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Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington

The Museum of Flight is located in the Seattle, Washington area, at King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field. (see map below).


Museum of Flight, West Plaza
(staff photo)

Established in 1965, it is the largest private air and space museum in the world. It also hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world.

It is a huge, beautiful facility, and includes several buildings spread over many acres. It includes the:

  • T.A. Wilson Great Gallery
  • William E. Boeing Red Barn
  • World War I Gallery
  • World War II Gallery
  • Airpark, reached by the T. Evans Wycoff Memorial Bridge over Marginal Way
  • Space Gallery (also reached by Memorial Bridge)
  • Aviation Pavilion - a three acre, covered, outside gallery housing 19 commercial and military aircraft including the B-29 and Boeing 747

The West Plaza fronts Marginal Way, but parking and the main entrance is located on the east side of the museum.

Aircraft on Display

A vast array of historical aircraft and space artifacts are displayed, as well as innovative flight simulators, learning centers, and theaters.

Concorde Supersonic Transport
Concorde Supersonic Transport
(staff photo)

This is a small list of highlights of aircraft in the collection:

  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress "T-Square 54"
  • Boeing WB-47E Stratojet
  • McDonnell F-4 Phantom II
  • F-14A Tomcat
  • F-104 Starfighter
  • P-38 Lightning
  • P-51 Mustang
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Boeing 747-121
  • Boeing 727-022
  • Boeing 737-130
  • M-21 Blackbird
  • VC-121B Air Force One
  • Concord SST
  • Soyuz Space Capsule
  • and the list goes on and on!

Visiting: Admission, Parking and Hours

We highly recommend a visit for aviation enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in vintage aircraft.

During our last visit, we spent about three hours touring the buildings and collections, but we could have spent three DAYS! Allow plenty of time to explore the various exhibits. It is very well done!

It is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. On the First Thursday of each month: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (free after 5 p.m.)

The Wings Cafe and a gift shop/store are also located onsite.

Parking is free, but an admission fee is charged. For more information, phone 206.764.5720. See map below for location and driving directions.

The "Red Barn", the origin of the Boeing Airplane Company
The "Red Barn", the origin of the Boeing Airplane Company
The T.A. Wilson Gallery, one of the indoor exhibit areas
The T.A. Wilson Gallery, one of the indoor exhibit areas
The first Boeing 747, "The City of Everett", on display outdoors prior to restoration
The first Boeing 747, "The City of Everett"
The first Boeing 747, "The City of Everett", restored and on display in the covered Aviation Pavilion
The first Boeing 747, "The City of Everett"
"The City of Everett", restored and on display in the covered Aviation Pavllion
The first Boeing 747, "The City of Everett"
Boeing VC-137B, Air Force One
Boeing VC-137B, Air Force One

 

One of many suspended airplanes indoors in the World War I Gallery
One of many suspended displays indoors in Seattle

 

 

B-17 Flying Fortress "Boeing Bee"
B-17 Flying Fortress "Boeing Bee"
Concorde Supersonic Transport G-BOAG
Concorde Supersonic Transport
American Railway Express aircraft
American Railway Express aircraft
Beautifully restored Boeing WB-47E Stratojet
Beautifully restored Boeing WB-47E Stratojet
Space shuttle training simulator at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
Space shuttle training simulator at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
Trans-Canada Constellation at the Airpark
Trans-Canada Constellation
Oriley's Daughter
"O'riley's Daughter"
Boeing 727-223, N874AA in American Airlines livery now transferred to the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City.
Boeing 727-223, N874AA in American Airlines livery
Unveiling of the Museum's restored Boeing B-29 (YouTube video by Museum of Flight)

 

Area Map of Seattle

The map below shows the location in the Seattle area. It is physically located at 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108-4097. Phone: 206.764.5720 for detailed information, or visit the official website of the Museum of Flight.