San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum
4.5
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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Museum's emphasis is on the history of flight, from the days of hot-air balloons to the Spirit of St. Louis to today's space shuttles.
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  • Ian T
    London, United Kingdom404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Diego Air and space
    Hidden gem of a museum. Quite a few exhibits in a compact little museum. Well worth the time if you're in San Diego. The museum is located in Balboa Park, close to a number of other museums.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 28, 2023
  • wemjam
    Carleton, Michigan1,522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Air and Space Museum - Worth a Stop
    Good museum in Balboa Park. We bought the 1 day pass that allowed access to 4 museums or our choice which was a much better deal. This museum has some great exhibits, and movie you can watch and an area where you can try out some different VR rides and games (at an extra cost). We spent about 2 hours here and really enjoyed our time. They also did offer an outdoor eating area, but we did not eat there so not sure what is offered or pricing. Would certainly recommend coming here for a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Basinman
    347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile exhibits!
    We spent fun 3.5 hours exploring the quality exhibits. There is a lot of airplane, jet, space, and military history packed inside. The docents were quite helpful in explaining exhibits. Many interactive exhits for kids.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • 10Orchard
    Worcester, United Kingdom585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent insight into the history of flight
    Great museum for those like me whose knowledge of the history of flight is limited. The exhibition is well curated with interesting displays, films, interactive stuff (!) and brilliant models. I loved the displays of the men behind the names (Boeing, Cessna etc), the history of Black Americans in flight, the commercial companies who opened up the skies in the 1950s and the story of Montgomery. Best of all was the Lindbergh exhibit explaining the part played by San Diego and the map showing the route to Paris. The only disappointment was the 3D film which was way too short after we had waited 30 minutes to enter the cinema! Highly recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom515 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding museum
    We pipped in late afternoon to this amazing museum. The ford building itself is spectacular, but inside, the exhibits were aomething else. To see the Apollo 9 space capsul was mind blowing and the aircaft displays were so welk peesented. The interactive elements brough history to life! This has to be a nust visit location, set in the spectacular Balboa Park.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 29, 2023
  • MelvinPusfinger
    Temecula, California615 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable time, very stimulating
    This is a great place to bring the kids if you are in San Diego come including Balboa Park. Adult tickets are $28 and kids are $22. But you can get half price in February for museums, including this one. But even at full price, this is worthwhile. There are plenty of interactive things to do for children of all ages. And it is very educational. Plenty of large aircraft to view. Also, there is a motion simulator, that is not on like star tours in Disneyland and it is free. All in all the very enjoyable experience.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Susan C
    Nolensville, Tennessee29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    This was a most enjoyable museum to visit. Although small, they have a large collection of planes and do a wonderful job highlighting the history of aviation. The docents were amazing, so knowledgeable and eager to share what they knew. We really enjoyed speaking with all of them. I highly recommend visiting it when you are in Balboa park .
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • extravelagent
    Honolulu, Hawaii408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was cool
    Went with my daughter. It was pretty fun. Kinda pricey though. $50+ for an adult and student? I guess it was free parking so that helped. I liked the commercial airlines memorabilia and the aviation wings collection. Fun displays. Our favorite was the theatre that had the 3D movies with seat movement. Pretty cool. We spent about 1.5 hours there, I think that was enough. Not overly crowded as it was supposed to rain but I would hate to see it on a weekend. The replica planes outside were also cool. Would I come back? I probably would with grandkids as there are lots to look at.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2024
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very good museum of air travel history, even if you aren't American it is still interesting, with real planes on the ground and suspended from the ceiling and all manor of related items, uniforms etc. If you are a US citizen it will probably mean a lot more to you and you will spend more time reminiscing over things. It is laid out in a circular time line although some how the space bit is near the beginning which confused us a little. If you skip it you have to backtrack to find it again.
Lots of portraits of air influencers.
Written March 1, 2020
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Janice N
Henderson, NV144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This museum is in Balboa Park in San Diego, right across from the Automotive Museum. We were greeted at the door by a charming guy who briefed us on COVID requirements, then directed us to the ticket counter. Senior admission was only $18pp.
I was so impressed by the wealth of information about those inducted in to the Hall of Fame and by how much they had displayed about NASA and the space race with the USSR in the 1960's. There was a great deal to see and the descriptions were very detailed. There were a couple of animated mannequins, one was of Amelia Earhart that was well done. And on several of the statues, they had put on masks, I suppose to remind everyone to keep theirs on!
And I enjoyed seeing the several videos they had.
A great history of the very dawn of flight, starting with Leonardo da Vinci, with a lot of emphasis on the 2 World Wars and then of course, up through the Apollo missions.
We later found out that due to enhanced pandemic restrictions in San Diego county, as issued by the Governor, they were going to close starting November 14th, the very next day. So we were lucky to catch them before they closed!
Written November 15, 2020
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EagleFlyer
Reykjavik, Iceland470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum with the family. We enjoyed the visit and especially the historical aspect of it, but it is quite small and very dense so there is a limit to how long one can spend there.
The museum really has a wide range of things to see, including some amazing original displays of historical aircraft and spacecraft. The way to enjoy it is to just wander around and read the information plaques and admire the displays. But it is impossible to avoid noting just how tightly packed things are and it becomes hard to enjoy one thing at a time.
But, still very much worth a visit.
(Visited in May 2019)
Written March 18, 2021
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, CA7,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We went down especially to see the traveling Space Exhibit. It was nice for a traveling exhibit. Some highlights were (either real or duplicated) the Ham the chimp space couch, the Apollo 9 Command Module, some earl space suits, an actual moon rock, the Mars Rover and a mock up of the moon landing! The permanent exhibits are nice too! The museum goes in chronological order, starting with early flight, WWI, Golden Age of flight, WWII, modern flight and the rotunda. I really like the WWI exhibits which are more rare in museums. The WWII exhibit is partially set up like the deck of an aircraft carrier. New additions include talking animatronics of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart that explain their exhibits! It’s definitely the best museum in Balboa Park. Highlights include, the only flying replica of the Spirt of St. Louis, a reproduction of a Lockheed Vega used in the film Amelia, many WWI planes and various flight simulators! Definitely worth checking out!
Written September 18, 2020
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Iambic
Vancouver, WA484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum takes you through the history of flight, with a special emphasis on the advancements achieved in southern California. Lots of planes, a good display of artifacts from space travel. All explained very well.

This was the one museum in the area that really captured our infant grandson.
Written February 26, 2020
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Nancyuen
Albuquerque, NM196 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was impressed with the depth with which much of the information was covered. I also appreciated the memorial to September 11. The museum allows one to go at one's own pace, and has plenty of interest for even non-enthusiasts (like me). I liked the inclusion of the changing roles of women in space exploration, as it's not only a "dead white man's" museum.
Written March 14, 2020
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Khai L
Austin, TX634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a place of history and fun. There is so much to see in this museum, more planes than in the Smithsonian museum. It has its own gems and is the house of some of the rare items for the world war artifacts.

There are flight simulations and other activities for kids. It will make a nice family outing packed with history.
Written February 20, 2020
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wemjam
Carleton, MI1,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Good museum in Balboa Park. We bought the 1 day pass that allowed access to 4 museums or our choice which was a much better deal.

This museum has some great exhibits, and movie you can watch and an area where you can try out some different VR rides and games (at an extra cost).

We spent about 2 hours here and really enjoyed our time.

They also did offer an outdoor eating area, but we did not eat there so not sure what is offered or pricing.

Would certainly recommend coming here for a visit.
Written July 10, 2023
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Guy B
Brookings, SD51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We brought our kids here while visiting Balboa Park. I was very impressed. It is a little expensive to enter but...they have some displays I have never seen. They have a section devoted to space exploration with lots of interesting displays. Numerous space suits and lots to see/ read/ and explore.

The aviation section has substantial exhibits. Everything from WW1 (Red Barron Folker Tri plane) to a Blue Angel FA18 Hornet. I saw planes that I have never seen. BF109 Messerschmidts, SpitFire, and even a Mig. Don’t hesitate to drop by this museum if you are interested in aviation. And if your not...you probably will be by the time your done. You will probably need a couple of hours to really enjoy this attraction.
Written February 18, 2020
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Museum has a lot of displays, mostly air. The displays begin with the dawn of flight and have numerous early 1900s displays. Then a number of WWII displays. And finally some space information. They had an Apollo 9 space capsule with some explanation of that mission. It was a good depiction of air flight from Wright Brothers onward to today. In addition there were a number of good videos.
Written March 22, 2020
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