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Air and Space Museum

From the first hot air balloon ride in 1783 to ongoing space shuttles, people never tire of going up, up and away. This top museum's collection showcases all types of excursions — and don't miss the unique 3D/4D Zable Theater, where you feel like you're flying, too.
  • Adult gate price $18.00
  • Child gate price $9.00
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Science, space and aviation history all become real at the San Diego Air & 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 & 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. Get a sense of the excitement and danger of air combat in the and marvel at the entertaining and risky antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery.

As you move through the museum, it’s difficult not to stand in awe of the mint-condition aircraft, including 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, but no less important, 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 & Space Museum give you a newfound appreciation for the engines and machinery that propelled these classic military aircraft during World War II, Korea and the Vietnam conflict and for the evolution of that technology over the decades. The Air & Space Museum's display of space age technology does no less than inspire, giving insight into man’s long-held desire to journey to the stars and recounting how in the last century that desire became reality.

San Diego Air & Space Museum lets you go 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 explore the great unknown and push the boundaries of the known universe.

After you’ve had your fill of San Diego Air & Space’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.

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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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Air and Space Museum Details

Phone: 619-234-8291
Address
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours
Daily: 10:00am - 4:30pm. Hours subject to change. Please contact 619-234-8291 or visit the attraction website for current hours.
Note
Special exhibitions may be an extra charge.
Closings
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Public Transportation
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Proceed to the ticketing counter and present your Go Select pass for entry. Get in and enjoy!

Note

For current exhibit and upgrade information, please call 619-234-8291.

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