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Museum of Flying

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Address: 3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-6113
Phone Number: +1 310-398-2500
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Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Interesting for Kids and Fam's

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 26, 2016
Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Deborah P
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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!

Thank MLondon26
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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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

A small museum that has unique planes and some local history. Check this out if you love planes. It's local history.

Thank SMOgal
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Tucked away in the easy to pass (but easy to find) Santa Monica Airport is a great, small Museum of Flying. Fees are modest, and adults and children can spend several happy hours without repeating activities---except for the flight simulator. As to the latter, an addiction is easily possible. My 14 year old grandson became addicted, providing a cover for... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2016

This was a great inexpensive afternoon out. Not the largest aviation museum but extremely interesting. The photographs and the history of Douglas Aviation and the surrounding Santa Monica area was mesmerizing and inspirational. Definitely worth going back.

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Malibu, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015

Small and disappointing Takes maybe 15-20 minutes to see it all—if you go slow and take your time! Only about a dozen or so planes, parts of planes and scale models Overpriced with a $10 admission Not enough to be a museum Not hands-on and interactive enough to be an attraction Go to an end of the runway and watch... More 

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