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Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

Address: 1600 Air Museum Rd., 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031
Phone Number: 541-308-1600
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Hood River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum are not only full of history, they're full of LIFE! Enjoy over two acres of indoor exhibit space.

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georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great museum. Great people. All the planes are still flying and autos still drive able. These people are so talented at rebuilding and keeping these machines going. We started in portland and drove the old Columbia river road, stopped to see numerous waterfalls, had lunch in hood river, spent the afternoon at the museum and did a local wine tasting... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We love keeping our airplanes and automobiles in flying and driving condition because it helps people appreciate the history a bit more. It takes a lot less imagination to think about history (or driving from Portland to Hood River on the old highway) when you know what it is like to ride in a Model... More

Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

First off the Second Sat of every month active military get in free as a thank you to their service....now for the rest the exhibits are excellent, the volunteers know the museum and are extremely helpful...q wonderful surprise was the old cars that you got to take a drive in that was the highlight as the driver was very knowledgeable... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. On the Second Saturday of every month we fly and drive our collection. For the 2014 November Second Saturday we honored our veterans and active duty military as a part of the event so they received complimentary admission. Upon occasion we have other fun deals throughout the year but always make sure to check before you... More

Portland, OR
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15 reviews 15 reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Amazing old Planes and Cars. $14 adult fee to enter. Plenty of docents to answer your questions. WAAAM is branching out to old artifacts. We went for 2 hours on a rainy afternoon. It was not enough time. They have at least 3 barns.

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We love showing people transportation history - this includes not only our airplanes and automobiles but also the associated artifacts that people would have brought with them, made an impact on their travels, or enabled them to get out there and enjoy the road or sky even more. Our old artifacts are part of what help... More

Tillamook, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Open for about seven years, dozens and dozens of antique planes, automobiles, model airplanes, motorcycles and all of them working!. You may see a sign that says "Out for a drive" when they take a car out. Over two acres, enclosed, all mixed together. Clean, easy to get around, fascinating to see the various cars, trucks, planes and more. The... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. One of the neat things about having a living history museum full of airplanes and automobiles is when they get to go out and get a little exercise. This usually happens during one of our Second Saturday events but every once in a while we just can't pass up the chance. More

Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a must see for airplane and/or car lovers. So much history and so many unique items in this museum. Videos added to our knowledge of the collection.

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. At WAAAM we do our best to integrate many levels of history about our collection for visitors to enjoy. Between our videos, personal stories about a particular item, or information about the role an item has played in history, there is never any shortage of interesting things to discover about our collection. More

Damascus, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Loved this museum which began as a private collection by a local collector. The entire private collection was donated to establish this wonderful facility. The extensive collection is maintained by volunteers, with restorations underway continuously. We were met by a docent and received a personally escorted tour. There are dozens and dozens of exquisite masterpieces and curiosities. The museum holds... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Our founder managed to amass 42 airplanes before starting up WAAAM. His donation, along with many other individuals, has made the collection what it is today - over 275 airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, etc strong and counting. More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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523 reviews 523 reviews
206 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Wow! WOW! What a collection; this place is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! I didn't even know that this museum existed until I saw a sign on the freeway and since I was a couple of hours ahead on my trip to Portland I had to check it out. It's super confusing to get to and I had to stop twice and look it... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. Occasionally some folks do have problems finding the museum despite us being only 3 miles from the freeway. One of the best aids we have found is to remind people that we are right at an airport and therefore they should look for a large flat space with no trees (which happens to be just on... More

Arcata
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This museum is huge and contains hundreds of vintage cars and airplanes. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Great place to visit.

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Here at WAAAM we have just over 2.5 acres of indoor display space for our collection. In addition to this area we also have several other storage hangars and a restoration shop on site but these are only open during special events like our Second Saturdays. More

Wheaton, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We kind of stumbled upon the museum, but since my husband in an airplane fan we stopped. We only had 1 hour before closing so they did give us discounted admission. The collection is quite large and the museum was well laid out.

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Here at the museum we often like to joke that the acronym of our name, WAAAM short for the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, is actually the sound effect people would use when they get in to our exhibit halls if life were scripted like a cartoon. Many who come late in the day choose... More

Jefferson, OR
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We read about this museum from a brochure. Decided to drive by to take a look. There was an entrance fee, which made us think twice about going in, but we were curious. We were overwhelmed by the quality and number of exhibits. We stayed for 3 hours and still did not get to see everything. They have many volunteers... More

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Stephanie H, Manager at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Many people have a hard time believing in the quality and scope of the collection we have at WAAAM before they visit us. Our cars, planes, motorcycles and more ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Model T Driving School is also a fantastic way for us to really remind people that... More

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