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.
Discount Tickets to Museum of Flight
Ticket prices: Adults $24, Seniors (65+) $20, Youths (5-17) $14. Children 4 and under are Free. Note that tickets are date specific and nonrefundable.
Discount tickets: There are several ways to get discount admission tickets 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.
- Become a member. Annual membership begins at $89 and includes unlimited FREE admission for 2 adults, plus other benefits.
- Become a docent. Docent tour guides 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.
Free weekend workshops at Museum of Flight
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.
Halloween at ‘Museum of Fright’
Celebrate Halloween aviation style when the Museum of Flight transforms into The Museum of FRIGHT. Bigger than any haunted castle, all across the museum’s spacious galleries, enjoy 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, visit Frankenstein’s Lab in the Aviation Learning Center, hop through an obstacle course under the Blackbird, and encounter other frightful surprises.
2018 Museum of Fright tickets: Kids 17 and under IN costume get in FREE. Admission for Kids 17 and under WITHOUT costume is $5. Adult Chaperones: $10.
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