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Southern Museum of Flight

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Address: 4343 73rd St N, Birmingham, AL 35206-3642
Phone Number: +1 205-833-8226
09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:30

An aircraft hangar museum with exhibits of authentic old airplanes.

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A Definite Go See

My retired army husband and I enjoyed at least 2 hours here and it was very interesting and would recommend it to anyone with a military or flight interest. This is a good one and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Lori-Ann S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

My retired army husband and I enjoyed at least 2 hours here and it was very interesting and would recommend it to anyone with a military or flight interest. This is a good one and Barber Motorsports for sure.

Thank Lori-Ann S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We actually went with 4 young children because we'd heard they had a great play room. They were welcoming and so friendly. Our boys had a blast in the play room and we all enjoyed seeing the museum. We took a picnic and enjoyed lunch outside under the plane!

Thank ksNOLA
Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This little gem is off the beaten track by the airport. While not being overly large it is very good. Many interesting displays of aircraft, engines, and artifacts and even a few basic simulators. Handicap accessible and worth a visit.

1 Thank mroadking
Gardendale, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We always have fun when we visit the Southern Museum of Flight. We also get a membership every year and it puts you in an association that allows you to use the membership at other science museums. Great value!

1 Thank TeaTea5353
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We took a cub scout troop and the boys loved it. Very cool to be able to get close to things they usually dream about!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Around 100 planes on exhibit, 1/3 of them indoors. Most indoor planes are part of dioramas, or story telling exhibits. Tours available by reservation for groups of 10 or more. No extra charge for 1 hr guided tours. General admission for adults is only $7, $6 for seniors and tour groups. Nice gift shop and very friendly personnel. Planes as... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I've retired from the Air Force, and I've been to the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio which is certainly the premier museum for those interested in the history of our service. That being said, if Dayton, Ohio is not a possibility for you, and you just happen to be in the vicinity of the... More 

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ace123j, Director Emeritus at Southern Museum of Flight, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Col Riley. We hope you will stop by again when you are in Birmingham. We work hard to make the Southern Museum of Flight an interesting and fun place to visit. Many of our staff are active and retired military who strive for excellence in the development of the exhibits. We lookmforwardmto seeing you again. Jim... More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

This is a great aviation museum! We only had an hour to check it out, which wasn't enough time. There is a military room, an early flight room, and an experimental room. There are also a bunch of simulators, enough for each of us to play around and have fun. They also have a number of static displays, both directly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The museum is certainly worth visiting,the locale is not great,but if you can get past that,it is a great experience. The staff is very helpful and the exhibits are easy to see and lots of them are working and interactive. One special bonus is that the museum is geared to Eagle Scout projects-which we found out when we visited. This... More 

1 Thank Barb C
Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We went here on an off day from work in June. We didnt expect much but was really impressed. It was bigger than I thought. It took us about an hour to tour the museum. They have an area with a lot of experimental planes that was interesting. Being close...ish to Tuskegee, there is a lot of black history here.

Thank Jamie E

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