Top 10 aviation museums around the world
The world's best aviation museums capture the achievements and products of pilots, designers, and engineers. These are the people who got us from those first flights to space travel. So, if you love aviation just like we do, you should visit at least one of these spectacular museums in your lifetime!
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (Credit: Jawed Karim)
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is located in Washington D.C. and maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts. It encompasses all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It was established in 1946 as the National Air Museum. The museum opened its main building on the National Mall near L'Enfant Plaza in 1976. In 2016, the museum saw approximately 7.5 million visitors. The museum was the second most popular museum in the world.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Credit: Clemens Vasters)
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada's national aviation history museum. The museum is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport. It features aircraft from all eras of flight, flight simulators, and many interactive exhibitions, there is always lots to see and do.
Kansas Aviation Museum
Kansas Aviation Museum (Credit: David G. Keith)
This aviation museum is located in Kansas, Midwestern United States. It occupies a beautiful WPA (Works Progress Administration) building which was the Wichita Municipal Airport terminal from 1935 to 1951. Its exhibition includes its larger aircraft outside the building, but there are many smaller aircraft and displays inside the building.
The Pima Air & Space Museum
The Pima Air & Space Museum (Credit: Alan Wilson)
The Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. It features over 350 historical aircraft, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. Sitting on 80 acres the museum opened its doors to the public in May of 1976. On display, you can find President John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One, and presidential aircraft used by presidents Nixon and Johnson and see them up close.
The National Museum of the US Air Force
National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum's collection contains many rare aircraft of historical or technological importance and various memorabilia and artifacts from the history and development of aviation.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. The museum is the only museum where visitors can see and gain knowledge about the legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets, and a Cold War-era submarine.
Paris Air and Space Museum
TheMuseum of Air and Space is located in the south-eastern edge of the Le Bourget Airport, 10 km north of Paris. Occupying over 150,000 square meters of land and hangars, the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace is one of the oldest aviation museums in the world.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
The museum is divided into many galleries with exhibits showcasing the contributions of San Diego to aviation. On February 22, 1978, the Electrical Building and the Museum were destroyed in an arson fire. Several one-of-a-kind aircraft completely burned down, including the Beecraft Wee Bee, the world's lightest aircraft.
Yorkshire Air Museum
The Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is the most original Second World War RAF Bomber Command station open to the public. It is also the only Allied Air Forces Memorial in Europe.
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
The Future of Flight Aviation Center is an aviation museum and education center located at the northwest corner of Paine Field in Mukilteo, Washington. The museum includes a 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) gallery containing static and interactive exhibits and displays as well as a 240-seat theater, café, and shops.
Central Air Force Museum
Central Air Force Museum. Sukhoi T-4 An air museum in Monin, Moscow Oblast that is full of glorious aviation examples of the now fallen Soviet Union. It is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, with over 170 aircraft and 120 aircraft engines on display. It includes one of the few remaining supersonic transport aircraft, the Tupolev Tu-144 and the only surviving prototype of the Soviet supersonic bomber Sukhoi T-4.
Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim
Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim. Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 can be seen in the background. One of the largest technical museums in the world, it includes various cars, motorcycles, and other land speed breaking machinery. But why is it one of the top aviation museums in the world? Because it is the only place in the world where you can see a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 together. It also has the Russian space shuttle Buran, the only reusable space shuttle built in Russia. Source
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