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“Nice smaller museum, bit hard to locate” 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 #26 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Museums
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San Jose, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Nice smaller museum, bit hard to locate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I mapped out the directions to the museum before coming and while I don't live in Oakland I've been in that area before, but I got confused and a bit lost trying to find the place. Give yourself some time as it's located near the airport on a side road and tricky to get to. Parking is free and relatively abundant.

On Sundays they offer tours of the Solent Flying Boat, which as others have pointed out was in Raiders of the Lost Ark. You have to pay an additional fee to tour the boat but it's fascinating to see how people traveled 60 years ago. One thing the guide pointed out is that the boat was not pressurized, so it never flew above 10,000 feet, and it used to take five days to get from England down to South Africa. Sounds like an exotic time of travel. Getting from the passenger cabin to the cockpit was a bit of a acrobatic experience; be prepared to slide and climb and wiggle through a weird small space. I'm not really an aviation buff but enjoyed this museum. One of the other guests on the tour was retired Navy Aviation and he offered some interesting comments on the fighter craft outside. Sounded like he intends to volunteer, so you may also get the benefit of his experience during your visit. Definitely good for kids and families.

Visited June 2013
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Oakland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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
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“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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“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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