Southern Museum of Flight

Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Southern Museum of Flight Reviews: 4.5/5

Southern Museum of Flight
4.5
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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MaksimsDad
Scott Depot, WV207 contributions
Good Museum
Mar 2021 • Family
Medium size when compared against other aviation museums I’ve visited. Nice quality displays that were informative. Recommend for any enthusiast. Nice museum for people with children.
Written March 27, 2021
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ianmantel
Hastings297 contributions
A gem for enhusiasts
Nov 2019
An interesting air museum. Features the Tuskagee Airmen and so much more. You simply must drive to the compound where they store a wie selection of US Cold War planes, including a wonderful Blackbird
Written April 12, 2020
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jackbauerTX
307 contributions
Great experience!
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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nylady21
Philadelphia, PA753 contributions
Small museum with interesting displays
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Tuskegee Airmen displays and information were fascinating. My favorite part was the section about the defection of the North Korean airman, including a video with him describing the action and his work with the Museum.
Written February 18, 2020
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Ruppert B
Lugoff, SC203 contributions
Highs and Lows For an Aviator
Dec 2019
The outdoor displays at the airport are sadly weathered and look closer to a boneyard than a museum. The structure and indoor displays, as well as those just outside were very well done, though there is a clear need for more space. During our visit it appeared that around half of the building was closed off.
Written December 12, 2019
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Amanda K
Asheville, NC24 contributions
A Hidden Gem in Birmingham
Sep 2019
So many people have lived their whole lives in Birmingham and not visited the Southern Museum of Flight. It is absolutely unlike anything else you've seen. It is truly the hidden gem of Birmingham. You can experience so many different types of aircraft, up close and personal as well as take a walk through history. It is fascinating for people of any age from kids to grandparents. All the staff and employees are super friendly and passionate about the museum. If you go, ask for Charlie he will give you the tour of your life!
Written October 9, 2019
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mpmockba
Birmingham, AL26 contributions
One of our favorite weekend activities
Aug 2019 • Family
We live in the Birmingham area, so the Southern Museum of Flight is a place we go fairly often (3-4 times a year). It always amazes me the level of dedication necessary to keep a place like this going, especially considering the fact that it is largely a volunteer effort. The static displays change from time to time, and it’s obvious that a lot of love and care goes into everything they do.

The facility is composed of two enormous hangars; one side is civilian aircraft and the other is military. The central area between the hangars is the welcome desk and gift shop. There is a kids’ play area in the “civilian”side, stocked with duplos and other toys, as well as a big air traffic control tower that the little kids can play in. Next to that is a room of different flight simulators (this is probably my boys’ favorite room!)

You can see the whole thing (and probably spend a while on the simulators) in a couple of hours, maybe three if you really take your time.

The location is not exactly in the most picturesque part of Birmingham, but I can’t say I’ve ever felt unsafe taking my kids there. It’s very close to the Birmingham Airport, so if you have some time before your flight you should definitely check it out!
Written September 16, 2019
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Nick G
Chesterfield, UK151 contributions
Some rare aircraft
Sep 2019 • Solo
The museum its self is quite small, but has a row off aircraft at the airport round the corner. They have the first A-12 to be deployed to Kadena AFB in Operation Black Shield.  It also flew the first of 29 A-12 operational missions over North Vietnam May 22, 1967, as well as the last operational Black Shield mission, in support of the AGER-2 USS Pueblo May 8, 1968.  It made its last flight June 21, 1968, the final [of any] A-12 flight. They also have a very nice example of the Mil 24 Hind gunship.
The entry is $7, parking is free. Definitely worth a look.
Written September 15, 2019
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Christine B
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
Great Aviation museum
Jul 2019 • Family
We are an Aviation family and this was a great museum. Thank you for the great experience. It has a variety of planes and interactive simulators for the kids AND adults.
Written July 2, 2019
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Matthew H
Huntsville, AL125 contributions
Excellent museum with some great detail
May 2019 • Family
Visited early in the morning and the displays are very impressive for so small a location. The quality of the displays enabled a great deal of interaction and you could almost visualize being there across the history of flight. This is a low cost location and you should definitely visit if in town...a good use of time for several hours.
Written June 10, 2019
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Southern Museum of Flight is open:
  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM