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Museum of Flying

3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-6113
+1 310-398-2500
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Great place to take your kids or grandkids

We visited with our 3 grandkids. They have docents positioned around the museum to help explain the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sheila Z
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Manhattan Beach, California
Interesting stop

While you are on the west side near the beach, stop by the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
buffalojim67
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Lawrence, Kansas
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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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3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-6113
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with our 3 grandkids. They have docents positioned around the museum to help explain the planes. There are a couple of cockpits they can climb into and pretend to fly the plane. They also had a scavenger hunt for the kids, and they...More

Thank Sheila Z
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

While you are on the west side near the beach, stop by the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport. It offers some interesting information and displays about flight history in the U.S.

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

My kids enjoyed the hands on aspect of the museum and though we did not do the flight simulator, it looked fun! Our favorite part was watching the planes take off and land from the observation deck at the airport.

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Reviewed April 21, 2017

This museum is located at the Santa Mnica's landmark airport. It's small with fairly large collection of small planes and even a cockpit of a jet plane that one can sit in. Some memorabilia and a bit of written history on display makes it interesting....More

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Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

We met friends and their kids ages 4-13 for what turned into a perfect afternoon. The museum is small but delightful. The docents were all happy to be there and share their interesting knowledge. All the kids were engaged be it the hands on controls...More

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Reviewed February 13, 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...More

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Reviewed January 27, 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...More

Thank Niall C
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Reviewed January 25, 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.

Thank Alice D
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Reviewed November 30, 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...More

Thank r S
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Reviewed November 27, 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.

Thank flyboy1946
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