While visiting the San Diego Air and Space Museum, you’ll learn about the hair-raising antics of the pioneers of flight, whose moxie made air travel possible. The museum is divided into several galleries, each emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation. The galleries include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, Special Exhibit area, World War I, Golden Age of Flight, World War II, Modern Jet & Space Age, and the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight.
SPEED: Science in Motion
The San Diego Air & Space Museum is bringing Speed to San Diego with a focus on competition, record-setting and racing throughout 2018, with of the Museum’s planes, jets, cars, space vehicles, motorcycles, and more – including some of the fastest vehicles known to mankind — having their top speeds posted next to them for everyone to enjoy. The heart of the Museum’s year-long celebration of speed is a new special exhibition, SPEED: Science in Motion. Designed and Produced by Scitech and Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, SPEED: Science in Motion is a fun, interactive exploration of the technology behind everything fast.
American Women of Flight honors contributions to the world of aviation by women. Notable aviatrixes, such as Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Fran Bera, Sally Ride, and many others are featured.
Atlas Rocket Exhibit: The Museum is proud to showcase an exciting exhibit telling the story of the Atlas rocket series from the late 1950s to the present. Both graphics and videos detail the history of the project. Describing its role in the space race, the manned Mercury orbital missions, its effect on the San Diego area. Finally its enormous successes in helping launch many space projects. Benefiting mankind in general along with lessons in rocketry and guidance.
Kids Aviation Action Hangar: This special “kids only” area has an abundance of attractions for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can enjoy magnetic toys and aviation coloring books, plus a dry erase board where they are able to sketch out their favorite airplane! Even pedal planes to whisk them around our kid-size airport. Grade school-age aviators will thrill at the “U-Fly-It” machine. A flight simulator experience in a real wind tunnel atmosphere. They’ll also enjoy a romp in our simulated moon’s surface.
This is a really fun and worthwhile attraction, with lots of aviation, space, military, and other American history. Our... entire family loved it! Plus they have 4D movies and realistic flight simulators! Would highly recommend this attraction if you're in Balboa Park, or otherwise looking for something to do in SD especially on a rainy day.read more
Very interactive! I recommend 2-3 hours mid-morning during the week. Super great museum for small groups or homeschool... events. Staff are scattered throughout and know a TON of info about the exhibits, ask questions and have fun!read more
We had a blast at this museum! The best part was the tour guide by the WW2 planes. I believe his name was Verne. He was... very knowledgeable, sweet & made my two daughters laugh while learning.There is tons of great pieces of history here. If you haven't visited, you should!read more
A wonderful place to learn about the history of aviation from the first plane to space flights. Took my nieces here. ... Showed them there are many women pioneers who helped pave the way for others in the field. There are many activities here for people of all ages to enjoy and learn. Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at least to learn about the amazing history of aviation.read more
Great museum with lots to see. We enjoyed many of the interactive exhibits, including the “landing the space shuttle”... simulator. The staff was friendly and informative, providing additional information on specific exhibits throughout. Excellent for kids and adults, highly recommended.read more
For a small area, the curators have done such a great job providing exhibits about the history of aviation. My son... loved it! Offer annual membership for active duty/retired families plus guests for $109. We will be going back!read more
I love Space..the journey out of this world to the next. I grew up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo and any time I can... see some artifacts from that time I jump at the chance. To see the Apollo 9 Command Module, Neil Armstrong’s space suit and other memorabilia was great. Oh, did I mention they also have a tremendous amount of early aeronautics too?! See the Spirit of St Louis replica and the jet Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in…worth the mo EY (and the time!!)read more
This was a good museum, I really enjoyed my time here, the space section was pretty impressive for such a small museum.... Some of the planes are scale models but they are still impressive. The focus is primarily on planes before 1950 however there are some newer planes at the end of the tour. There are some very interesting early planes that I have not seen previously. It reminds me a smaller WWI and WWII hanger section at the National Museum of the USAF. I would highly recommend going here for a quick tour for those that love aviation. The WWI section was impressive as was the HO229 model.read more
A lot to see. We arrived at 4pm . Last entry is at 430pm. This should be cut off to 330pm. Too much to see. They start... chasing you out at 440pm, with 20 min reminders they are closing. The lady in the gift shop was already counting her money at 4:50 pm and asking if we were the last people. I felt really uncomfortable . The museum is great. Give yourself at least 3 hours. We missed a lotread more
It was so nice to see this museum open. The once free for all is now organized to have the crowd flow through out. You... do not miss anything.A new auto greeter starts you off and I swear he looked right at me, lol.A few free simulation machines in the middle and at the end simulation machine to let you experience a jet or older plane. Quite reasonable at least than $10 each.Go with friends and family or go alone, you will not regret it!read more
I always love checking out this Museum. They have an A-12 on display outside (the predecessor to the SR-71).Definitely... give this Museum a visit the next time you find yourself in Balboa Park...read more
George the tour guide really made are trip unique and special! He very knowledgeable and had funny jokes along the way.... “The plane that played cricket!” Would highly recommend seeing George when you visit the establishment. Well worth the money !Thanks George!read more
The exhibits are amazing. Lots of great displays and different aircraft. Also have multiple interactive cockpits and... planes to get into. And if you need lunch or an ice cream there’s a great cafe in the Hall of Champions!!read more
An excellent museumSan Diego Automotive Museum is in the amazing Balboa Park next to the Air and Space Museum. It is a... nice museum with a big collection of awesome vintage cars and motorcycles, the museum is small but packed, the staff was helpful and nice, overall it was an excellent experience.read more
First time I visited this museum and wow it had some cool stuff inside. A ton of history with lots of reading... materials, plaques, and videos.This museum is also free for san Diego county residents on Tuesday. Look it up on Google to see what other museums are free.read more
Overall the museum was a great place to visit. However, I don’t think it’s worth $20 just to get in. They also had... additional charges for some of the simulation activities. Will not be coming back.read more
For how much you pay for it's not very exciting. Took my young kids here and they enjoyed looking at all of the... displays. But there were a lot of things that were closed due to covid. might have been worth the price if those things were open and we were able to interact with them. My husband did enjoy being able to do the flight simulator though.read more
Honestly a letdown. I thought this would be a great museum and all but I have seen so many of the cars that were there... and even have one more valuable then some of them. Also, the Plank Road display has so little information that I have read websites that had more info so it made that one pointless. The cars were in nice condition though.read more
Great experience in a post-shutdown world! Felt safe and they took the time during the pandemic to update the exhibits... and do some touch-up. New articles about African American history in Aviation are especially relevant in today's conversations.read more
Great air museum. Lots of great displays and different aircraft. Make sure you look up as you go through. Lots of... exhibits hanging from the museum ceiling. Close to many different things in the park.read more
Absolutely LOVE this place. Unlike other museums where you see pictures and comment cards and plaques this is the real... deal. An airplane hanger filled with some inanely historical, interesting, and important aircraft that are just a marvel to look at. I 100% recommend taking a guided tour also. These guides are smart individuals who actually enjoy explaining everything you could want to know about the museum and it's contents. I visit a fair amount and every tour I'll still hear some new information that is just fascinating. I could spend days here and still enjoy myself.read more
Excellent museum for military and history buffs. It's incredible to see how large and intricate a carrier can be.The... displays are well-marked and informative. And the gift shop is pretty extensive as well.It's awe-inspiring and makes me proud that we can make such incredible and powerful machines.All in all, if you're in San Diego, this is definitely worth a visit!read more
This is a place of history and fun. There is so much to see in this museum, more planes than in the Smithsonian museum.... It has its own gems and is the house of some of the rare items for the world war artifacts.There are flight simulations and other activities for kids. It will make a nice family outing packed with history.read more
It is a very nice museum. All ages can enjoy it. Every 4 months they change many of the cars. At present, there are... many 70's vehicles along with many unique and unusual vehicles. This is brand new. It is worth the trip.read more
This museum was truly an amazing experience. The memorabilia collected all in one place. And there was an older museum... tour guide who told us amazing stories about the Japanese bombers and his own personal encounters with astronauts. It was wonderful hearing his stories. We will be visiting here again ASAP.read more
It was a very cool place to visit. A lot to see and learn and there's a little bit of interaction to do around. Kid... friendly museum, it has cool discounts for everyone,. I wish they will put more newer stuff too, like new type of planes, things like that. We definitely enjoyed it, and might go back once in a while.read more
This is a must see!! First time being here. It's in Balboa park and easy walking distance from everything. This air and... space museum is remarkable. The time and effort put into it is worth the stop. Prices are very reasonable. 20$ a person. 15$ if your military. We made it through in about 4hrs. Could easily spend more time. The place is very clean. Friendly staffread more