huge 747 and other rare pieces of aviation's history. Come with your family or friends, there's a lot of possible photography moments. Bring your water and of course, check for a good weather for the day you are planning to spend here, if it rains... you will not be able to walk around their backyard freely.

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