I admit it, I have a problem with airplanes. It is an addiction that started in childhood and has followed me throughout my life and had a major impact on my career choices. I only bring this up to warn you that a blog post about any topic aviation related will be biased. To visit Seattle, the city that Boeing helped build, and not visit the Museum of Flight, well, it would border on tragedy.
Having issued that disclaimer, the Museum of Flight is one of the best aviation museums in the nation. The aircraft collection is amazing and the displays are well thought out. The museum does a good job of providing exhibit that keep kids of all ages engaged. The main exhibit hall is all glass with multiple aircraft handing from the beams – full-sized aircraft, including a Douglas DC-3. The collection contains many airline aircraft in addition to the expected military aircraft. The Museum of Flight has one a Concorde on display and the first Boeing 747 built. There is also one of the “Air Force One” 707’s on display.
The Red Barn, the original home of Boeing, is part of the structure and houses displays about Boeing and the airline industry. There are also galleries dedicated to WWI and WWII as well as different simulator for you to try. The Museum sits on a busy airport and has a control tower area that allows visitors to see the activity on the airport. Displays telling the story of Alaska Bush Pilots and the Space Program helped to tell more of the story of aviation.
The Museum is well worth the visit if you, or someone in your family has an aviation addiction. It may even inspire someone in your family to pursue their aviation passion. The Museum of Flight is on the West side of Boeing Field / King County International Airport at 9404 East Marginal Way, Seattle – for directions visit the website
Cost: Consult the website (around $20 for adults, children around $10)
Museum of Flight Website: www.museumofflight.org
Ticket Options: If you are visiting several of attractions in Seattle (Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center or the EMP Museum,), then consider the CityPASS deal I have used CityPass in several cities and they do save money if you are going to visit several attractions.