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Museum of Flying

3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Ranked #18 of 36 Attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Children's Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum houses over 30 different aircraft and has excellent children's exhibits.

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Mudgeeraba, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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5 attraction reviews
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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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161 reviews 161 reviews
75 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We visited the Museum of Flying yesterday and were pleasantly pleased. The permanent collection is small yet interesting. It includes a replica of the Wright Flyer, and the nose section of a Boeing 727 where one can sit at the controls. The current temporary exhibition is an international traveling exhibition called "Now Boarding, Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight."... More

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Santa Monica, California
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30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live near here and decided to check this out with my husband one day. Its small but full of history and an amazing amount of planes in a small spot. My favorite thing was sitting in the cockpit of the Fed Ex plane, that was cool. My husband is the one much more interested in this sort of thing,... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

Firstly - the address is wrong - it is actually on Airport Ave opposite the entrance to Santa Monica Airport. I took my 5yo son there who loves all things aviation and he loved it. We went on a Thursday and it was very quiet which was great. One of the ladies spent nearly an hour with my son in... More

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