Museum of Flying, California, United States

4.5 (73 reviews) Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Spent Ranking #20 in Santa Monica Speciality Museums • Children's Museums

A must for visitors of all ages to Santa Monica! Packed with history about flying and fun for children!

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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3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405-6113


+1 310-398-2500



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Thursday : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Sunday, March 03, 2024, 2:13

User Ratings

4.5 based on (73 reviews)



  • 5Wendy C 5:00 PM May 19, 2012
    Museum of Flying - Santa Monica Airport
    This is a great museum. It offers just the right mix of military and civilian aircraft and it is not so large that you can get lost in it or that it will take hours to see in its entirety. It has a collection of amazing aircraft both indoors and outdoors that change periodically. Additionally, it has several really exciting interactive exhibits which include being able to sit in the cockpit af a modern jet liner (a great photo op) and for the kids the opportunity to fly a link trainer. It has a great continuous running collection of historical and current films and a striking recreation of Mr. Douglas's office (President of McDonnel Douglas Aircraft). The people are great and they are there to help. Where there is a nominal entrance fee, its one of the few places in LA where parking is free. It is a truly someting not to miss.

  • 5Kathy S 5:00 PM Sep 19, 2014
    A thrill for those who love planes
    The Museum of Flying is easy to find and to get to by car. It's in Santa Monica close to the airport and also reasonably close to LAX. It's also close to the site where many of the Douglass planes were built. It has a small but interesting collection and is well worth a visit.