Pima Air and Space Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum
4.5
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
About
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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  • Jake S
    Alexandria, Virginia229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smithsonian-class museum that you can't see in just one day.
    I had no idea the museum would be so .... vast. Next time I come, I'll buy a multi-day pass and spend two days going through all the many things I missed. It's well laid out. Requires a lot of walking, but you'll see things you can't see anywhere else. The museum will expand next year when it adds an annex devoted to ground combat vehicles. Smithsonian-class museum with excellent guides.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Kyb33118
    Kingston, Massachusetts17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Airplanes and more!
    We wanted the Boneyard…but it is no longer available, so we took a chance on jut this. It was a very interesting experience for airplane lovers (my husband), and veterans. We paid to take the tour also. It was 45’ on a tram around the area that we had been walking, but now with informative history. Definitely recommend!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Victor B
    Tucson, Arizona4,058 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s an epic landmark that you have to do once…but once is enough.
    This is a Tucson “must do” but it’s best suited for folks really really into military aviation. Especially historical aviation. It’s huge with several indoor and outdoor collections of planes and helicopters. Bring comfortable shoes as it’s a lot of walking unless you pay $8 to ride the tram. Inside is pretty warm (no AC) and outside is usually very hot (it’s AZ). The cafeteria is air conditioned but the food is pretty bad and on the high side for what you get. It’s a epic landmark that you have to do once, but once is enough. VictorB
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Sonia S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational tour to Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
    I recently had the opportunity to visit the Pima Air and Space Museum with a group of high school students on an educational tour. I must say, the entire experience was wonderful and the staff at the museum were extremely polite and supportive. They were well-informed about the exhibits and were more than willing to answer any questions we had. They were very patient with our group of high school students, accommodating our curiosity and enthusiasm. I also want to commend the staff's dedication to making the visit educational and engaging. I am grateful for their efforts in creating an informative and engaging environment, and I look forward to visiting again in the future.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Sivan M
    Dallas, Texas479 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must stop for birds and history enthusiasts
    PIMA is packed with history and information of planes ranging from commercial to military that’s not only US but international as well. This is definitely a must stop for Tucson visitors and even a worthwhile out of way trip if you’re passionate about flying. They also have various hangers where you can visit and see the history behind well taken care of planes.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
  • nototallage
    Oro Valley, Arizona3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two experts
    Visited this past Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I particularly liked talking to two outstanding docents, Al C and Gerry G, twin walking encyclopedias about anything aviation related. Don’t miss this attraction in Tucson if you have the time.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Rodney R
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of the skies
    This is a true aeronautical and historical experience. Whether you are a history buff or aircraft enthusiast there is something here for you. The aircraft and their stories are fantastic from the beginning of flight to modern flight, civilian and military, to space exploration, it’s all here. The displays are very well explained but the staff is available and willing to add that little extra. One time through is not enough.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Andrew B.
    Collingwood, Canada300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING PLANES
    We visited Pima Air & Space Museum on a Wednesday after the Titan Missile Museum. It was not very busy but WOW! So many planes inside multiple hangers and then outside on static display. We spent 5.5 hrs here and it was disappointing to leave. All day long while walking the static displays outside there were A-10, F35, HC130 planes practicing touch & go landings right across the street at Davis Monthan AFB & flying overhead. Each hanger has vending machines for drinks, washrooms nearby and lost of rest stops. The Aviation Hall of Fame and the B17 Museum are a must within the grounds. If you like flying machines you need to come here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Debra L
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unplanned but fun visit.
    Very interesting museum with a variety of aircraft and supporting information such as the carrier ships for aircraft, how military personnel live and more. The lot is gigantic and involves a lot of walking. They have some tours but you can’t schedule. They were sold out the day we went so this impacted our ability to see everything. Difficult if you have disabilities or issues walking. Nice cafe. You could spend all day there is so much to see.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Craig H
    Clarkdale, Arizona35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit - something for everyone to enjoy!
    Beautiful day and plenty to explore inside and out. Lots of various planes, including a few Presidential jets. Also loved the prototype 787 Dreamliner (ANA markings) There is quite a bit of walking involved, but they do give Tram Tours as well. Both Inside and Outside planes and hangar/displays had great signage. Their Flight Grille Cafe had some terrific cold/sandwiches, very fresh, plenty to eat, and nice view of the display planes. Particularly enjoyed seeing all the pilot/flight attendant uniforms from the 1960's to Present. Lots of visitors, but never felt crowded at all.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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TheHookieMonster
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have been to Pima Air and Space Museum on multiple occasions as work has me pass through Tucson and Davis-Monthan AFB in particular as well as being stationed there a few years ago. As a military aviator I always enjoy learning about and honoring my heritage especially talking to the seasoned aviators who used to fly those beautiful aircraft. This past trip though I noticed there was a lack of the retired volunteers who used to greet people at the entrance and stationed around the museum to answer questions and tell war stories. The few I did find were very short in their comments and one stated that they had to be careful because if they were caught telling their war stories they could be fired. In their place, I found employees who have never flown before and were less educated about those aircraft than my own 7 year old.

When I lived in Tucson, my kids always loved the school and summer trips to the museum and the tours that were given by those same retiree volunteers that I would spend all day talking to. On this last trip I met with a friend after the museum who still lives in Tucson and when I expressed my disgust with how the museum has changed, they said that they as well as many other pilots feel the same way. They also said that those same school trips my kids loved are also being ruined by the same ignorant guides I mentioned earlier.

When I talked to several employees when I was there about why there was this change, I received a lot of round about answers, but from what I gathered was there was a leadership change that caused all of this. This is a huge shame. Those aircraft on display are beautiful pieces of history, but Pima was special as they used to utilize their wealth of living history in the retiree volunteers. Those volunteer opportunities really made their day to. I'll never forget on my first visit many years ago one of those vets telling me that just like the aircraft on display, they can never fly again, but being at the museum and sharing their stories made it feel like they were strapping into their aircraft and going to fly again.

What Pima has done is a disgrace. They have discredited the history and heritage of aviators and the military and took away a pleasure from veterans who have so much to share. I will never go back under their current business model as it is clear they care more about themselves and money than preserving the history within those walls.
Written February 22, 2020
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
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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flowerlady64
Durham, UK503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Yes there are lots of aircraft to see but there is so much more.

We did go on the tram as I don't walk well but the three children on the tram were bored so perhaps three quarters of an hour on the tram is too much for them. There is a play area here and other games and simulators to try out.

The B17 hangar has been very well researched. The aircraft are interesting but the stories of the airmen who flew them bring it all to life and is a fitting memorial to those who didn't return.

Unfortunately the Space hangar is being worked on at the moment and is expected to open again in the Spring.

My husband did the Boneyard tour and was impressed but they spend so long checking and re-checking your credentials the tour is cut down to one hour.

The volunteers are charming and informative, restrooms are spotless and the icecream at the cafe was lovely.

The two day ticket is very good value and we bought it so we could go twice. A great day out.
Written January 3, 2020
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doug a
Budapest, Hungary24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Anyone who loves to look at airplanes will thoroughly enjoy the Pima Air Museum. Bring good walking shoes. The outdoor area (in addition to the 4 indoor areas), covers many acres filled with every sort of restored plane imaginable. I particularly enjoyed the indoor museum dedicated to the B-17s. I finally wore out after 4 hours and still hadn't seen everything. There is an onsite cafeteria that provides lunch for a reasonable price. Entry fees are also very reasonable; I only paid $20 for an all-day pass.
Written February 11, 2020
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Moopar1956
Tucson, AZ27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum is worth the trip, numerous buildings to visit so you can avoid the heat of the day. I would recommend going on the boneyard your first then the museum. The boneyard tour by bus and very cool. Food is available at the museum. Be sure to sign up for the tour several weeks prior to clear your background check and reserve the day you want to visit. Tours fill up quick
Written February 24, 2020
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Damond B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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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steve1317
Someville NJ13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
For those into technical specifications of planes, this is a godsend.

For those like me who have no feel for that subject, I was overwhelmed by the exhibits.

You must, cannot miss the B-37 exhibit which is housed in a separate building a short
walk from the entrance building. It recapitulates the role of the B-37 in WWII and what the pilots and all others went through. It brought tears to me eyes. It was emotionally moving. The stories about the life of POWS and especially the operation to bring
food to starving Dutch citizens in the closing days of WWII were told in dramatic fashion and with such vividness that I will remember it for years to come.

I came not knowing what to expect and left so glad that I was there
Written January 19, 2020
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brachiopod251
Logan, UT82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Before wandering on your own around the outdoor section of this museum, take the tram tour. It is narrated by very well-informed docents who give background information on many of the planes you will pass. This is important because the outdoor planes have little to no information posted other than the name of the aircraft. Some have QR codes you can scan with your mobile phone that are supposed to link to information, but none of them were working on the day of my visit. All returned the message "server stopped responding". Inside the hangars, the docents are full of interesting information. Get them going with a question and just let them talk, or eavesdrop as they answer other guests.
Written January 16, 2020
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Heather B
Wilkes-Barre, PA134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I mostly went because my husband was interested, but I really enjoyed this place. They have planes and helicopters of all descriptions, with information about each: from the smallest to the jumbos, and many that have played a significant part in history. They even have planes that JFK and Eisenhower traveled in--how cool is that? Many are in hangers with supporting exhibits, but they also have a trolley ride that takes you all around the planes outside, with drivers who know all about each one and supply an interesting narrative. (There's a small extra charge for the trolley, but it's money well spent.) This is a great place for both adults and kids to spend some time.
Written March 1, 2020
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JohnGalt2
Oxnard, CA822 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This place sure has a lot of hardware on the ground. It was a hot day and I did not spend much time looking at all of the aircraft outside. Doing this would probably take a full day even if you could drive a car around the field, which you can’t. The highlight was the B-17 museum of the 390th Bomb Group and the subexhibit of the 95th Bomb Group. Although the number of planes is vast, I was disappointed that there were few displays relaying important stories about the aircraft. Usually there was just a small plaque naming the plane, providing statistics and ownership data. Air museums that I have seen that tell better stories are the one in Balboa Park, San Diego and the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.
Written September 30, 2020
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