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Museum of Flying

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Address: 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone Number: +1 310-398-2500
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the...

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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Small Aviation museum with some neat exhibits

Stopped here after seeing the museum on a groupon offer. It is a rather small museum, but some nice hands on airplanes for children, and big children :) The Fedex 727 cockpit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jamie B
Edmonton, Canada
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Malibu, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Small and disappointing Takes maybe 15-20 minutes to see it all—if you go slow and take your time! Only about a dozen or so planes, parts of planes and scale models Overpriced with a $10 admission Not enough to be a museum Not hands-on and interactive enough to be an attraction Go to an end of the runway and watch... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here after seeing the museum on a groupon offer. It is a rather small museum, but some nice hands on airplanes for children, and big children :) The Fedex 727 cockpit was really cool and allows you full access. It's well worth a visit with children or if you are an aviation enthusiast.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Despite the tricky location, this museum is well worth the visit in a place that has seen a lot of the Douglas Aviation History at the Santa Monica museum Nice collection with a wright flyer replica to the model of the proposed Douglas SST transport. The nose section of the FedEx 727 with accessible cockpit is a favorite with the... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The Museum of Flying is tucked between Sanata Monica College and the Santa Monica Airport. Now in its second incation (the original was the Douglas Museum and Library), the Museum of Flying augments the usual Wright flyer and other vintage aircraft with artifacts fromt the life of Donald Douglas, one of the unsung heroes of aviation. You can see his... More 

Thank ColConnie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I take my 3 year old over to Santa Monica Airpark and we watch the jets take off every once and a while. The observation deck is compelling and cheap. On the same campus is the Museum of Flying which is loaded with cool planes and aviation technology. My kid loved it. Its not a long stay but that's cool... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A treasure trove Museum of aircraft and historical memorabilia - located at Santa Monica Airport. Historically significant is the word here, as the SM field location was the site of Douglas Aircraft of WWII, and after, fame. Has food in a charming setting. You'll enjoy...

Thank David B L
Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This local museum is a charming blast to the past with a self guided tour. You can leisurely stroll throughout the museum and get up close to several of the classic planes. You can even climb aboard one of the display planes and pretend to be a pilot or co-pilot. I was impressed by the written documentation and photo collection... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A nice local museum with several dozen planes and lots of detailed information about them. Particularly interesting to plane lovers. Great for families as Grandpa can read about the history and kids can run around. Best part was the volunteer guide at the 727 cockpit, who explained to us how to pilot a take off and landing as we sat... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Visited this museum back in March of 2013, it was really nice to finally see it after many years. It provides a great learning experience for children as well as adults from a model of the Wright flyer, hands on exhibits of actual cockpits of an older aircraft, a vintage fighter and a commercial airline cockpit for kids/adults to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Was in town for business and seeing as the hubby loves planes, planned a quick stop here. That quick trip themed u to several hours! Let me just say that the director Dan is AMAZING! It almost felt like we had a personal private guided tour. His knowledge about planes, pilots, bygone eras, engineering was top notch! He explained everything... More 

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