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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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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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Small Aviation museum with some neat exhibits

Stopped here after seeing the museum on a groupon offer. It is a rather small museum, but some nice hands on airplanes for children, and big children :) The Fedex 727 cockpit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Jamie B
Edmonton, Canada
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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.

Thank TomMacrae
Malibu, California
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2 of 5 stars 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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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Stopped here after seeing the museum on a groupon offer. It is a rather small museum, but some nice hands on airplanes for children, and big children :) The Fedex 727 cockpit was really cool and allows you full access. It's well worth a visit with children or if you are an aviation enthusiast.

Thank Jamie B
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Despite the tricky location, this museum is well worth the visit in a place that has seen a lot of the Douglas Aviation History at the Santa Monica museum Nice collection with a wright flyer replica to the model of the proposed Douglas SST transport. The nose section of the FedEx 727 with accessible cockpit is a favorite with the... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The Museum of Flying is tucked between Sanata Monica College and the Santa Monica Airport. Now in its second incation (the original was the Douglas Museum and Library), the Museum of Flying augments the usual Wright flyer and other vintage aircraft with artifacts fromt the life of Donald Douglas, one of the unsung heroes of aviation. You can see his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I take my 3 year old over to Santa Monica Airpark and we watch the jets take off every once and a while. The observation deck is compelling and cheap. On the same campus is the Museum of Flying which is loaded with cool planes and aviation technology. My kid loved it. Its not a long stay but that's cool... More 

Thank FlyersFanInLA
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A treasure trove Museum of aircraft and historical memorabilia - located at Santa Monica Airport. Historically significant is the word here, as the SM field location was the site of Douglas Aircraft of WWII, and after, fame. Has food in a charming setting. You'll enjoy...

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