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Museum of Flying

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Address: 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone Number: +1 310-398-2500
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Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the...

Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979 at 3200 Airport Avenue. The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr, the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012. The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica!

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GOOD AIRCRAFT MUSEUM AT SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

The Museum of Flying is located at the entrance to the Santa Monica Airport. There are lots of vintage airplanes on display inside and outside including the old workhorse DC-3... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
DarylJ552
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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently visited the museum with my family and 7 year old son . It was very short stay less then hour and except of one employee other were a bit rude and very opinitated about children being able to learn and satisfy there imagniation but can be exciting for younger kids. There are few planes and a live rescue truck... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had never heard of this museum but I am glad I saw it in a tour book. There are a great selection of displays particularly highlighting the history of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Museum of Flying is located at the entrance to the Santa Monica Airport. There are lots of vintage airplanes on display inside and outside including the old workhorse DC-3. The airplanes all have good information plaques explaining when they were in service. There is even a cockpit from a Boeing 727 that you can sit in. Also there is... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

great museum off the beaten path. nice walking tour good exhibits easy to get to off main streets do miss

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Santa Monica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

If you have a love of airplanes, do not miss The Museum of flying....lots of great vintage aircrafts. A local treasure!

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Richmond, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Not a huge place, has a 20-25 place parking lot with a small park outside, but a great small historical place to show your kids a little bit of important history! My pre-teen & teenager enjoyed the exhibits and learning. We even got a self-appointed docent for a little while, which was interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

You have a diversity of beautiful planes, you can sit in two diferent cockpits and you can enjoy a flight simulator. It's a small cute museum you can enjoy with your family.

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Santa Monica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Even if you aren't interested in history, you will find something of interest in this museum. The planes are very interesting to look at and the formation of the city around this industry is amazing to see. I found it very informative and the staff very helpful. The best part is the parking is FREE!

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

I have never gone here but was pleasantly surprised! The virtual pilot rides are astounding! Parking easy!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Awesome ! Free parking, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend the flight simulator just an extra $8 pp

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