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San Diego Air & Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 234-8291
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Region: Downtown Hours of Operation: Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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 flyable 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.

The Museum also offers interactive exhibits including MaxFlight® simulators plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions. The San Diego Air & Space Museum has Balboa Park's first 3D/4D Theater and interactive kid zone and the Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill is open daily through the Summer on the Observation Deck.

Beginning in August 2015, and ending at the end of the year, the Museum features a new special free exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The exhibit showcases a rare collection of items from the early days of the war from both the European and Pacific theaters through the end of the conflict and the rebuilding which ensued across the globe following the war's end.

What to Know:

  • The Museum is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Free parking is available in both the front and back of the building
  • The Museum is in the Ford building, built for the 1935 California Pacific Expo
  • The Museum has the second largest aviation library and archives in the U.S.

Don't Miss:

  • "2theXtreme-MathAlive!" our special exhibition for a limited time
  • The Apollo 9 Command Module - it was actually flown in space!
  • The replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, built by some of the original designers
  • The Pavilion of Flight where most of the Museum's events are held