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Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson

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Pima Air & 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. Using our custom trip planner, Tucson attractions like Pima Air & Space Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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  • I have been here 20 times... having lived in tucson, I have worked at the Strategic Air and Space museum in Nebraska, and must say the varitety of the collection rivals only the Smithsonian and possib...  more »
  • We went to the museum w our two young children as well as my parents. So much to see! The volunteers were happy to share their knowledge along the way. The team tour was excellent. It was difficult fo...  more »
  • Wonderful experience walking through the memories of Military days. Every kind of aircraft produced, including some Presidential planes. It's mostly out in the open, so wear appropriate clothing, depe...  more »
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  • I took my boys here to get out of the Tucson heat...unfortunately they don't have air conditioning, just swamp coolers! We had a great time, we were probably there for 3-4 hours and I had to drag the kids away! There is so much to see and the people volunteering are very nice and patient with kids! I had not been in years, but used to go more often when we lived closer, I just took the kids to the Space building for the first time on this visit though and the kids loved it in there! There is a simulator they got to play on that they couldn't get enough of! They also have tons of kids activities during the month all year long, which I never knew! (I believe events/activities can be found on their website). We thought about grabbing a snack/small bite to eat at the cafe, but the menu was not snack prices. I know the museum probably doesn't have a large amount of funding, so I'm not complaining, I still think it's an amazing place to visit, especially with kids, in the Tucson area.
  • If you like airplanes in general, specifically military airplanes, this museum will blow your mind. I spent 7 hours there with my father-in-law and it wasn't enough to cover all the exhibits we wanted to see. A mind-boggling collection. I would never thought that I could be swept away for many hours, lost in the intense curiosity that I felt here. The exhibits are superbly designed and the WW II section, with the re-creations of field offices and bombing routines, are captivating.
  • Super museum. My kids and I loved all the planes. Great gift shop. I was like a kid again. Only negative was a lady in the gift shop sent me to the end of the line to get in....I was second. They waived us in the wrong way for cashier. She waited on the 3 or 4 elderly gentlemen in front of me then told me to go to the end. Rest of staff was very nice. Enjoyed the stories and info from the gentlemen in each hangar. Very warm, friendly fellows. Nice to my kids.
  • My young boys loved all the cool airplanes on display here. I would definitely recommend going on the AMARG tour. This tour will take you on a bus to tour the "bone yard". Airplanes from the past are stored here and the tour guide tells you good information about the history of some of the airplanes. Definitely recommend this place if you love planes, helicopters, jets etc.
  • Outstanding docents, great variety of aircraft and many other artifacts. The bone yard tour and the tram tour around the museum are particularly interesting. The docents are very knowledgeable. Overall a terrific place to visit. The third largest air museum in the world. Make time to visit the Titan Middle Museum in Green Valley.