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Mitchell Gallery of Flight

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Address: 5300 S Howell Ave, Main Terminal, Upper Level, Near Concourse D Entrance, Milwaukee, WI 53207-6156
Phone Number:
+1 414-747-4503
This attraction is at General Mitchell Airport
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

We are a non-profit aviation museum located inside Milwaukee's General...

We are a non-profit aviation museum located inside Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport.

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Great place to kill time and learn

MKE airport has a hidden gem in the public main concourse (before TSA screening) where you can kill time and learn about aviation, Gen. Billy Mitchell, Capt. Sijan, and Capt Jim... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

MKE airport has a hidden gem in the public main concourse (before TSA screening) where you can kill time and learn about aviation, Gen. Billy Mitchell, Capt. Sijan, and Capt Jim Lovell. Also, numerous model planes, photos, airport history, and it's FREE!

Thank Mike2847
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I make it a habit to get to the airport early each time I fly, and frequently I go into the Gallery of Flight exhibit. Such a nice look at Milwaukee's history . . . and a great review of how flight has progressed over the years.

Thank Ryan J
Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice history of the local area and contribution to flight. A little small, but not unexpected for a small local airport.

Thank jeffreyhunt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice exhibit with lots of models. Everything seems to tie back to Milwaukee in the exhibit. Will stop in again when I leave Milwaukee.

Thank Zachary C
Appleton, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Very good exhibit on the early history of how the airplane replaced the battleship as the core of the U.S. Navy's battle plans.

Thank Hiexpectations48
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Gen Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee MKE I hate airports; let's face it, what is fun about standing in line to check-in? Standing in line to pass TSA muster - standing in line to buy an overpriced beverage because TSA made you throw yours away? Some Airports go out of their way to lessen this "travel shock." The General Mitchell International... More 

Thank FreewayFritz
Park Ridge, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

By all means, if u r a student of history, this is the place to visit & learn. Outstanding exhibits, & the star of the show, Billy Mitchell, the greatest pilot that ever lived.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Free! small museum upstairs in the airport. Not so "cutting-edge" or interactive: models, uniforms, letters and other artifacts. Covers the history of air traffic, flight, local pilots and the airport. Old school, but the price is right. We often go with my 5-year old to look at the models, which he enjoys. Worth a look.

Thank Jenny_and_Carlos
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport has a history going back to the 1920s, located on the upper level of the airport terminal, before security, this free museum tells the story of aviation history in Milwaukee. Displays include many models, including an incredibly detailed "Barbie" sized jet cockpit that is simply amazing. Worth a few minutes of your time to check out

Thank Eric W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

My youngest is enthusiastic about air travel lately. This is the perfect free museum to take them to. It has a lot of local history about the airport and the man for whom it is named. Lots of models to look at. Then a good idea is to eat at a table by the window in the brewery and watch... More 

Thank Amanda M

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