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“Allow more time than you think you need!”

Pima Air & Space Museum
Ranked #3 of 287 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, plus many other unique private, military and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. Friendly docents augment your visit. Only Pima Air & Space offers the bus tour of the "Boneyard"/AMARG (M-F only, no holidays) plus offers its own tram tour of the museum's 80 acres of one-of-a kind planes daily (additional fees). You can actually touch "aviation history" including "Freedom One" (that flew the American 444-days-in-Iran hostages home), presidential crafts, planes that launched astronauts, delivered life-saving food/fuel, etc. and others with wingspans the length of a football field... Ogle helicopters, MiGs, an Oscar, a rare German buzz bomb, a moon rock and much more. 300 aircraft, 80 acres, 5 indoor air-cooled hangars. Just plane awesome!
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“Allow more time than you think you need!”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

I stopped here because I wanted to be able to walk around (and touch) some of those huge air planes, since they tend to frown upon that sort of thing at real airports.

I'm not particularly into airplanes, so I thought a couple of hours would be plenty for this place. However, after I started walking around, reading and enjoying the different exhibits, time went by quickly. Before I knew it, the museum was closing and I was only about half-way done! I had to go back the next day to see the rest.

They sell a two-day pass, but I hadn't bought one because I thought a couple hours would be enough. So, I paid another regular admission on the second day (which actually isn't all that expensive anyway). In hindsight, it would have been better to arrive earlier in the day and be able to finish in one visit. However, if you think you might need a second day, consider buying the two-day pass.

Visited January 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“A little known treasure!”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

The museum is a must when you visit Tucson! There are tons of airplanes from every era. Make sure you go inside the hangars and chat with the docents. Buzz, in Hangar 3, was a WWII Navigator/Bombadier and flew the B24, the airplane in the hangar he serves. He has great stories and is extremely knowledgable about the real in's and out's of flying this plane.

Next to the Smithsonian, this is the coolest museum I have been to. Great for kids and adults!

Visited February 2012
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Tucson
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

I've been able to visit a few time with our out of town guests and am never disappointed. Wonderful experience for flying enthusiasts.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“My husband says....”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

My husband went to the museum while I went shopping at the gem shows. He thought it was great and went back for another tour 2 days later.
If you like planes, you can't miss this

Visited February 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“air museum”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

very educational and a great day trip here in arizona

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