Museum of Flying

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3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405 3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+13103982500
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Museum of Flying displays the loveliest pieces of art and culture in Santa Monica, CA. If you're looking for a fun time, make plans to visit this museum.

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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 11 days ago
Staff informative and helpful
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Report | 3 months ago
Pretty cool spot, not sure if it's always as empty as it was while I was there, but it sure was nice to have the place to ourselves. The staff was very informative and seemed as passionate about it as those attending. Nice experience.
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Report | 5 months ago
Small but mighty museum! Kids had a blast! Very interesting and interactive.
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Report | 6 months ago
My husband and I found it very interesting and informative and my kids (ages 8 & 11) loved it as well. There are a couple of planes and cockpits you can get in and touch the controls which my kids went nuts for. My 8 year old son asked when we could go back before we even left. The docents were very nice and had loads of information. There is also a flight simulator. Cool!
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Report | 6 months ago
Very nice little place for a short visit with the family!
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Report | 7 months ago
Very historical....great from kids to all ages.
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Report | 7 months ago
Easy parking, informed docents, great displays, and a lot of variety in a small place.
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Report | 8 months ago
I rated this 4 stars, because I had a sentimental connection to the museum. It is small, but interesting. Nice way to spend 2-3 hours.
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Report | 8 months ago
This is a wonderful museum with an amazing assortment of aircraft and history. Just outside the entrance, we were greeted by a volunteer who unlocked a plane and allowed our son to climb in so he could explore and we could take photos. Once inside the museum, we were again greeted by a lovely lady who gave us an amazing tour and explainEd the history of the Wright brothers. I highly recommend this for just about anyone.
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Though small, it is certainly big on history and the docents are incredibly knowledgable and engaging. The flight simulator is fun. They have interesting movies they can play depending on the audience too.
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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.

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Thu
Closed
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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