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“Wonderful!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland Aviation Museum
8252 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA CA 94621
+1(510) 638 7100
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Ranked #24 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Museums
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Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of aviation eye candy and how well everything is organized and maintained. There are different rooms honoring different pilots for their accomplishments, and one is just for honoring women like Amelia Earhart, who flew out of Oakland quite often. Lots of great history and some older planes stripped down so one can view the workings on the engines and weaponry. Fascinating stuff!

Visited August 2013
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New Castle, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Not what we expected.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a small museum (which I knew). I found a groupon for this museum and decided to go. The replicas out front were an awesome place to let the kids play. My main issue with this museum was that there was so much wasted place in the back area. I did not enjoy seeing the kitchen area or stacked chairs. Also outside seemed cluttered and need of cleaning up. The plus of this was that the main desk attendant was very helpful and entertaining. I just wished we could have seen more of the inside of the planes. There were a lot of volunteers there, but no planes opened and neither were the indoor simulators.

Visited July 2013
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Friendly and focused”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Admittedly a small museum, but the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The displays are focused on parts of aviation history that are directly related to Oakland and its airport, including Amelia Earhart who departed from Oakland on her ill-fated final trip. The indoor airplanes are in excellent condition. The showpiece of the museum is the four-engine Solent Flying Boat which was used in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." This aircraft is open for tours when a volunteer is available, and one can even sit in the same seat that Harrison Ford sat in on film. The museum is a very nice little gem worth the time and the cost (all of which goes toward maintaining and refurbishing the aircraft.)

Visited June 2013
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Fremont, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Could be better...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

i think we chose the wrong weekend to come. None of the aircraft outside were open ( there's a open cockpit day on june 16th 2013 though) and we weren't too interested in seeing old one from outside. My nieces enjoyed playing in the 2 small replica's at the entrance. My main problem with the place was that it cost $10 per person.. and we were through in less than 30 minutes.. but then again.. i am not a big aviation enthusiast. The place is small.. nothing fancy.

Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
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207 reviews 207 reviews
96 attraction reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“small but enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a small aviation museum located near the Oakland airport. It has a lot to offer ranging from early 20th century aircraft to the modern. I especially liked the area about Transocean Airlines and its connection with the Oakland airport and other airlines around the world. This is a nice place for aviation enthusiast to spend an hour or two.

Visited August 2012
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