San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Marvel at the wonders in San Diego Air & Space Museum, full of science, space, and aviation displays. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this establishment promises fascinating interactive exhibits like space shuttle and flight simulators. Imagine yourself at the head of a cosmic mission, and then head to the historical aircraft and spacecraft collections to see a flyable replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, plus the only real GPS satellite on display in the world. Don't miss the Apollo 9 command module, which actually flew into space. Make San Diego Air & Space Museum a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego day trip planning app.
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  • Visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum with the family. We enjoyed the visit and especially the historical aspect of it, but it is quite small and very dense so there is a limit to how long one...  more »
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  • The museum is small by the standards set by outdoor air museums or the Smithsonian, but it's mighty for what it is. Nestled in a building from the World's Fair, the classic architecture lends itself to a smooth chronology of air and space history. Many planes are recreations of the original historic planes, but the quality of them, and the details in the exhibits are really excellent. I really recommend talking to the volunteer docents about the history encased in their museum section. We talked to a lovely man, Ron, who walked us through all of WWI and the planes and information the museum had. And he would find us in different parts of the museum to offer addition tidbits here and there. We easily spend 1.5-2 hours there.
  • Take the kids this place is awesome. Plane buff will love the excellent range of planes. The kids will love the interactive displays. Would be 5 stars, but its quite small and your out fairly quickly. Recommended.

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