The Museum of Flight
Provided by: Mike Huddson
The Museum of Flight's history is one of great interest. Back in 1964, before the documentation and restoration of the aviation industry was even a concern to many, a small band of aviation enthusiasts established the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation to preserve the heritage of aviation history and to educate the wider public. Since then, with many additions along the way, the museum has grown into one of the most comprehensive establishments of its kind in the world with a vast collection of aircraft, exhibits, interactive displays and workshops.
The Museum of Flight has dedicated its services to offering the public a thorough overview of the history of aviation. The museum does not adhere to typical museum principals, but rather encourages learning in a more productive and interactive manner by use of innovations.
One such innovation is the AudioGuide which works as a personal electronic tour of the museum. This tour allows visitors to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the history of aviation and is available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and English. At a cost of just $5, this is a great addition to the museum experience.
The campus is divided into different areas, with the main campus containing the bulk of the displays. Other areas include the Restoration Center and the Harl V. Brackin Library & Archives. These sub-areas have proven to be an ingenious addition to the museum's appeal as each area caters for the many different interest groups. The museum is perfect for families to enjoy for the entire day as Wings Café provides a complete menu at reasonable prices.
The museum is open daily between 10am and 5pm and is located south of downtown Seattle at the south end of Boeing Field and King County Airport. Entrance fee for adults is $13 and children under 4 years of age are free, with special group discounts also available. Free parking is provided. Free entrance is however provided on the first Thursday of every month - however, the Airpark exhibits are not open at this time.
The Museum of Flight caters for a wide range of visitors - from avid aviation enthusiasts to those who are merely interested in learning something new. Visits during the summer months are pleasant as the surrounding area is relatively green. However, most of the exhibits take place indoors so inclement weather should not spoil a visit to the museum.
The Museum of Flight - The official website.