Palm Springs Air Museum

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Palm Springs Air Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Educational sites • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rated by CNN as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World. This facility Gives visitors an up-close look at the legendary fighters and bombers of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
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Ambassador678895
United States15 contributions
My favorite part of this visit was my husband’s enjoyment of this large museum. It was so much more than what either of us expected. We saw it when we landed in Palm Springs. I chuckled to myself thinking it was small and almost blended in with its surroundings. Nothing could be farther from the truth! We were there 2-3 hours. It is well worth the admission fee (which I can’t remember) Highlights were videos you could sit and watch; they were short and very informative, you could go in a plane and sit in the cockpit. You could pay (pretty pricey) for a ride in a few airplanes.
There was an outside area with more planes; there were two large buildings, hangars I guess, just full of memorabilia and airplanes. There were volunteers at the ready to assist you with information and directions. And of course, there was a gift shop at the entrance.
It was a fun day for both of us and I was just “along for the ride”!
Written April 21, 2022
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Sightsee306311
2 contributions
I was not expecting the quality or amount of great pieces I saw displayed here the first time I visited. Thursday evenings admission is free HOWEVER, since COVID you need timed tickets...this was not made clear on their website.
Written May 10, 2021
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ESMcK
San Diego, CA115 contributions
Decided to go here since most other attractions were closed due to restrictions with Covid 19.
One MUST wear a face covering before you are able to pay your entrance fee which is $ 18.50 for adults. Wide selection of aircraft on display and also viewing cases with plenty of information about the display.
One can see the actual size of these aircraft and what it must of been like to fly in them during the second world war.

Very impressed with the layout and everything on offer.
Written October 1, 2020
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luvintotravel
La Quinta, CA210 contributions
Made a visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum, about 30 planes from B17 Bombers used in WWII, to the Stealth fighter plane that they received which the government sent to them after the top secret coating on this plane had been taken off; so it's currently in restoration, but there for you to see up close.
We spent about 1 1/2 hours visiting the museum; lots of people there to explain about the different planes, maps to show you where the wars took place and so forth.
Prices were $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors. We felt it was worth the price and interesting enough to explore.
Written January 14, 2022
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Nico W
Atlanta, GA39 contributions
Couples
If you are really into old military planes, this might be worth it. But we thought the displays were really outdated, and lacked context. There are museums that tell these stories better. Lots of elderly volunteers to do that though: when you stand somewhere for more than 20 seconds, someone will come up. I respect and appreciate everyone’s dedication and sacrifice, but this level of “attention” got a little much. The admission fee of $20 per person is a little steep for comparable museums that I have visited, but I suppose it also serves as a donation.
Written February 23, 2022
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California4,634 contributions
Tip: Ask for your 10% AAA membership discount!

I've been to Palm Springs probably half a dozen times and this time decided to do something different and visit the Palm Springs Air Museum. We arrived around 11am and stayed for about 4 hours, including stopping to eat.

PROS:
~Four hangers of airplanes, several airplanes outside with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains. A few airplanes in front of the museum. A room full of model airplanes.

~Free parking.

~The museum backdrop is the Palm Springs airport, so it's fun to watch planes take off while you're at the museum.

~Gift shop available upon entry/exit.

~Several restrooms available.

~Great for taking photos.

~Friendly staff/docent volunteers.

CONS:
~Generally, I thought the selection of airplanes was fantastic, but the general organization of the museum and the amount of reading was overwhelming and a little 'mish-mash'. I felt it was like a collection of planes and related items where information had been printed on different pieces of paper in different fonts. It needed to be simplified and streamlined. I have visited other air museums and left feeling completely wowed, but there was something about this one that left me slightly bored, overwhelmed, yet underwhelmed.

~I thought it was a little pricy for entry, but do ask for your AAA 10% discount if you're a AAA member.

~They have a cafe inside but it was closed when we were there (Covid). We brought our own lunch and ate it on a bench out front. It would be nice if they had a couple of picnic benches around the property in front of the museum.

I wouldn't recommend this museum to kids under 10.

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Written April 5, 2021
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AZ_Traveler214
Cave Creek, Arizona22 contributions
Family
This museum was an unexpected treat. I am definitely not an aviation devotee but it was a VERY hot day in PS and we were looking for something to do that was mostly inside. Weak criteria and a low bar but this museum was great. We were able to walk among the planes, read about their use, see where they flew and best of all, chat with the extremely informed volunteers manning each hanger. My dad was a proud WW II veteran and although he’s no longer with us, he was with me that day. We had a 2 year old in tow and while she loved seeing the planes and was able to roam around (this is not a stuffy place), I will be back to read all of the very informative plaques. Oh, and the giant maps were awesome. And that you can walk among the planes, that was awesome too. Just great, don’t miss it.
Written May 15, 2022
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CDNHikingViking
Hamilton, Canada98 contributions
this is a great outing with kids as there is lots to see. However as a group of adults whO take the time to inteact with the wonderful volunteers and hear their stories, and take the time to read the displays, you can’t do it all in a day.
There are 4hangars each displaying a different era of war. They are completing a 5th hangar which will display their latest addition a stealth fighter.
Recommendation, pick the era that you want to see most and start with it. Eventually their is so much you will go quicker in the other hangars. On your return visit start where you ended and work your way back to the start.
An excellent museum display and team of volunteers
Written October 26, 2021
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ds4d
Gabriola Island, Canada7 contributions
Located alongside the runway of Palm Springs airport and very easy to access by the sunline bus the displays are arranged in several hangars as well as aircraft stored outside. The museum covers all aspects of the world wars as well as Korea and Vietnam with several hands on features such as touring inside a B 17 bomber. It also has features of army and navy historical significance events with many videos of aircraft dog fights. The volunteers are always present nearby to answer questions or give explanations. I would recommend spending a full day to see all this museum has to offer and I promise you wont be disappointed. It truly is a must see.
Written February 11, 2020
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Bev2227
West Memphis, AR124 contributions
Four hangars of decades old aircraft in pristine condition. Entry was free for military and kids under 12. (17 for seniors and 20 regular). Tour inside B23 was $5 and very interesting. Several docents were very engaging at the B23 but sparse elsewhere. Interesting row of planes outside the hangar also. Nice to go outside and see the planes taking off and landing from the airport.

The restaurant was open but proof of vaccination was required (to eat only).
Written September 27, 2021
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