The Museum Of Flying Santa Monica
Where is it at?
The Museum Of Flying
3100 Airport Avenue
Where are we going today?
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away! Not literally, but you can still fly at The Museum Of Flying in their super fun simulator! But we'll get to that....
The museum is a fascinating collection for all of those who just love planes and the history of aviation. The museum is filled to the brim with artifacts and actual planes, where you can learn all of the stories behind them and their intriguing histories.
For those who know their planes, you can encounter up close the Cessna 172, a proper Boeing 727 within their Cockpit exhibition, and a Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk". *crackle* come in, Sir, come in, can you read me *crackle*....
Their aircraft on display chronicle the history of light, and the entire aviation industry within Southern California.
They even have a replica Wright Flyer! Have a look at what completely started the aviation industry that we know today. How do you think they came up with the design? How far do you think it flew when they first tested it?
They also have a great collection of aviation art and rare artifacts to be enjoyed, as well as a hands-on interactive education area for kids which includes a T-33 cocktpit trainer, and (we told you we'd get to this) a real K-3 mini flight simulator where kids can actually learn how to pitch, yaw and roll! It will be like you are actually flying! It also has a fully interactive 360 degree pitch and roll - and that means, yes, it will be like you are actually flying upside down! You can choose your aircraft, and enjoy a realistic experience with its HD 3D images and 5 speaker surround sound!
Have an intense air battle in the Pacific, or just enjoy a nice and relaxing flight over Los Angeles!
So officer - where to next?
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (ages 3 -12)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
Friday to Sunday 10am - 5pm (Last entry 4:30pm)
Closed Monday to Thursday
They offer children's group tours with discounted rates for 10 or more. .
Any Top Tips?
There is no age limit to use the simulator, but there is a 4ft height minimum. .
You can hold your birthday party there on weekends, from 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm - and enjoy a fun party time as well as museum tour and Charlie Brown aviation movie! .
What people are saying?
by Nick Giffin
Great museum. I especially liked the many civilian aviation exhibits, though there was no shortage of military ones with several unique displays like the Blackbird with mounted drone and the SR-71 cockpit to sit in. Waking through the planes like the 747 and Concord was very neat, too.
by Vahid Jannesar
Awesome collection of early flyers, WWI & WWII, Cold War, first Boeing factory, amazing NASA stuff like space shuttle, US section of international space station, capsules, moon car, ...
Kids fun and educational activities!
Full Motion Flight simulator in a very low price!
It's only open from 10am-4pm, yet lots of stuff to see.
Definitely a must go for the whole family!!!
by Zachary Palmer
At first I didn't want to visit the museum... But I'm glad I went. It's actually pretty amazing. Years of flight history in one area. I enjoy the history of WW's and this museum has a fantastic exhibit of both. When you consider in one room the Wright Brothers plane and the Stealth Bomber is only separated by 60 years - you think of all the amazing advances society has made in such a short time - and the possibilities to come.
by Feu Fabricio
Really nice, they've got good replicas, real ones and even a flight simulator. The attached space museum is even better than nasa's!
by Logan Cadwallader
My "Kid in a candy store" experience for the weekend. Very reasonably priced, extensive displays of static aircraft from the beginning of flight forward. Massive WW2 display area, with some of my favourites of the era, WW1 displays were impressive to say the least. Outside display area included walk thu's of Concorde (lot more cramped than I would have thought), Air Force 1 and more. Lucked out twice, as they had just brought out a TCA Constellation, and had a 1-to-1 tour of the B-17. Definately would like to go back again and again