Museum of Flying

Museum of Flying, Santa Monica: Hours, Address, Museum of Flying Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Flying
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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4.5
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DerbyPhilip
Derby, UK77 contributions
Amazing little good value museum, i love it
May 2019 • Couples
I was on holiday in this area and saw the sign for it. Being from England i wasn't aware of this attraction. I was so pleased me and my girlfriend decided to follow the signs as it was Amazing. There's something for everyone, Models to look at, Actual planes, Seats to sit in an actual cockpit with controls, The photos are fascinating. I was also very impressed by the Museum person who was so very interesting telling me about the place, planes even the history behind the round table and office furniture. I recommend this attraction to all in this area.
Written 27 May 2019
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roadtrippersCDL
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
wonderful aviation museum at Santa Monica airport
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in airplanes, airplane memorabilia and the aviation history of southern CA, specifically McDonnel Douglas, this is the museum for you. It is small and well curated. Airplanes hanging from the ceiling, amazing murals and Mr. Douglas's actual conference room table. Great for kids. You can also rent the space for events. Friendly staff and volunteers. After your visit, go have a burger at Spitfire Grill half a block away.
Written 12 February 2019
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Jose S
Los Angeles142 contributions
We all had a fantastic time
Oct 2018 • Family
We went my wife, 2 granddaughters age 10 and 11 and had a great time. Even though is small it has great things to see. We loved a movie they have about the history of planes in the US. They also have a fantastic simulator that the kids can fly. The staff is superb and knowledgeable. We will be back.
Written 2 October 2018
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ferdferd
Santa Monica, CA251 contributions
very cool small museum
Jun 2018 • Business
lots of history in the Santa Monica area and Los Angeles in general, Douglas aircraft info, great hands on for the kids, too.
Written 2 October 2018
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travelchamp1
39 contributions
Great spot for events!
Dec 2017 • Couples
Came here for a cocktail reception! Loved the authentic, cool environment. Lots of fun socializing in this setting! Very convenient with lots of parking.Fun time!
Written 28 August 2018
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Edward S
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
Fun museum, especially for airplane afficianados
Aug 2018 • Family
The Museum of Flying is a great small museum, especially for anyone interested in the history of flying and also for children. There are numerous historical aircraft on display, along with many models and photographs. Several cockpits can be entered and sat in, and there are very knowledgeable docents to answer any question about the aircraft on display. Located in the Santa Monica Airport, the museum also covers the history of the airport as well as Douglas Aircraft, which started their business in that location. I found a full scale model of the Wright Brothers first flying airplane especially compelling. It was donated to the museum by 20th Century Fox, and had been used as a prop in the film "Night at the Museum".
Written 19 August 2018
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Sheila Z
Manhattan Beach, CA72 contributions
Great place to take your kids or grandkids
Apr 2018 • Family
We visited with our 3 grandkids. They have docents positioned around the museum to help explain the planes. There are a couple of cockpits they can climb into and pretend to fly the plane. They also had a scavenger hunt for the kids, and they each got a prize (a cardboard plane to build). Afterwards, we drove over to the observation deck at Santa Monica airport and watched several take-offs and landings. One of the docents told us about going to the observation deck. They were all so friendly and helpful. The flight simulator was not working, but only one of the three are over 48" tall, so it was probably good that it wasn't working :)
Written 29 April 2018
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buffalojim67
Lawrence, KS1,282 contributions
Interesting stop
Aug 2017 • Solo
While you are on the west side near the beach, stop by the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport. It offers some interesting information and displays about flight history in the U.S.
Written 14 October 2017
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SMOgal
Santa Monica, CA292 contributions
Local aviation history
Dec 2016 • Friends
Before there was McDonnell Douglas the aircraft company at Clover Field, there was aviation pioneer; Donald Douglas.
Check this out before Santa Monica Airport closes for good.
Written 11 July 2017
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AndreaMSU
Clermont, FL42 contributions
A fun stop for our family
Jun 2017 • Family
My kids enjoyed the hands on aspect of the museum and though we did not do the flight simulator, it looked fun! Our favorite part was watching the planes take off and land from the observation deck at the airport.
Written 12 June 2017
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