San Diego Air & Space Museum
Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum - California’s Official Air and Space Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a working flying replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. View artifacts from the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and other aviation and space pioneers! The Museum also offers interactive exhibits including MaxFlight® and F-35 simulators, a fun kid-zone, 3D/4D movie theater plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions.
HoursDaily: Regular Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last admission 4:30 p.m.
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Kid's Aviation Action Hangar(KAAH)
This special "kids only" area has an abundance of attractions for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can enjoy magnetic toys and aviation coloring books, a dry erase board where they are able to sketch out their favorite airplane and pedal planes to whisk them around the kid-size airport. Grade school age aviators will thrill at the "U-Fly-It" machine, a flight simulator experience in a real wind tunnel atmosphere and also enjoy a romp in the simulated moon's surface in a space suit. Two flight simulators put future pilots' skills to the test and all can enjoy creating and flying their own miniature parachutes. A large F-104 Starfighter cockpit mock-up, perfect for photo opportunities provides the ultimate take-home memory for all Museum visitors.
*The Kid's Aviation Action Hangar is included with regular admission to the Museum.
3D/4D Zable Theater
Visitors of the San Diego Air & Space Museum can now enjoy the new 3D/4D Zable Theater, the first of its kind in Balboa Park! Films currently showing are Jetpack Adventure, Space Chase, Red Baron and Fly Me To The Moon.
*The Zable Theater is included with regular admission to the Museum.
Fly a Blue Angel, side upside down on a roller coaster in the Museum’s simulators! Choose from the Maxflight 360-degree simulator, the Doron or one of the F-35 flight simulators. Fun for all ages!
SDASM's Library & Archives serves as a repository for several types of historical and contemporary publications and records related to aviation and space history, and including technical specifications of aircraft. It houses one of the largest collections of air and space-related books and archival materials in the country. Holdings include: Books, manuscripts, images, technical drawings, special collections, log books, albums, films, videos, sound recordings and biographical files.
Hours: Open Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm, by appointment.
Contact: Call (619) 234-8291 ext: 125 to make an appointment.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101