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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in McMinnville
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Sadly we only had time for a quick visit here as we had a long journey ahead. We'd been wanting to see the Spruce Goose for a long time so decided to visit anyway. We were really impressed with this attraction. All the exhibits were clearly explained and the volunteer docents were very helpful too.

A note on visiting the Spruce Goose: you can climb up and go inside a small area as part of your standard entrance fee, but if you want to see more of the plane there are special VIP tours available for an extra fee. I think you need to call ahead for more information.

We will definitely return, for a longer visit next time.

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

We visited Evergreen for the sole purpose of wanting to see the famous Spruce Goose. While it was great to see, it's positioning in the hall was a little disappointing. You couldn't get a good view of the front of it as it was almost right up against the glass wall and it was surrounded by too many other planes which detracted from the Spruce Goose itself, they would have been better located a bit further away. We didn't pay the extra $25 to go into the actual cockpit of the plane, that was a bit steep, $10 would have been reasonable as it was $20 to enter the museum anyway. We did enjoy the other exhibits there too and also the space exhibit which will be further enhanced in the future when the space shuttle arrives. We spent three hours wandering around Evergreen and it is worth a visit. If you have kids, there is also a newly opened Water Park.

Thank GourmetTravellers
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We drove from Portland to see the "water park with the 747 on the roof". It was very cool! Climb up the stairs into the belly of the plane into one of four water slides. Most allow you to slide down in single or double inner tubes. Adults and kids of all ages were enjoying these slides. There is also a fun wave pool where every three minutes or so the waves turn on and throw you around a bit. For the little kids (and their grown-ups) they have a play area with smaller slides and a whirlpool that spins you around. There is a cafe for a lunchtime break or you can bring your own snacks to eat there. The only downer is that they do not provide any towels unless you buy one so we had to air dry before heading home. If we hadnt been so gloriously tired we would have checked out the aviation museum as well. It looked good

Thank emtoothfxr
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Located an hour or so south of Portland, the Evergreen Aviation Museum is best known for housing the Spruce Goose built by Howard Hughes but it has so much more. The original building housing aircraft follows the history of flight from models of the Wright Brothers up to WWI and WWII aircraft and modern jets. Being history buffs, my husband, son and I took our time reading each display and looking at the various aircraft, and viewing associated videos. That took the full morning. In the afternoon, we went across the parking lot to the second building housing the Space Museum filled with rockets tracing modern weaponry, space suits used for training by astronauts, space capsules, and an in-depth description of the race to land on the moon. The $20 adult admission for an entire day of being so close to fascinating and valuable aircraft and historical artifacts was well worth the price. If your time line is short you could probably view both buildings more quickly, but will wish you had allowed more time. There is also an IMAX Theatre for an additional charge. Both buildings also have interactive dispalys for children. A small cafeteria serves light lunches. A big salute to the innovative people who had the initiative and foresight to create this collection of invaluable artifacts.

Thank islandgirl905
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

First thing I saw was that 747 on top of a building, had no idea there was a water park along with 2 museums. But what really was going through my mind was that this is sitting in the middle of a grape vineyard in McMinnville, OR,, where? I had read that the Spruce Goose was at the museum so i figured why not go see it? I was driving up the coast of OR and it's only around 50 miles to McMinnville. If you love airplanes like I do you don't want to miss this place. For me the best part is they have a lot of older gentlemen working that either worked on the planes or flew them. These guys can answer any of your questions and give you information that can't be found anywhere else. There's a second museum that's more of a space museum, but it does contain some very awesome aircraft, like a SR-71 Blackbird. There's also an I Max theater, but we didn't have time for it. If you don't care about the museums, go to the water park, your kids will love it. Plan on staying most if not all day. Check out the web site for more info.
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org

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