Museum of Flying

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In a Nutshell

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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  • $10 for museum admission for two adults or seniors (up to a $20 value)
  • $16 for museum admission for two adults or seniors and two children (up to a $32 value)

Children under the age of 3 are admitted for free.

The museum is open Friday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is at 4:30 p.m. In addition to the museum’s on-display aircraft and exhibits, visitors can also view aviation art throughout the museum, including three murals painted by noted artist and historian Mike Machat.

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

Great exhibits.
Debora R. · November 12, 2013
Though it's a smaller facility since it moved, I had just as much fun as when I was a kid. Loved the rotating exhibit about environmentally friendly and architecturally innovative airports; also was pleased we made it to the final day of the exhibition about the history of commercial flight. A lovely staff member turned on the Wright flyer replica for us, and various staff told us interesting trivia about the planes on display. Got lots of fun photos in the plane cockpits. Didn't get through everything, so we're already planning a return visit, possibly a membership. Thanks!
Ashley Z. · November 12, 2013
Nice museum, good displays. You can get up close to the planes. I wish it was bigger but a good value for the admission price.
Kerry N. · November 12, 2013

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