Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsEducational sitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Rated by CNN as one of the top 14 Air Museums in the World. This facility Gives visitors an up-close look at the legendary fighters and bombers of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,576 contributions
    Lots of planes, but cluttered and uncurated
    I wanted to like the PS Air Museum and there is plenty to like - a huge collection of planes, including an F117 stealth bomber, a mountain backdrop and friendly docents - but these positives are outweighed by terrible presentation. The Air Museum is really a military museum, with 99% of the space devoted to America’s Air Force and planes starting in WWII. The collection is focused on 70 planes in three hangars and a dozen outside. One problem is that this space is jammed with miscellaneous war memorabilia. Why are there model ships, jeeps, gun collections and antique cars in an Air Museum? So much is crammed in that I felt almost claustrophobic in giant hangars. Another problem is that the Museum is filled with literal walls of written information. Every plane has multiple single-space paragraphs of detailed information. Each war and many individual operations and war stories are described in columns of text six feet high. Much of the information is repeated at different points in the Museum. It’s like reading a book printed on walls. It’s overwhelming, it’s way too much, and the result is that I gave up and stopped reading very quickly. This would be a great museum if they decluttered it and focused the information presented rather than burying visitors in an avalanche of technical specifications, facts and dates.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 January 2023
  • JRDEagan_Minnesota
    Eagan, Minnesota85 contributions
    Terrific military air museum.
    Extremely impressive museum, well worth the $20.00 (Senior) admission fee. While there are certainly numerous well-maintained airplanes on accessible display (and others that are being restored), what made this museum particularly interesting is the great amount of explanatory materials that accompany the airplanes, providing a great deal of historical background. There is even an F-117 Nighthawk on display, which surprised me considering the relative recency of the use of that plane.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 5 February 2023
  • baseballcardassassin
    Los Angeles, California94 contributions
    WWII Expert
    I enjoyed the WWII exhibits. A Dauntless dive bomber was awesome. Imagine nosediving 80 degrees and avoiding flak to drop two 500 pound bombs on a ship and returning to an aircraft carrier.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 11 February 2023
  • Jim F
    Toronto, Canada289 contributions
    Great Place to Spend and Hour orTwo
    This is a great place to visit full of history and planes, lots of planes. There are lots of volunteers who are full of knowledge and are more than willing to talk about the displays. We spent 15 minutes listening to one person talk all about the B-17 bomber that was on display. I am sure if we stayed he would have kept talking. All the planes have panels listing all about the plane, specifications, production numbers and uses. If you read all these displays you could be there for hours. It is an easy place to walk around both inside and outside. You can also try a flight simulator if you want for an extra cost. The also have a lot of history about the second, Vietnam and Korean War. I highly recommend making a visit to the museum. It would be great for people of all ages.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2023
  • John T
    Los Angeles, California211 contributions
    Great Collection of Planes
    Good collection of planes and related war time displays. They have several themed hangers and outside displays you can visit. You can also purchase tickets to go on a "Warbird Ride" but the prices start at around $100 for a cargo plane and goes up to $5,000 for a jet. Enjoyed the nose art and the variety of plane. Overall it was a nice way to spend an hour or so getting up close and reading about the airplanes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 6 April 2023
  • dbuyer
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania75 contributions
    GREAT HISTORY LESSON
    So much history!! The guides are all very knowledgeable and extremely friendly! Very impressive collection of not only aircraft, but from the Nazis to Vietnam. Even more when you venture outside! From a Stealth bomber to Walt Disneys Lear Jet. Very cool!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Travelimmersion
    93 contributions
    Great time
    Fabulous museum….not so fabulous front desk personnel. It’s our third trip to this museum because it is so great and the volunteers are so kind and helpful. But twice now , a gentleman name bill was selling tickets. He is a total grumpy old man, rude, and makes me want to not come back. He should not be the first person you meet upon entering this amazing air museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Ash D
    San Jose, California60 contributions
    Weave into the history of Aviation
    The Palm Springs Air Museum is a popular aviation museum located in Palm Springs, California in the desert! It houses a vast collection of vintage aircraft and exhibits that showcase the history of aviation. It houses WW2, Korean War, Vietnam War and War on Terror. Great way to learn about their significance in military and aviation history. All planes are in flyable conditions. Coolest airplane is Nighthawk. It's a fascinating place for aviation enthusiasts and history lovers alike! Definitely a fun activity for families and kids!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Cindy S
    2 contributions
    Wonderful place to see how beautiful our military is!!
    Fabulous visit. What a great museum. So much history and information. We had a fantastic time. You could spend hours and hours here there is so much to see. There are plenty of restrooms, cool displays, a cafe and a fabulous gift shop. We had a great time. Col. Robert Lilac was there when we went. What a charming and wonderful man. He is a world renowned pilot and he was willing to share his time and stories with us. Wonderful day!! Go and see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • bob t
    4 contributions
    Well worth a visit.
    I have interest in airplanes and this museum was on my list when we decided to visit Palm Springs and it didn't disappoint. All the exhibits were immaculate and you could get up close, all the staff that we talked to were friendly and had good knowledge of the exhibits I think a lot of them are veterans. The icing on the cake for me was being able to go inside a B17 for $5 something you can't do in the UK.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
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TheGatesClan
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA540 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wow. An F117 up close. Amazing. The docents at this museum are very knowledgeable. DeeAnn in the F117 pavilion was very knowledgeable. They also have the century series fighters and two B17s. If you are anywhere near this museum, it’s worth a visit.
Written 22 October 2023
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bob t
Kent4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I have interest in airplanes and this museum was on my list when we decided to visit Palm Springs and it didn't disappoint. All the exhibits were immaculate and you could get up close, all the staff that we talked to were friendly and had good knowledge of the exhibits I think a lot of them are veterans. The icing on the cake for me was being able to go inside a B17 for $5 something you can't do in the UK.
Written 2 October 2023
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Cindy S
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Fabulous visit. What a great museum. So much history and information. We had a fantastic time. You could spend hours and hours here there is so much to see. There are plenty of restrooms, cool displays, a cafe and a fabulous gift shop. We had a great time. Col. Robert Lilac was there when we went. What a charming and wonderful man. He is a world renowned pilot and he was willing to share his time and stories with us. Wonderful day!! Go and see it.
Written 23 September 2023
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Ash D
San Jose, CA60 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The Palm Springs Air Museum is a popular aviation museum located in Palm Springs, California in the desert!

It houses a vast collection of vintage aircraft and exhibits that showcase the history of aviation. It houses WW2, Korean War, Vietnam War and War on Terror. Great way to learn about their significance in military and aviation history. All planes are in flyable conditions. Coolest airplane is Nighthawk.

It's a fascinating place for aviation enthusiasts and history lovers alike! Definitely a fun activity for families and kids!
Written 4 August 2023
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Travelimmersion
Cool,CA93 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Fabulous museum….not so fabulous front desk personnel. It’s our third trip to this museum because it is so great and the volunteers are so kind and helpful. But twice now , a gentleman name bill was selling tickets. He is a total grumpy old man, rude, and makes me want to not come back. He should not be the first person you meet upon entering this amazing air museum.
Written 22 July 2023
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Sue C.
Pittsburgh, PA3,739 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
My husband and I went early to avoid the heat. There are numerous indoor hangers and plenty of volunteers if you have questions. All of the aircraft outside have plaques to explain their history.
This is a perfect museum for air enthusiasts. Make sure you have time to explore everything.
Written 9 June 2023
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands2,912 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This museum is interesting because of the link with the area. The kindness of the staff gives your visit a boost. I had great conversation with the staff member in the Stealth F117 and B17 hangar. For me that is a bonus when visiting museums. The collection is not huge but interesting enough to have a great visit.
Written 7 June 2023
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sarahsinfo
West Bloomfield, MI101 contributions
Mar 2023
Absolutely fascinating museum. There is so much to see. The staff and volunteers are lovely and willing to talk about the planes and exhibits.
Written 21 May 2023
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Seth G
Annville, PA19 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Great exhibit of aviation. Nice variety of aircraft including some helicopters, reaper drone and nighthawk. Friendly staff but just a bit expensive a family to go
Written 30 April 2023
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dbuyer
Philadelphia, PA75 contributions
Apr 2023
So much history!! The guides are all very knowledgeable and extremely friendly! Very impressive collection of not only aircraft, but from the Nazis to Vietnam. Even more when you venture outside! From a Stealth bomber to Walt Disneys Lear Jet. Very cool!
Written 25 April 2023
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