Fly Off to These SoCal Flight Museums!
Have a plane-lovin’ kid? You’re gonna want to visit these flight museums!
Jump into the cockpit of a cool plane, go in a flight simulator, learn about World War II aircrafts and more!
Flight Path Museum & Learning Center, Los Angeles
This educational facility and museum features exhibits documenting Southern California’s aviation history. Exhibits include models, uniforms, and other artifacts from airlines, aircraft manufacturers, aerospace companies and airports. The center also has a library with a collection of aviation and aerospace books and manuals. A flight simulation training program is also offered. School and group tours available. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission and parking.
Lyon Air Museum, Santa Ana
Exhibits comprise of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis from the 20th century – World War II. See airplanes, automobiles, military motorcycles and military vehicles. Special events like open cockpit day and airshows throughout the year. Open daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $6-12. Discounted rate for group tours. School groups are free (other restrictions may apply).
March Field Air Museum, Riverside
See early aircraft including the 1903 Pioneer, which launched the era of powered flight, World War II bombing icons, Cold War fighters, an MQ-1 Predator and more. Walk through the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden and see an aircraft up close every second Saturday. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $5-10.
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
Exhibits feature aircrafts, artifacts and more. The museum also features MaxFlight FS3000, a full-motion, 360-degree flight simulator (48″ height restriction, additional rates apply). The museum is also available for special events and parties. Open Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $6-10.
Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino
A collection of flying and static aircraft, restoration projects, military vehicles and artifacts that tell the story of the 475th Fighter Group during World War II. The Aviation Discovery Center (open Saturdays) provides hand-on, aviation-themed activities that complement STEAM-based curriculum. Special living-history events, air shows and tours throughout the year. Admission: $6-15.
Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, Compton
On display at the museum are historic photos of the Tuskegee Airmen and Bessie Coleman, Vietnam War-era helicopters, a T-38 Talon used as a trainer for jet pilots, and experimental aircraft. The museum also features the Sky Lab Computer Center, Top Gun Flight Simulators, Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center and after-school programs are offered.
Western Museum of Flight, Torrance
Dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage. Educational programs allow children to see and touch airplanes. The museum collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, aircraft engines, components, ejection seats, World War II instruments and more. Closed Monday and major holidays. General admission, $5. Children (12 and under), free.
This post was written by Liz Davis