If you are a fan of aviation then you have to visit the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Even if you are not an aviation buff you can still find this museum exciting for its rich historical artifacts. Flight is as American as apple pie, and when you make a trip to the Emerald City this museum has to be on your list of places to visit.
If you are on any sort of time crunch then skip this museum for another day as this three building museum requires lots of walking and reading. The initial building is the Red Barn. The Red Barn was the birthplace of the Boeing Company and is currently registered as a historical landmark. It is home to several important planes and should be visited first on your tour.
Next the aviation Airpark will fascinate you with its impressive Air Force One display. The airplane was used by President Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon. Once you are through there move on to Museum of Flight Library. The Library is full of photographs and over 66,000 books dedicated to the field of Aviation.
In addition to the rich aviation history, the museum also has a Lear Gallery that houses a scale model of the Apollo17 shuttle and a life-size replica of the International Space Station’s research laboratory. Guests are allowed to climb inside the life size space station model and imagine what it might be like to be a real-life astronaut. You can also bring the space shuttle in for a landing on the moon and discover the instruments only astronauts have at their disposal.
B-17 Flying Fortress Photo: Frank Kovalchek
To finish your experience at the Museum of Flight in Seattle walk across the Memorial Bridge and learn about the events in aviation and space exploration history that have fascinated the public. The bridge was designed by artist Paul Rucker to replicate aviation aerodynamics and to provide perfect acoustics for the information provided for visitors from speakers throughout the bridge.
No matter what your background or your family’s all are sure to enjoy this amazing and detailed museum in Seattle.
Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
First Thursday of each month: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (free after 5 p.m.)
|Address/Map:||9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108|
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Adults: $19 | Seniors (65+) and Active Military: $16 | Youths (5-17): $11
Children (4 and under): Free