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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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Lovely afternoon

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... read more

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Santa Barbara, California
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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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. Very much fun for kids and adults alike.

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Thank LAVict0ria
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 to sitting in old airplane seats to watch a video clip. We will definitely come... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank Niall C
Venice, California, United States
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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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Thank flyboy1946
Carlsbad, California
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452 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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