Pima Air and Space Museum
Explore over a century of aviation at the Pima Air and Space Museum, the largest privately funded aerospace museum in the world. Experience over 270 military, commercial, and civilian aircraft including President Kennedy's Air Force One, the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird, and a replica of the first airplane ever built-the Wright Flyer! Home of the WWII themed event in aircraft hangers surrounded by authentic vintage aircraft.
The largest aviation and space museum west of the Rockies, with more than 270 aircraft on display and a wide array of exhibits from pre-Wright brothers to space travel. A presidential aircraft used by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson is open for tours. A tram is available for docent led tours for an additional $5. Tour the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) on Davis Monthan Air Force Base from our facility. Call for reservations 520.618.4800 Pets are welcome on a leash in the museum.
Where can you walk in Kennedy's footsteps, stand in the bombay of a B-24 and hear war stories from veterans? Pima Air & Space Museum, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson is the only place that offers you all these things and more. Home to over 250 aircraft, you are constantly surrounded by airplanes of all shapes and sizes in this not-so-traditional museum.
Upon entering, you walk under the camouflage arch of a 1964 Skycrane, an army helicopter used to drop water onto fires, and enter into a world of flight. The museum contains not only the aircraft on display outside, but also has five hangers that can be toured. Hanger #1 houses many interactive exhibits that kids and adults will love, along with the history of flight from the Kittyhawk in 1903 until now. The Morphis is also here, a high tech, simulator that combines that magic of motion pictures, auto wizardry and some special effects straight from the flight line to make you feel like you are really in space. And if walking around 75 acres in the desert sun to see all the planes seems daunting, tram tours narrated by veterans that decipher the mysteries of the aircraft are available all day.
A short walk to two of the Museum's other hangers take you back in time to the WWII with memorabilia, combat gliders and a B-29 named "Sentimental Journey". And the journey here is indeed sentimental. Since most of the docents and volunteers at the museum have piloted or had some kind of contact with the aircraft, you get a glimpse of firsthand history that you rarely see in schoolbooks. This personal touch makes a visit to the museum like no other in the world. Hanger #5 is home to the Wood Restoration Hanger, where you can look inside and watch as the museum's experts restore the wooden and fabric planes. And as if Hangers #1 through #5 aren't enough, there is also the 390th Memorial Museum--a museum inside Pima Air & Space. Here, you can stand in the bombay of a B-17 and listen to stories of the 13th combat wing.
As you wander around the grounds of the museum, you stumble upon planes from every war and branch of military, grouped by their type, like Bombers or Cargo. Next door to Hanger #1, in its own tent, sits one of 42 sleek SR-71 Blackbirds ever made. This feat of engineering, and the fastest airplane in the world, strikes awe into every visitor that stands in its ominous shadow. In the center of the museum is a ring of Presidential Airplanes called VIP Circle, where you can take an inside tour of the last Presidential propelled plane, used by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson with its outdated formica and rotary telephones.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, also opens up what is nicknamed the "Boneyard" for touring. Here, you not only experience the buzz of an active military base, but you also see the largest Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG). This is the resting place for aircraft that is out of commission or has been permanently retired.
Knowing that flight in the air isn't the only thing that's been achieved in the last 100 years, the museum also contains a Space Exploratorium, with lots of interactive exhibits that entertain while they teach about outer space, Mars and space shuttles. This building also contains a full size X-15 rocket plane and an Apollo 13 capsule used during the filming of the 1995 drama. This is also home to the Challenger Learning Center, where groups can have unique learning opportunities that enhance teamwork and cooperation.
During your visit you can grab something to eat in a 1950's setting at Little Anthony's Air Strip Diner and get some aircraft memorabilia at the gift shop. For up to date admission price visit their website. A combination PASM/Titan Missile Museum ticket is also available. Tram ride, and AMARG tour at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have additional charges. Wagons and wheelchairs are also available for use.
Admission prices: Winter admission is $15.50 adults, $12.75 seniors, groups and military: $9.00 children 7-12
summer admission is $13.75 adults, $11.75 seniors, groups and military; $8.00 children 7-12; 6 and under free (Prices subject to change)
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm daily
For more information call (520) 574-0462
Pima Air & Space Museum: 6000 E. Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706