The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Museum of flight is the world’s largest independent air and space museum. Located at Seattle’s oldest airport, it displays over 160 airplanes and spacecraft on a 25-acre campus. The museum’s six buildings include the original Boeing Aircraft factory.

As one of the region’s top attractions, we offer flight simulators and dozens of fun, interactive exhibits and family activities. The “Great Gallery” is a breathtaking, 6-story glass building with 43 aircraft from the 1920s to the present, including a rare M-21 Blackbird spy plane and jet fighters from the Korean and Vietnam wars. Not to mention the some thrilling full-motion and 3D flight simulators!

The gallery is also home to the Museum’s unique displays about the early Space Age and the race to Moon, including exhibits of the long-lost rocket engines used on Apollo 12 and 16.

The original Boeing airplane factory is a walk through Boeing history; while in the adjacent building, dramatic galleries house 28 fighter planes and rare personal artifacts from World Wars I and II.

The West Campus is a voyage to the space shuttle era, the current space age and the evolution of large aircraft. The Space Gallery looks at the space shuttle story and today’s New Space Race; it is also the permanent home to NASA's Space Shuttle Trainer—used by every shuttle astronaut.

Outside is the 3-acre Aviation Pavilion, with its World War II bombers and airliners from the 1930s to the present. Stroll through a Concorde, the first 747, a Dreamliner and the first Air Force One jet.

And finally, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park and its centerpiece B-52. Always open and always free, a place for quiet reflection to honor those who served.


Enjoy a live concert by the Linkoping Brass Band from Sweden! The band is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a spring tour of the U.S. and Canada, beginning in Seattle. The 30-member band will play everything from Swedish anthems to show tunes. Concert begins at 10:30 a.m.

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