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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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Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I was there outside of museum hours because my company was having a reception inside, so I did not pay, but I think regular fee is $10. I had no idea we had a museum of flying in Santa Monica until that day. It's a very neat small museum full with artifacts about Douglas Aircraft Company, including a cockpit of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place is totally wheelchair accessible. However the lift wasn’t working the day we came so we got in for free and also got two free tickets to come back again It is quite small though.

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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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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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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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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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