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.


This Way Up
Aviation Engine Design
The Museum's newest temporary exhibit
On December 17, 1903, a 12-horsepower engine powered the Wright Flyer on the first successful piloted, heavier-than-air flight in history. Powered flight has become an integral part of our lives, and its impact can be directly linked to the progression of engine design and capability.

This Way Up demonstrates the evolution and impact of aviation engine design over the past 120 years by highlighting the people, companies and historical events that have driven propulsion innovation.

The exhibit features ten authentic aircraft engines, interactive displays that demonstrate how different types of engines work and a comprehensive timeline that shows the progression and innovation of aviation engine design since the Wright Flyer took flight in 1903.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park opened in May 2019. Its centerpiece is B-52 that served in the Vietnam War. The outdoor Park on the Museum's West Campus is always open and always free, a place for quiet reflection to honor those who served.


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