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Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd., 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031
541-308-1600
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Ranked #3 of 23 Attractions in Hood River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

you've got to spend some time at this outstanding collection of beautiful machinery. There are motorcycles, automobiles and airplanes of all description. The variety is impressive, but the common denominator is the care and meticulous preservation evident everywhere. From a mammoth Packard to a small display of an early aviator's flying suit, every item is displayed with pride and shown... More

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

Thank you for the review. Here at WAAAM we are always seeking to improve our exhibits and display experience for our visitors. This means that every time someone visits things have changed - what else can you expect from living history? More

Portland, Oregon, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The volunteers and all others have worked hard to create a very unique place to check out old aircraft. Go check it out!

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

Thank you for reviewing. Here at WAAAM we love our volunteers. Their passion for aviation and automobiles has enabled us to soar to amazing heights. It is great to have a combination of both automobiles and aircraft at WAAAM so that all different kinds of people can experience living history in one central location. More

Tacoma, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We did know what to expect and were completely amazed when we walked in. 50+ antique aircraft, most of of them in flying condition. Beautifully maintained in a huge building, there were at least as many automobiles to view. We could have spent a lot more time wandering the aisles. The docent who greeted us was very knowledgeable about the... More

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

Thank you for the review. We always like to tell people the average time it takes to spend in the museum is 2 hours - much longer if someone is really in to planes or cars. The variety of the collection gives our docents a chance to shine with interesting stories and the history found in the museum. More

Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I am going to join all other reviewers in agreement on how wonderful and interesting WAAAM is. This place is definitely worth the stop! One thing I wish I have done and recommend to future visitors - check museum's schedule and plan to visit when they have a show. It would be something to actually see these plains in the... More

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

Thank you for the review. While every day is a good day to visit the museum our event days truly help make the museum's collection shine. Between our Traffic Jam (car show and swap meet), the Annual Hood River Fly-In (always the weekend after Labor Day), and our Second Saturday events there is no shortage of fun to be had... More

Kelso, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This great museum covers 2 1/2 acres, all enclosed in 3 large hanger type buildings. There is literally something for everyone. An extensive antique aircraft collection, lots of old cars, an antique gun collection, and cases of collectibles that came from the offices of the now closed Luhr Jensen factory in Hood River. Every piece is well described and documented... More

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

Thanks for reviewing. We love our "play day" on Second Saturdays - it is always nice to pick a different part of our extensive collection to feature every month. Seeing living history in action and taking part in living history yourself is always a lot of fun. More

Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This museum is incredible! Walking into these hangers you see the unexpected beauty of history on wheels. Every item is shined, polished and in working order. There are a lot of items from the 1930's. At a few of the exhibits, there is a video running that is worth the time to sit and view. I learned all about the... More

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

Thank you for reviewing. People are always surprised at just how much transportation history we have in the museum. Keeping this history alive is central to our museum's purpose. More

Tucson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

While visiting Hood River I found this museum and my wife's distant cousin husband took me to see this wonder. It is large you really need two hours just to see it all without delaying to much. It is over a 100 cars & 100 aircraft mostly pre 1950 all the way back to 1909 to include steam driven cars.... More

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

Thank you for reviewing. We love keeping old history alive and many people appreciate that. It is this appreciation that has enabled WAAAM to grow to what it has become today. You are also spot on with the time recommendation - it really does take two (or more) hours to get through the museum ... longer still if you join... More

Cornelius, North Carolina
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

This museum is an eclectic collection of antique flyable airplanes, think Stearman, Piper, Curtis and many more. Add to this are autos from steam and antique electric to muscle cars and much in between, Fords, Chevy, Studebaker, Packard, Dodge, GTO, etc. Early model motorcycles, Indians, Harleys, and many others are mixed in. If you have flown, driven or rode in... More

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

Thanks for the review. We always like to say there is something for everyone to enjoy at the museum. It's important to us to keep this history alive so try to time your visit with one of our Second Saturday events so that you can experience living history at its finest. More

Hood River
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you havent visited,you should ! I recommend the fly-in , this year Sept 6 & 7th,2014 - Antique/rare specialty planes from the west coast come in , including a variety of food booths, etc a great outing - And very well maintained faciliies- The auto museum is very large, my favorite is the original Hood River fire engine,complete with... More

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

Thank you for reviewing. WAAAM is always proud to host the Annual Hood River Fly-In. In addition to seeing the museum, having the visiting "collection" of people showing off their aircraft always makes for an action-packed weekend (always the weekend after Labor Day). Many visitors also enjoy being able to see the blend of our antique airplanes and automobiles all... More

Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Three buildings of flyable antique airplanes and drivable antique and classic autos plus displays of antique memorabilia and a few antique motorcycles. Kid friendly "hands on" area.

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

Thank you for reviewing. You really hit all of our major highlights. Don't forget we don't just say we fly and drive the collection - you can see us doing it on every Second Saturday of the month and a few other special occasion times. The next time you can see us flying and driving is during the Hood River... More

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