Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson: Hours, Address, Pima Air and Space Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Pima Air and Space Museum
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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400+ aircraft, 80 acres, 6 indoor air-cooled hangars... just plane awesome! We’re one of the world's largest aircraft collections including 3 hangars of WWII planes, the SR-71, the world's smallest biplane, and many other unique private, military, and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. There’s something for the everyone from a “flight simulator” Boeing 720 cockpit, the Women in Flight Gallery, and an all around mecca for the aviation aficionado. We give the only tour of the "Boneyard"/AMARG (M-F, no holidays, 16-day advanced reservations required) plus a tram tour of the museum's 80 acres and one-of-a-kind planes. You can actually touch aviation history like "Freedom One" (that flew American hostages home after 444 days in Iran), presidential planes, others with wingspans the near the length of a football field... ogle helicopters, MiGs, an Oscar, a rare German buzz bomb, a moon rock, and much more!
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Damond B
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When my wife and I made reservations to visit, we saw that the museum offers two-day passes in addition to single-day. We thought that was a little odd, but after visiting, we get it. The collection is huge, with acres of outdoor exhibits and several large hangars filled with amazing aircraft: World War II fighters and bombers, civilian airliners, fighters from other countries, and a couple of presidential aircraft, including Columbine, a Lockheed Constellation used by Dwight Eisenhower. The descriptive text on the indoor exhibits was outstanding, including details on the specific aircraft on display. I wish the outdoor signage had offered a little more detail, but that's my only quibble. We spent most of the day there and didn't see everything, so we certainly understand why you might want to purchase a two-day ticket.
Written May 12, 2022
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Lindsay R
Tehachapi, CA1 contribution
Family
Totally worth the price. Ticket was around $18 with little in the way of discounts (no military but yes seniors). There are around 5 hangars with no air conditioning — we visited on probably the hottest day of the year. They have a massive collection of interesting and historical aircraft and more contemporary ones. They are well cared for and there are plenty of benches to rest and clean, air conditioned restrooms.
We took our dogs; it was so hot we carried one and put shoes on the other. The cafe allowed pets and they were so kind and even watered our dogs. We did not view the outdoor aircraft because of the heat. There are too many exhibits to see in one day anyway.
They have a “new” bag policy that meant we were a little irritated at having to return some items to the car. Your bags have to be the size of a standard sheet of paper.
The Pima Air and Space Museum should definitely be on your itinerary if you are in the area or nearby for any reason.
Written July 13, 2022
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Dylan W
Winterthur, Switzerland28 contributions
This is a very large and varied collection of aircraft, including military and commercial aircraft, not limited to those originating or used by the US. There is sufficient material here to capture one's interest for at least four hours - including some very rare and unexpected museum pieces, such as the Blackbird, and a V1. The trolley tour can also be recommended - although it is not included in the regular admission.
Written January 22, 2022
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Edward S
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In past years, multiple docent guided tours of all four hangars were included free with entry fee. These tours greatly enhanced the museum experience especially for those without aviation background. Those tours have been discontinued.

Now, there is a "Private Walking Tour" offered for $75 and it is limited to only the main hangar (none of the three WWII oriented hangars) and lasts only 45 minutes.
Written June 10, 2022
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JHAllen
Oro Valley, AZ412 contributions
By having a large amount of space and the support of the military branches and being close to the storage area for unneeded military aircraft the museum is able to trace the history of flight, primarily military, from its infancy. A main hanger sets the stage for the experience with early aircraft using the crafts themselves and dioramas and exhibits to enhance the experience. Two more hangers are dedicated to WWII aircraft separated into the European and Pacific theaters. Docents in all of the hangers are well informed about the aircraft and displays. Of great interest to us was the type of anti-aircraft gun used by my father-in-law during the Battle of the Bulge. We recommend taking the shuttle tour through the grounds where the driver gives the history and tidbits of information about the various aircraft displayed in the open. There is also a separate museum dedicated to the a bomb wing of the Eight AF which was based in England. Besides combat aircraft they have several iterations of Air Force One, passenger planes that have been reconfigured for secondary uses and crop dusters. Plan to spend several hours at a minimum with dedicated aircraft enthusiasts probably staying all day.
Written March 7, 2020
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
The museum has free parking. You enter and pay for museum access through the gift shop. There is a large hangar for the inside exhibits and a vast outdoor display area showing aircraft of an equally vast number of types. The inside displays also include many aircraft as well as artifacts and information boards. There is a special section about women in aviation and space which is quite wonderful. If it is ridiculously hot (as it was when I visited) you may want to limit your visit time outside, but the inside alone is worth the price of admission.
Written September 29, 2020
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Buffy G
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Couples
I enjoyed this museum way more than I thought I would. I’m not military or an engineer or a pilot. I know very little about planes or space but still, this was a great experience. The sheer number of planes is amazing. Much bigger than the air museum at Pax River.

Exhibit on the 390th was amazing. Also, loved the Air Force One plane from the Johnson-Kennedy era. Museum does require some light reading but it makes the exhibits so worth it.

Because the museum is close to the Air Force base we were also treated with some training fly-bys.

Last entrance is at 3pm and the museum closes at 4:30pm, gift shot closes at 5pm.
Written March 25, 2022
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Beth W
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There is so much to see; plus, we too the shuttle ride which was extra money, but worth it! It is such a large place that you can tire just walking through the buildings without going outside. There are planes there that you will never see somewhere else. Highly recommended.
Written February 6, 2022
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DesertRose
177 contributions
Couples
This is a huge museum so give yourself 2-3 hours if you want to explore it fully.
It covers military, civilian, and experimental aircraft from the Wright Brothers to much more recent.
A good portion of it is outside so keep the weather in mind before visiting.
Written January 31, 2022
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tjones005
Oneonta, NY11 contributions
We recommend the tram ride when you tour the planes out in the yard. The sheer variety of the planes and helicopter is amazing. The aircraft ranged from a tiny biplane aptly named Bumblebee to Air Force One to Cargo Planes to one called "The Guppy". If you have any interest in aviation you must come here. Listening to the stories of the veterans of the 390 Museum is something very special and truly brings history to life.
Written May 19, 2022
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