The Museum of Flight (MOF) is the largest independent, non-profit, air and space museum in the world. The museum features over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, and a world-class research library.
During your visit, you can wander the galleries and talk with the docents—expert volunteers who can enhance the experience as you explore the historically significant aircraft, space craft, and aviation artifacts and learn about the history of flight. MOF also offers special events throughout the year to inspire and encourage your understanding of science, technology and the humanities.
The Flight Restoration Center in Everett at Paine Field is where aircraft destined for the museum are restored. During a tour of the MOF Restoration Center, you can get a close-up view of this labor of love and talk to volunteers on site.
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History of the Museum of Flight
In 1964, a small group of aviation enthusiasts established the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation to save significant aircraft and related artifacts and in 1965, the first official Museum of Flight exhibits were put on display at Seattle Center.
In 1975, the Boeing Red Barn–the birthplace of The Boeing Company–was floated by barge from its original location on the Duwamish River to the new MOF location in south Seattle. The Red Barn was restored in 1983 and became the first permanent facility for The Museum of Flight. The Red Barn was joined in 1987 by the Great Gallery.
In 2002, the Library and Archives Building was added and in 2004 the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing and Airpark. The Museum of Flight continues to expand, adding experiences and educational programs that detail the history of flight to inspire, educate, and entertain visitors.
Visiting the Museum of Flight (MOF)
MOF exhibits historically significant artifacts and strives to be the foremost educational air and space museum in the world, providing research and programs that inspire an interest in science, technology, and the humanities.
Where: Located about 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle. Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108. Free parking is available at the Museum entries on the east and west sides of East Marginal Way.
Parking: Free parking lots are located between the East and West campsues, on either side of East Marginal Way.
Hours: Open daily 10AM-5PM, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Regular admission: Adult (18+) $26. Senior (65+) $22. Youth (5-17) $18. Child (4 and under) FREE. Museum Members FREE. Non-English speaking visitors may wish to rent an audio guide, available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Russian.
Free and discount admission to MOF
- FREE general admission to everyone every First Thursday.
- FREE admission to miliary via Blue Star program.
- FREE admission to museum members, plus other benefits. Pays for itself in four museum visits.
- FREE admission with a Seattle Public Library Museum Pass (spl.org) or King County Library Museum Pass (kcls.org).
- DISCOUNT admission for return visit when you come back on another day.
- DISCOUNT Aviator Membership to families who receive any form of public or government assistance.
- DISCOUNT admission for other select groups (such as ASTC Passport, BECU, EBT card/Museums For All, Foster Family, Gold Card/Ageless Seattle).
- DISCOUNT admission with CityPASS Seattle ticket package.
More info: The Museum of Flight website
Annual events at Museum of Flight in Seattle
These are some of the special events you might not want to miss that happen every year at the Museum of Flight.
For more information about these and other MOF events: Calendar of Events | The Museum of Flight
Mother’s Day: FREE admission for moms to Museum of Flight in Seattle
On Mother’s Day, admission is FREE to all moms when accompanied by their kids of any age who pay regular admission. MOF membership also makes a great gift.
Memorial Day: FREE admission for military and veterans to Museum of Flight in Seattle
The Museum of Flight’s Memorial Day Ceremony commemorates the lives of loved ones and strangers who gave the last full measure of devotion in service to their country. FREE admission for active-duty military and veterans on Memorial Day.
Father’s Day: FREE admission for dads to Museum of Flight in Seattle
On Father’s Day, admission is FREE to all dads when accompanied by their kids of any age who pay regular admission. MOF membership also makes a great gift.
Seafair Weekend: Jet Blast Bash outdoor festival featuring Blue Angels
The Museum’s annual Seafair Weekend (1st Sunday in August) outdoor festival-by-the-flight line, Jet Blast Bash, offers fast planes, music, food, and a beer garden with the closest seats in Seattle to the thunder of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ takeoffs and landings. On Saturday and Sunday over Seafair Weekend, enjoy family activities and crafts, car show, live music and DJs tunes, special guests, and more. Museum admission required for this outdoor event. Because the event takes place in the main parking lot, free onsite parking is limited. Public transit or ride share is recommended. More info: Trip Planner – King County Metro.
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Halloween fun at Museum of Flight
Celebrate Halloween aviation style when the Museum of Flight transforms into The Museum of FRIGHT. In the Museum galleries, you’ll find Halloween carnival-style games and activities to spark imagination, innovation, and get in the Halloween spirit. Design and build soaring, swooping, and spooky fliers below a high-flying glider, hop through an obstacle course under the Blackbird, and encounter other frightful surprises. Kids 17 and under IN costume can enjoy FREE admission.
Veterans Day: FREE admission for military and veterans to Museum of Flight in Seattle
Honoring all of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, past and present. FREE Admission for all veterans and activity-duty military.
Santa Claus visits Museum of Flight
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus make a special visit to MOF each year to meet with children and families and hear their wishes for the holiday season. Spaces are limited! Reservations are required.
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Tour the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett
The Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection in Everett at Paine Field is located 25 miles north of Seattle. The 23,000 square-foot facility is where aircraft acquired by the Museum of Flight are restored. The Museum typically acquires 2-4 new aircraft each year and has ongoing restorations of about 12 additional major historical artifacts. During a tour of the MOF Restoration Center, you can get a look at the labor that goes into aircraft restoration and get a chance to talk to volunteers on site.
Due to limited staffing, the Restoration Center and Reserve Collection is closed until further notice (last checked May 2023). More info: Aircraft Restoration | The Museum of Flight
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Calendar of Air Shows and Aviation Events
The following events on our calendar include air shows and other aviation events around the Puget Sound region.
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Friday, August 4, 2023
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Sunday, August 6, 2023