Seattle has a long history of aviation innovation. It’s here that the first Boeing aircraft was assembled and the company headquartered for decades. At the Museum of Flight, aircraft enthusiasts can trace the history of aviation from the Wright brothers through modern space exploration and air travel.
A visit to Seattle's Museum of Flight, at Boeing Field, takes you through decades of flight history as you view more than 150 planes, helicopters, satellites, rockets, space station parts, and lunar module mock-ups.
Visitors might glimpse the original Air Force One, which transported presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, along with a supersonic Concorde jet, and a stealth M-21 Blackbird reconnaissance plane.
Save time at the museum by prebooking admission tickets and skipping the line upon arrival.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Museum of Flight is appropriate for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and families.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible and offers restrooms, a café, and a gift shop.
- Wear comfortable shoes for walking through the museum’s exhibits.
How to Get There
The Museum of Flight sits just 7 miles (11 kilometers) south of Downtown Seattle, at Boeing Field close to the international airport. It’s easily accessible by car, as there’s a large parking lot available to visitors. It’s also reachable by Metro bus no. 124, which stops in front of the museum.
When to Get There
The Museum of Flight is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm. The museum draws most of its visitors on weekends, but it’s never crowded or hard to get into. Check the museum’s official website for information on special tours and events offered during your visit.
Other Attractions Nearby
The Museum of Flight is situated in vibrant south Seattle. It’s easy to fill a day combining a trip to the museum with a visit to the Kubota Garden, a 20-acre (8-hectare) Japanese-style garden. Restaurants and bars in the nearby Georgetown neighborhood offer plenty of entertainment before or after your visit.