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Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose McMinnville

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Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville
OR
97128
Tel: 503 434 4185

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Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, just 45 minutes southwest of Portland, Oregon.

Where are we going today?

There are many reasons to visit the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, but only one that really matters. The Spruce Goose! The world's largest wood airplane, folly or masterpiece (or both) of crazed billionaire Howard Hughes. Every museum wants at least one exhibit worthy of a postcard, and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has the biggest one of all. The centerpiece or "crown jewel" of the Evergreen Aviation Museum is a plane known around the world as the "Spruce Goose."

Other features range from the Wright brothers' work to a 2,000 mile an hour Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, via all things aeronautical.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25
  • Children$23
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Daily 9am to 5pm.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Sunday.

I'm Hungry!

Several dining and refreshment options..

Need a little extra help?

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Theater are fully wheelchair accessible. Several wheelchairs available for guests, elevators provided..

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    What an unexpected find on my way to Portland. Lots of the Hotels I wanted were full or priced higher than I wanted so I ended up in McMinnville Oregon. Now that I was there I looked around for something to visit the next day, and WOW! What a museum of flight. As I only had a few morning hours I examined all the exterior planes and was impressed. Even a MIG 29! The incredible find was that the Spruce Goose was here! Well I loved the drive into the museum, as the road is painted as it it was a runway! Nice touch. Then the planes on the outside are...Read More

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    The museum is very impressive I must say. But, I paid $25 pp for my son and I to see the Spruce Goose. I almost walked away when I saw the price. The to add insult to injury as I reached the top of the stairs and went inside the SG, I found myself in a glassed off room where a sign read, for $25 more I could get a picture in the cockpit of the plane. Really?! If I'd known that I wouldn't have even paid the admission. Talk about bait and switch. A little unethical too not to be informed before entering the museum, say on a sign at the entrance maybe....Read More

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    I feel that this museum is amazing. For being a private museum, it is very well priced. I think people don't realize that this is not a government organization, they do not receive any kind of government funding. Only through donations and admission tickets can they stay open. It truly amazes me how people don't understand that. They also offer multiple discounts, groupons, and year long memberships that are more than worth it if you're willing to look.
    As for the Spruce Goose tours, they cannot have it free to the public. As many of the planes...Read More

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    Undeniably the greatest air museum/water park in the world. For two hours of my life, I felt like a little kid again. The best fathers day I have ever had!

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    This a Favorite Place for us to take friends and visitors. Our GrandBoys, aged 7 & 9 absolutely love visiting. They find something new each time. We enjoy the IMAX theatre as well. If you are planning on multiple visits a family pass for a year is a great money saver.

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by Charles Carlin

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What an unexpected find on my way to Portland. Lots of the Hotels I wanted were full or priced higher than I wanted so I ended up in McMinnville Oregon. Now that I was there I looked around for something to visit the next day, and WOW! What a museum of flight. As I only had a few morning hours I examined all the exterior planes and was impressed. Even a MIG 29! The incredible find was that the Spruce Goose was here! Well I loved the drive into the museum, as the road is painted as it it was a runway! Nice touch. Then the planes on the outside are all around the giant hanger that houses the spruce goose and LOTS of other planes!. When the museum opened I only had an hour before I needed to meet someone at the Portland airport. So, for 25 bucks I chose to be content with mty exterior portion of the museum, and a glance into the big hanger. This looks to me like a place to spend the day, with all the displays inside, and a giant theatre next door. I will come back to this one sometime. so till then, happy travels. This is definitely worth the side trip it you are in Portland.

by James Reid

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The museum is very impressive I must say. But, I paid $25 pp for my son and I to see the Spruce Goose. I almost walked away when I saw the price. The to add insult to injury as I reached the top of the stairs and went inside the SG, I found myself in a glassed off room where a sign read, for $25 more I could get a picture in the cockpit of the plane. Really?! If I'd known that I wouldn't have even paid the admission. Talk about bait and switch. A little unethical too not to be informed before entering the museum, say on a sign at the entrance maybe. Ruined the rest of my museum experience .

by Amy Middleton

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I feel that this museum is amazing. For being a private museum, it is very well priced. I think people don't realize that this is not a government organization, they do not receive any kind of government funding. Only through donations and admission tickets can they stay open. It truly amazes me how people don't understand that. They also offer multiple discounts, groupons, and year long memberships that are more than worth it if you're willing to look.
As for the Spruce Goose tours, they cannot have it free to the public. As many of the planes are artifacts, they would quickly be destroyed by the wear and tear if they were open to everyone. It's an amazing museum with great employees, volunteers, and exhibits.

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