Southern Museum of Flight
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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An aircraft hangar museum with exhibits of authentic old airplanes.
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Pia S
katy175 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The museum is nice have some interesting exhibitions they had a very nice way of setting up the planes. The museum could really use some help they have a lot of interesting planes standing outside needing to be taken care of. I would have liked to spend more time there but a large group of students came with teachers and I left when the teachers started pulling in gears in some of the planes with their students I just didn’t think it was right. Didn’t say anything before I left as someone from the museum was in the room while this happened. Also the staff were more interested in talking to each other than in talking to visitors
Written June 21, 2022
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jackbauerTX
338 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Went here on a wed during spring break and it was a good time. There are two main hangers that show a variety of helicopters and planes. Probably the most captivating part was a flight simulator. Granted I am sure you can get this type of simulator anywhere on the internet but this put you in the cockpit with several controls at your finger tips. This attraction will last about 1 hr if you have children but maybe more if not. I recommend if you are in the area and need to kill an hour or two. This
Written March 11, 2020
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LCO1984
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
Such a neat little museum we really enjoyed our visit! Can’t wait to return when they have the interactive simulator up and running. There’s a field 2 blocks away with several planes you can drive by on your way out..sad to see them sitting out in the elements with no protection. Overall, a cute little museum with lots of history!
Written September 10, 2021
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Candyce C
Washington DC, DC13 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Not even that interesting of a place. But what really got me was how the people had a security guard follow us throughout the place. I would be stretching the definition to call it a museum. My students saw how obvious our treatment was compared to the other group that was present. Staff not friendly. I'll spend my money elsewhere.
Written September 12, 2015
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Citation501
Spring Hill, TN247 contributions
What a great hidden museum. Been flying over Birmingham for years but never knew of this place. As my dad and I flew back home from the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola we stopped at BHM. Atlantic East loaned us a car and the museum is only a couple blocks from them. It's in a shady looking area, but the museum itself is great. Would be good to take kids as well. Lots of experimental aircraft and some rare planes with lots of aviation artifacts and memorabilia. We are excited to make a planned trip back to spend more time there.
Written December 22, 2014
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Chuck M
San Diego, CA222 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
I visited the Southern Museum of Flight upon the recommendation of a Police Officer at the Birmingham Airport! It was a very good "hot tip!" I was very impressed with this facility. The displays were very well done and the museum staff were friendly, knowledgeable and very professional.

Beyond the wonderful history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the work of NASA in Huntsville, I was unaware of the fact that there was so much more aviation history associated with Alabama. I was quite surprised!

The museum is very well laid out. One half is devoted to military aviation, while the other half is focused on general/commercial aviation and early flight. The aircraft displays, dioramas and audio/visual presentations are all very well done. There are also a number of interactive displays, films and flight simulators to entertain visitors of all ages. The museum also contains an archive and library for the aviation historian and student. I also understand that the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame is located here but I did not have a chance to visit it.

The only minor problem worth mentioning is that the museum is not that easy to find. Although located near the Birmingham International Airport, street directions to the museum are not all that clear in places. That said, if you are careful and watch for the signs closely, you should not have any trouble finding the place. (Its about 10-15 minutes from the airport terminal.)

The Southern Museum of Flight is well worth a couple hours to visit! Have fun!
Written June 29, 2014
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raj0302
Swansboro, NC945 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
The exhibits are very well done; I applaud the efforts of the staff and those individuals who have restored the aircraft and built/maintained the exhibits but I would rate this museum as average since I am a little jaded after touring the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum and the New Orleans WW II Museum. To address a previous reviewer's comments - yes the museum is off the beaten path and is in a relatively low-rent neighborhood but I would not say that it is in a bad neighborhood. There is no fee for parking and the admission fee for adults is $7.00 (check the museum's website for current prices). It took me 2 1/2 -3 hours to make my way through the museum (reading approximately 50-75 % of the information placards). There were four military aircraft outside and multiple very well-restored aircraft inside: early development of aviation (four); WW II trainers (three); Korean War (2); Vietnam War (2); Soviet Mi-24 Hind-D helicopter (circa early 1990s Soviet-Afghanistan war); small civilian aircraft (approximately 20); and approximately 18 aircraft engines. There are also several scale models of WW II naval vessels and dioramas of aircraft/support activities. The day I visited, there was a tour group of local school children that was conducted by an Air Force Officer (I think this was a regular occurrence). There is also a hall dedicated to artwork depicting the CIAs role in aviation throughout the years. Finally, there is a small gift shop located at the entrance to the museum.
Written December 19, 2013
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13Heart
Birmingham, AL712 contributions
What a super museum. Hidden behind the airport but there are plenty of signs to help you get there. Call ahead to check museum hours. The website isn't updated regularly. Fascinating exhibits. Great time. History Channel exhibits.
Written July 4, 2010
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fountain4
Talladega, AL82 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I think he would live here if he could. Fun way to learn about flight and history. Saw a birthday party while we were there. Good idea...
Written April 12, 2019
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CDS2014
Odenville, AL40 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
Having a son who loves flight, this was his favorite place to go. It is also a fun place to take visitors. The price is also extremely reasonable!
Written September 17, 2017
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