Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. The Museum of Flight exists to exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts, which provide a foundation for scholarly research and lifelong learning programs.
About Museum of Flight
In 1964, a small group of aviation enthusiasts realized that important and historic artifacts representing the evolution of flight were being lost or destroyed at an incredible rate. To aid in the preservation of these artifacts, the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation was established with the goal of saving significant aircraft and related artifacts to educate the public about their importance. The first official Museum of Flight exhibits were put on display in a 10,000 square-foot space at the Seattle Center, the location of the 1962 World’s Fair.
In 1975, the concept for The Museum of Flight complex began to take shape. The Port of Seattle leased the land on which the Boeing Red Barn now sits to the Museum for 99 years. The Red Barn, the birthplace of The Boeing Company, was saved from demolition in its original location on the Duwamish River and floated by river barge to its current location.
In 1983, the Red Barn was restored and became the first permanent location for The Museum of Flight. The Museum of Flight has continued to expand exhibits, experiences, and educational programs—paying homage to the history of flight and inspiring the entertainment and education of generations to come.
Today, with over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozen of exhibits and experiences and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind’s incredible history of flight to life.
Museum of Flight Discount Admission
Regular admission prices in 2018 are: Adults $24, Seniors (65+) $20, Youths (5-17) $14. Children 4 and under are Free. Note that tickets are date specific and nonrefundable.
Discount admission: There are several ways to get discount admission to the Museum of Flight.
- Purchase tickets online in advance.
- Discounted tickets are available to military members, Boeing employees, AAA members.
- Use your Public Library card to reserve and print a discounted admission pass online.
- First Thursday of each month, admission to the Museum is FREE from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, courtesy of Wells Fargo.
- Become a member of MOF.
- Become a docent of MOF.
Docent tour guides are an important resource at The Museum of Flight. They are trained volunteers who study and become experts in specific exhibits and aircraft around the Museum. Docents interact with visitors, answer questions, conduct aviation and space-related talks, and give amazing tours. Docent training classes are 12 weeks and include a materials fee. Find out more information about the MOF docent program.
Museum of Flight Membership Information
Membership includes free admission to MOF and to many other local, national, and international partner museums
MOF members also receive other discounts and access to special events. For example, members get to sit down with Museum Curators for an insiders look at featured artifacts, exhibits and projects around the Museum. Coffee with the Curator usually happens about twice a month.
Individual membership begins at $75. Family membership begins at $100. For more information, visit the MOF membership page.
Free Museum of Flight weekend workshops
Museum of Flight offers families and exciting opportunity to explore the exciting world of flight in fun hands-on workshops offered every Saturday and Sunday. Family workshops are free with Museum admission and open to all ages (kids six and under should come with an adult helper).
Each workshop begins with a short lesson on a theme that changes frequently, and then continues with a fun hands-on activity. All materials are provided and the results are yours to keep.
For more information on workshop themes and times check the Museum of Flight Calendar.
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