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Museum of Flying

Address: 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)
Phone Number: +1 310-398-2500
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Ranked #27 of 106 things to do in Santa Monica
Type: Children's museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979...
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Type: Children's museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Hours:
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979 at 3200 Airport Avenue. The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr, the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012. The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica!

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california
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64 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

perfect in town museum that takes a half hour to see. located right on the edge of santa monica airport, easy parking and walking distance from a couple nice restaurants.

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

On a whim, my younger son and I decided to visit the Museum of Flying in July, 2014 and I am really glad we stopped in. The museum is small - you can cover it in a two to three hours, depending upon how much time you spend talking to the docents. The exhibits are generally well maintained and the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

For kids this place is perfect. It is small and interactive. We came when it was free with open house but it is like an enclosed warehouse with planes all over with planes that you can sit in like the FED EX cock pit, a flight simulator etc. The grounds is nice too with vintage planes outside that you can... More 

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Mudgeeraba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The Museum of Flying is easy to find and to get to by car. It's in Santa Monica close to the airport and also reasonably close to LAX. It's also close to the site where many of the Douglass planes were built. It has a small but interesting collection and is well worth a visit.

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Decided to visit the museum after Groupon offered a discount on tickets. Figured "Why Not?" Overall it was an enjoyable experience. You wont need more than an hour to see the entire place. We went on a Saturday afternoon in July and there were maybe 6 other people there as well? The exhibits were ok, but a lot of them... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love this place. It has lots of planes for its size. It also has a flight simulator that includes motion as well as visual, so you can feel what it might be like to do a roll, or spin. There is a store that you can purchase small planes and models. Douglas Aircraft was located here and there are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

What was here was very nice but it was much smaller than I expected. The staff were brimming with information and were very helpful. It has a flight simulator for an extra cost with a choice of type of plane. Worth a visit if you are in the area but not worth a long drive to as we did.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Our son enjoys going here and when he was small liked to watch the take off and landings from the public bleachers up at the airport. I recommend a packing a lunch and making a day of it. There's also a little public park for little ones to run around in.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The M of F is very small, you will learn about early aviation history about Santa Monica and they have many great events there.

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very hands-on for kids and adults, both. Wonderful old planes and a lot of history, easily available and understood.

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