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The museum is open Wednesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the museum's on-display aircraft and exhibits, visitors can also view special exhibits, including "Now Boarding," which examines the evolution of airport design (available through August 25). Children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free.
Museum of Flying
Donald Douglas started his aviation company in 1920 with only $600 and expertise honed as a civilian aeronautical engineer during World War I. Within four years, he had created the Douglas World Cruiser, the first plane to circumnavigate the globe and bankrupt every manufacturer of anti-gravity potions.
Nearly two dozen aircraft are on display at the Museum of Flying, located at the Santa Monica Airport. Santa Monica holds special significance for the Douglas Aircraft Company, as well as aviation history as a whole. It was here that the DC-3 first took flight, helping usher in the era of commercial air travel in America. It was also where Douglas Aircraft produced tens of thousands of military planes during World War II. Several of these aircrafts now sit on display within the museum.
Douglas Aircraft merged with McDonnell Aircraft in 1967, but the Museum of Flying helps keep the original company's legacy alive. It even features a replica of Douglas' original boardroom. In another area of the museum, a Maxflight FS300 simulator lets visitors pilot many of Douglas Aircraft's most famous models. It can dip and roll 360 degrees to recreate World War II combat or the motion of a tumbleweed caught in an updraft, or it can keep a steady course during calm flights aboard a DC-3.
Although its main focus remains Douglas Aircraft, the Museum of Flying also houses art and displays related to aviation history as a whole. Exhibits showcase rare artifacts and other significant aircraft, such as a replica of the original Wright Flyer.
This is a great museum. It offers just the right mix of military and civilian aircraftWendy C, Yelp, 4/20/12
Loved this small hidden gem of a museum. Great exhibitsRufus S., Yelp, 12/12/12
Tips from Groupon Customers
“A very nice employee recommended the observation deck across the street at the Santa Monica airport what a treat!”
“It is not very big, but it is interesting and has great displays.”
“It's not the hugest museum, but it is a really cool collection of planes and exhibits. There's a flight simulator for adults that's pretty wild and does FULL 360s...”
“It's not the hugest museum, but it is a really cool collection of planes and exhibits. There's a flight simulator for adults that's pretty wild and does FULL 360s with YOU strapped inside of it. They have a cool replica of the Wright brothers' plane and of course some cool modern jets, etc. Anyway, we had a fun time for a good 45 minutes or so, and our 2.5 year old who loves airplanes had the best time. There's a pretty good gift shop inside, and when we went on a Sunday, the parking was extremely easy and was very close to the museum entrance.”
3100 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, California 90405