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Air and Space Museum

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Air and Space Museum

Science, space and aviation history all become real at the San Diego Air and Space Museum: California’s official air and space museum!

This venue is a dynamic monument built to celebrate aviation and space flight, to educate the public about aviation’s social and historical significance, and to inspire students to excel in technology, mathematics and the sciences. As San Diego is one of the great American aviation hubs, it’s only natural to pay a visit to this unique museum when you are in the area.

Your journey through the history of flight at the San Diego Air and Space Museum begins as you stand beneath a model of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon of 1783: the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift humans above the Earth.

In the Golden Age of Flight Gallery, get a sense of the danger of air combat and marvel at the entertaining and risky antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s. And of course, no visit to the San Diego Air and Space Museum is complete without feeling like your flying in the unique 3D/4D Zable Theater.

Hours

Daily: 10:00am - 4:30pm. Hours subject to change. Please contact 619-234-8291 or visit the attraction website for current hours.
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go San Diego Card at the admissions counter. Special exhibits are not included with the Go San Diego Card. For current exhibit and upgrade information, please call 617-234-8291.

Note: Free admission for San Diego County residents and active duty military and their families on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Note

Special exhibitions may be an extra charge.

Included Extra(s)

Free wings for children with the Go San Diego Card (subject to availability) and special upgrade price for special exhibits.

Address

2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

From Interstate 5 S: Take the 10th Street exit; turn left on A Street.; turn left on 12th Street (which becomes Park Blvd.); turn left at President's Way (you are now in Balboa Park); when you come to the stop sign, the Museum will be to your left with parking right in front. From Interstate 5 N: Take the B Street Pershing exit; stay on B Street; turn right on 12th (which becomes Park Blvd.); turn left at President's Way (you are now in Balboa Park); when you come to the stop sign, the Museum will be to your left with parking right in front.

As you travel through the San Diego Air and Space Museum, it’s difficult not to stand in awe of the mint-condition aircraft, such as the Spitfire Mk. XVI, the Navy F6F Hellcat and the A-4 Skyhawk jet. The museum’s latest acquisitions are no less stunning, including the Wright EX Vin Fiz, built in 1911.

You’ll also see smaller artifacts, such as the Apollo XI Space Pen, which was used as a quick fix for a faulty circuit breaker, allowing the crew to return safely home.

The beautifully restored airplanes on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum give you a newfound appreciation for the engines and machinery that propelled these classic military aircraft during World War II and during the Vietnam conflict.

No less impressive is the evolution of aircraft technology over the decades. The museum's display of space age technology does nothing less than inspire, recounting how man's desire to journey to the stars has become reality over the last century.

The San Diego Air and Space Museum also takes you on a voyage of the imagination inside its unique 3D/4D Zable Theater, where you can see such lifelike films as Jetpack Adventure, Fly Me to the Moon, and Robots of Mars.

The museum also occasionally features unique special exhibits on various themes, such as Space: A Journey to our Future, which looks at the dreamers and thinkers who risked their lives to push the boundaries of the known universe.

After you’ve had your fill of the museum's comprehensive collection, be sure to peruse the aeronautically-inspired souvenirs on sale at the museum store. Bestsellers include the brass pocket compass, a replica MA-1 aviator jacket, and the World War II aircraft Aloha shirt.

Please note: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Guided tours of the aircraft restoration area are only available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and excessive noise may be experienced on the tour.

Save on admission to the San Diego Air and Space Museum, plus San Diego's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go San Diego Card!

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Interesting and worth the time
By Two swans Verified Reviewer from Brunswick, GA on
Pros:
Lots Of Memorabilia
Cons:
Need Better Lighting
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Air and Space Museum:

This is a super museum. However, lighting needs to be better - in many areas (especially in the area where the astronauts photos are displayed)it was almost impossible to read the descriptions under the photos. Well laid out and accessible.

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Fun for kids and adults alike!
By Wade the blade Verified Reviewer from Anaheim, CA on

Comments about Smart Destinations Air and Space Museum:

Fun place for kids who dreamed of flying in the air. Experience the simulator! Explore the history of flight, from the simplest contraptions to radar-hidden jets. Very educational for adults as well.

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  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-234-8291

Website: www.sandiegoairandspace.org

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