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Museum of Flying

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Address: 3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-6113
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+1 310-398-2500
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the...

Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979 at 3200 Airport Avenue. The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr, the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012. The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from a Wright Flyer replica!

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GOOD AIRCRAFT MUSEUM AT SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

The Museum of Flying is located at the entrance to the Santa Monica Airport. There are lots of vintage airplanes on display inside and outside including the old workhorse DC-3... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 November 2016
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Carlsbad, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very friendly and helpful staff, interesting and educational. We were impressed by the history of Douglas, didn't realize what we had in our very backyard. My 12 yo son really liked that they had training and real cockpits you can sit in. We also really liked the replica of the Wright Brother's first airplane, which was featured in Night At... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

My son, Hamilton and I visited your wonderful Museum of Flying yesterday and i needed to write to say thank you. We had a fantastic time and wish to thank all your people who we talked with and who showed us around that they made it a very special visit - the 727, the board room, the planes and the... More 

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Venice, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

A nice place for families and folks who love flying. This is located on the same small airport property that used to be home to McDonald Douglas Aircraft.

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Thank Alice D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Recently visited the museum with my family and 7 year old son . It was very short stay less then hour and except of one employee other were a bit rude and very opinitated about children being able to learn and satisfy there imagniation but can be exciting for younger kids. There are few planes and a live rescue truck... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I had never heard of this museum but I am glad I saw it in a tour book. There are a great selection of displays particularly highlighting the history of the Douglas Aircraft Corporation.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The Museum of Flying is located at the entrance to the Santa Monica Airport. There are lots of vintage airplanes on display inside and outside including the old workhorse DC-3. The airplanes all have good information plaques explaining when they were in service. There is even a cockpit from a Boeing 727 that you can sit in. Also there is... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

great museum off the beaten path. nice walking tour good exhibits easy to get to off main streets do miss

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Santa Monica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you have a love of airplanes, do not miss The Museum of flying....lots of great vintage aircrafts. A local treasure!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Not a huge place, has a 20-25 place parking lot with a small park outside, but a great small historical place to show your kids a little bit of important history! My pre-teen & teenager enjoyed the exhibits and learning. We even got a self-appointed docent for a little while, which was interesting.

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Thank Deborah P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

You have a diversity of beautiful planes, you can sit in two diferent cockpits and you can enjoy a flight simulator. It's a small cute museum you can enjoy with your family.

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