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Lyon Air Museum

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Address: 19300 Ike Jones Rd, 19300 Ike Jones Road, 92707, Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana, CA 92707-5229
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+1 714-210-4585
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is a 30,000-sq.ft. facility based at John Wayne...

Lyon Air Museum (LAM) is a 30,000-sq.ft. facility based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. Founded by Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), the museum houses a fleet of superbly conditioned, operational and historically significant World War II-era aircraft and vehicles. Docent-led tours take visitors for a walk through history as they stroll among machines and artifacts that helped define the 20th century. Interactive educational exhibits intended to inspire viewers provide in-depth narratives about the history of each aircraft.

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nice collection of vintage planes

It's a great venue for work parties. we were able to sit around all of the planes, take pictures in front of them, and even walk inside these old planes that flew in WWII and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Orange, California
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Orange, California
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great venue for work parties. we were able to sit around all of the planes, take pictures in front of them, and even walk inside these old planes that flew in WWII and shortly after. Very Interesting place!

Thank doctorwinkelman
Sacramento, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a hidden gem near the Orange Co airport. Very reasonable price, no crowds, very knowledgeable docents, great exhibits. Whats not to to like

Thank Tribesman5398
Santa Ana, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I don't exchange Christmas gifts. But when I saw the Tripadvisor special on the Lyons Air Museum, I just had to buy it for my husband. The half-off price was very enticing too. He loves airplanes and airplane history/war memorabilia which the Lyons Museum is filled with. You can easily spend an hour or more there. Surprise... More 

Thank FreddyDoodle
Santa Ana, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is not huge but they have the planes well displayed with information about each plane. It is all indoors so you can visit anytime of the year. The vintage vehicles are beautifully restored. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank EClark105
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the type of place I would normally drive past, so when I realised we were going there for dinner I was unsure I would like it. I was wrong. The collection is amazing and the history of the planes and cars was well told and really made me strop and think. There was something particularly powerful about sitting... More 

Thank Esker H
CA and DE
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Flying into John Wayne airport, this is a great stop before heading out to a hotel. I strongly recommend this museum. If you like planes or cars, don't miss this. The planes and cars are in incredible shape - all in working order. We spent hours walking around with the docent, and on our own. We also stopped at the... More 

Thank Jean_on_a_beach
The O.C., California
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104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I give very few Excellent ratings to my reviews, but this museum is deserving. General William Lyon has put on display equipment that was used in WWII. Planes, trucks, motorcycles, bombers, transports all in working order. Docents are available to explain what you are seeing and offer personal and behind the scenes stories of great interest. Entrance fees are minimal.... More 

Thank TravelAgentDave
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Great family event! Planes and artifacts are amazing. The docents and volunteers make this museum so much more than just a bunch of hardware. The kids love watching planes takeoff just outside at John Wayne. Been there three times now. Check it out!

Thank deepsix2
Colton, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 23 January 2017

All aircraft are beyond well maintained and in pristine condition! I was extremely delighted to see these aircraft as they should be presented as part of their rich aviation history. The entire museum reflects the pride in their collection and is a must see for anyone who comes to Southern California!

Thank badlandscb
Anaheim, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This museum is in a hangar on the back side of the John Wayne Airport, but so worth the time to find it and visit! I love that they have special parking for our Military Veterans too! When you first enter the museum, you are greeted by warm and friendly personnel, and the docents there are so knowledgable and friendly!... More 

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