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San Diego Air & Space Museum

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-234-8291
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Museum's emphasis is on the history of flight, from the days of hot-air...

Museum's emphasis is on the history of flight, from the days of hot-air balloons to the Spirit of St. Louis to today's space shuttles.

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Nice little museum associated with the Smithsonian

As someone who works in the space industry, I'm hard to impress. However this is a very nice museum with some great artifacts, including the actual Apollo 9 command module that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Houston, Texas
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to spend the day. Being veterans, we really enjoyed the historical displays of military planes, and vehicles. This is a nicely done museum.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great museum for the whole family. Lots of very interesting airplanes and very nice, well thought out, informative displays that add another dimension to the museum. I especially liked the display of WWI aircraft. I like air museums and this is a good one!

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Superb museum with an unparalleled collection. Great stories of the history of flight in SD, CA and the US. Great sense of history and place. Fantastic collection of planes from some of the very earliest models to supersonic jet fighters. Loved this place. Could have spent the whole day

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who works in the space industry, I'm hard to impress. However this is a very nice museum with some great artifacts, including the actual Apollo 9 command module that returned from space. Actually seeing the charred heatshield on the bottom, and burn marks on the sides from the RCS (reaction control system) help transport you back in time... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there this morning and, as usual, had a wonderful time. Spent about 20 minutes or so talking with one of the volunteers - a delightful 96 year old who is as sharp as a tack. His particular area of expertise is airplane instrumentation and he regaled us with stories of his work and folks he has met at... More 

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Richmond, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan to spent a lot time here. They give senior discount. Take the time to read plaques on the exhibits. People of all ages will like this. The videos are worth the time to view.

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Raubling, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of aviation saw many aircraft being designed, tested and flown out of San Diego. The museum gives you a compact survey and also holds a gallery of famous aircraft designers and aviators.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent about two hours in this museum reading about the history of various plans and designers of planes. The staff was very informative and knowledgeable. There are many aircraft and components of aircraft to see and learn about, U.S. and foreign. At the end of the museum there are various flight simulators you can try for... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited a bunch of the museums at Balboa Park (admission included with our San Diego Go Passes!), and this was my favorite. My husband especially enjoyed all the aircraft and would have liked to stay even longer. There was a fun kids room with a lot of toys and hands-on activities that my kids liked. They were setting up... More 

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Burlington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this museum on a cold, rainy day. There is so much to see here! Lots of aircraft - planes, helicopters, and spacecraft - and displays of aviation related memorabilia. So many airplanes!!! Look for discount admission coupons in visitor's brochures. Parking is free in the lot in front of the museum (adjacent to the San Diego Automotive... More 

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