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Oakland Aviation Museum

8252 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA CA 94621
+1(510) 638 7100
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Ranked #26 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Museums
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a small but well documented museum with friendly staff. The seaplane : the Solent Flying boat is impressing ,first time I could visit such an aircraft and figure out how was air travel in he late 40's from London to Johannesburg in 4.5 days ... At the entrance in a little kiosk you can listen to live air... More

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I was impressed with the amount of background information on the pilots, especially the section on female pilots. The kids like the airplane simulation room. It is not a big museum but one can learn a great deal on aviation and American history on one visit. Check out the museum gift shop. It has a big selection of model airplanes.... More

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Vista Alegre
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our 11 yr old granddaughter wasn't too enthusiastic about this "Museum" and at her age museum doesn't strike a good idea to visit. Surprise, she had a great time. Thanks to the docent and scavenger hunt for kids. Also being able to get into the cockpit of planes since she has read about Amelia Earhart. Her brother, 13, really enjoyed... More

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San Jose, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I mapped out the directions to the museum before coming and while I don't live in Oakland I've been in that area before, but I got confused and a bit lost trying to find the place. Give yourself some time as it's located near the airport on a side road and tricky to get to. Parking is free and relatively... More

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Oakland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of aviation eye candy and how well everything is organized and maintained. There are different rooms honoring different pilots for their accomplishments, and one is just for honoring women like Amelia Earhart, who flew out of Oakland quite often. Lots of great history and some older planes stripped down so one can view... More

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New Castle, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a small museum (which I knew). I found a groupon for this museum and decided to go. The replicas out front were an awesome place to let the kids play. My main issue with this museum was that there was so much wasted place in the back area. I did not enjoy seeing the kitchen area or stacked... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Admittedly a small museum, but the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The displays are focused on parts of aviation history that are directly related to Oakland and its airport, including Amelia Earhart who departed from Oakland on her ill-fated final trip. The indoor airplanes are in excellent condition. The showpiece of the museum is the four-engine Solent Flying Boat... More

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Fremont, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

i think we chose the wrong weekend to come. None of the aircraft outside were open ( there's a open cockpit day on june 16th 2013 though) and we weren't too interested in seeing old one from outside. My nieces enjoyed playing in the 2 small replica's at the entrance. My main problem with the place was that it cost... More

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San Diego, California
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219 reviews 219 reviews
98 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a small aviation museum located near the Oakland airport. It has a lot to offer ranging from early 20th century aircraft to the modern. I especially liked the area about Transocean Airlines and its connection with the Oakland airport and other airlines around the world. This is a nice place for aviation enthusiast to spend an hour or... More

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Jersey Shore
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32 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Not a big place but a good cross-section of aircraft from military to personal, early aviation to recent. My sons (teen/tween) got a real kick out of the Tomcat. They were opening up a plane for a tour so we got to go inside a midsized plane formerly used by a general. We were there on a weekday so there... More

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