Oakland Aviation Museum

8252 Earhart Rd, Oakland, CA 94621 Directions
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Stephanie S.
Report | a month ago
It's a small museum with self-serve reading next to each exhibit.
Ashley M.
Report | a month ago
Great place to take kids who love airplanes!
Report | a month ago
Try the Turbinophone!
Marian B.
Report | 2 months ago
If taking children, reading beforehand a child's book on the history of aviation would be good. The young volunteer was helpful and it was nice to see someone so young be giving of their time.
Terri L.
Report | 2 months ago
Wear a coat because it is cold in the hangers.
Kathleen S.
Report | 2 months ago
Give yourself enough time to explore the museum. At least 2 hours.
Brittany W.
Report | 2 months ago
The membership is the best deal because then you can come back on cockpit days which seems like a fun and rare opportunity. Really cool exhibits on Amelia Earhart and Benjamin Davis!
sherri s.
Report | 2 months ago
Bring a jacket and comfortable shoes for walking
stephen g.
Report | 3 months ago
wear comfortable shoes; you will spend more time than you thought. Visit on an off hour. The F-14 pinball machine is GREAT.
signa g.
Report | 4 months ago
Especially enjoyed the story about Amelia Earhart.
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In the 1940’s, the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar at Oakland International Airport’s North Field housed some of the company’s brightest aeronautical engineers. Their work produced several early Boeing planes, including the Thorp T-3 and T-5, both of which are now on display thanks to the hangar’s current resident, the Oakland Aviation Museum.

Most of the museum’s exhibits focus on celebrating local aviation history, such as The American Legion’s involvement in the Bay Area and the history of native Californian and Medal of Honor awardee General James “Jimmy” Doolittle. However, the museum’s collection of aircraft features a broader mix, including a replica of the Wright Brothers’ EX Vin Fiz, a TAV-8A Herrier that can take off and land vertically, and the Short Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

More interactive sites include flight simulators, a kid’s area, a research library, and occasional Open Cockpit Days that let visitors climb into the cockpit of a real Korean fighter jet and turn the radio up really loud. The knowledgeable staff operates the museum with the goal of both educating visitors about aviation’s proud history on the West Coast and throughout the U.S., as well as to inspire visitors by linking aviation’s past to the future of aeronautical invention.

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