Museum of Flying

Sunset Park

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Nearly two dozen planes chronicle aviation from the Wright brothers through the jet age, with emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft Company

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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.

Customer Reviews

614 Ratings

Small but mighty museum! Kids had a blast! Very interesting and interactive.
Shannon K. · November 7, 2016
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!
Jodi F. · September 19, 2016
Very nice little place for a short visit with the family!
Deborah P. · September 17, 2016
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    Santa Monica, CA 90405


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