Did you know that the Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest non-government funded air and space museums in the entire WORLD? Yes kids, and YOU can visit there on your next family day out in Arizona!
It's on the 80 acres of exhibit space that you'll see more than 350 aircraft and spacecraft (including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced) both from the United States and throughout the world - so kids, if you just LOVE planes, then this might be the place for you!
You can go back in time to the beginning of aviation, and see a real Wright Flyer (kids, make sure you learn about the Wright Brothers when you visit the museum, they were very important!), as well as a 787 Dreamliner, and a LOT in between!
There are six indoor exhibit hangars, with three of those dedicated to WWII, so get those comfortable shoes on, there is a lot to explore! Kids (and adults!) are allowed to touch most of the planes, so it's an amazing learning experience for kids!
The Pima Air & Space Museum is easily navigated via self-guided tour, but great way to see all the exhibits and really appreciate the history, is to enjoy a FREE 50 minute docent-led tour showing the highlights, and a museum ground Tram Tour (with an additional cost) - there is also a FREE 60 minute docent-led tour of the WWII collection!
We haven't even started about the space exhibits, showing the history of aircraft used by the US Air Force and NASA, and kids can learn about the scientific exploration of Mars, among other things!
So kids, are you ready to BLAST OFF into your next family day out at the Pima Air & Space Museum? 3, 2, 1, let's GO!
$19.50 13+ (1 day pass) / $26 (2-day pass)
Ages 5 to 12: $13 (1 day pass) / $15.50 (2-day pass)
Seniors & Pima County Residents: $16.75 / $15.25
General admission covers the main hangars, three World War II Hangers, the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery, the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame and so much more!
The Flight Grill is the perfect place to grab a quick burger, salad or seasonal special. You also get a great view overlooking the Navy and Air Force Fighters!
They have some super fun family events like Night of Fright and the Great Paper Aeroplane Fly Off, so check the website for dates!
The Museum Store has a host of merchandise that you can pick up, from apparel, hats, toys and more!
The museum provides a wonderful opportunity for students to be immersed in the world of aviation and aerospace. Reservations for school and youth group tours must be booked a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. There is NO admission fee for students/chaperones for prearranged school and youth group tours.
There are healthy options in the grill
All of the museum buildings are accessible. Accessible parking spaces (handicapped permit required) are located near the entrance to the museum. A paved walkway connects the Main Hangar, Hangar 3, 4 and 5 while the remainder of the outdoor acreage is generally hard-packed dirt. It can be difficult for a thin-wheeled vehicle to move easily in the areas with loose sand when viewing the 150 aircraft outdoors.
Both the “Boneyard”/AMARG Bus Tour and the Tram Tour of the Pima Air & Space Museum’s grounds are available with accessible seating however they need advanced notification: a minimum of 10 business days for the "Boneyard"/AMARG bus, 30 minutes for the Tram.
They have limited accessible exhibits for children. Currently only the Lunar Landing Simulator in the Dorothy Finley Space Gallery can be accessed from a standard-height wheelchair (there is no paved path to the Space Gallery.)
Pima Air & Space Museum does not have wheelchairs available
Do your kids like to build model airplanes, experiment with rockets, learn about flight, or explore aviation and aerospace? If so they have the STEM program for you! If not, these STEM programs may inspire them!
Soarin' Saturdays repeat monthly and are free with paid or member admission. All programs, approximately 90-minutes in length, are held in the Space Gallery Classroom and parent participation is required.