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Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson

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Pima Air & Space Museum boasts one of the world's largest aircraft collections with more than 300 commercial, private, and military planes. Study the supersonic SR-71 spy plane, the aircraft that carried the Hubble Telescope, and the world's smallest biplane. Stop by the Freedom One, the plane that flew home 55 Americans citizens imprisoned during the Iran hostage crisis. You can also visit the 390th Memorial Museum, a standalone World War II military museum. Bring water and sunscreen with you; touring the outdoor displays can mean considerable time in the sun. Make Pima Air & Space Museum a centerpiece of your Tucson vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tucson road trip planning website .
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  • The Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest non-government funded aviation - and space museums in the world is abundant only 2 hours by car south of Phoenix on the outskirts of Tucson! The list of exhibited aircraft a Wright Flyer to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is with over 300 large. It is sometimes even to the last surviving examples but also to single parts and prototypes. The Museum, which covers 80 hectares, is open all year round every day from 09:00 to 17:00 for the public. The exceptions are only Thanksgiving and Christmas (25.Dezember). The admission price is with $16,50 per adult per day (2 days $22) rather moderate for what you get. If you choose a guided tour in the Caddybus on the grounds, then come $6 to do so. In the afternoon, when temperatures can reach here loosely over 40 degrees Celsius, just this very informative and convenient way is a real insider tip. Since its opening in 1976 the Museum is enormously grown and includes today six exhibition halls (only three of them are devoted to the second world war), in which one very knowledgeable and friendly from the (obviously) volunteers of the Museum with Supplied information about the (largely fantastically restored) exhibits. However that is not too intrusive - if you would like to have his rest, a brief reference is sufficient. The Museum is the exclusive operator of bus tours to the nearby ARMAG "Aircraft Boneyard", the biggest military aircraft cemetery in the world. Unfortunately, an advance booking 10 working days via the website of the PASM is here now required because the necessary vetting and the tours are offered from Monday to Friday. At a price of $10 However, such a tour is an absolute must for a plane-enthusiastic visitors!
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  • If you are an airplane enthusiast, or even if you aren’t, this is a great place to visit. They have several hangars with many airplane in them from different eras...all the way from the Wright Brother...  more »
  • I have a picture of my father from 1945 standing in front of his WW2 airplane. I did not know what type of plane it was, when I showed a volunteer he recognized it immediately as a P39. Then he procee...  more »
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  • I am told that this is the second largest display of aircraft in the world second only to the Smithsonian in DC. If you are in the Tucson area this is a must see museum. The static displays are well maintained with plenty of volunteer staff to answer any question you may have. The trolley tour is well worth the extra $6.00. Our tour was narrated by a retired Air Force fighter pilot who not only had the "Right Stuff" but certainly knew his history of the aircraft and their mission. Take your time and enjoy this magnificent monument to manned flight.
  • The best Air and space museum in the world!! If you're here you HAVE TO GET THE TRAM TOUR if you don't you will be walking for many miles in the sun. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses! The tram tour gives you info on all of the planes on site and is well worthwhile. I recommend trying to land on the moon in the space hangar! So much to see you that you will miss a few things so I recommend spending the whole day here if you have the time.
  • With multiple ways to enjoy the grounds this is a great family experience. The tram tour is a nice way to start your tour of this facility. It provides great deal of history about each of the exhibits while letting you see the full grounds within the Museum without having to walk in the Sun by yourself and try and figure out where each of the planes is from. Staff is friendly and the displays are informative.
  • Don't miss this. So many things to see and lots of interesting info from volunteers there. Forget sports or entertainment figures...if you show up on a Thursday you can meet a true American hero at the B-17 building. WWII pilot who flew 28 missions over Germany will relate his experiences and answer any questions you may have. Highly recommend going here.
  • Staff/volunteers were very helpful and informative. Learned a lot. We didn’t read everything so we got through it in 2 hours. It would be very easy to spend all day there. I noticed a lot of handicap accessibility and there is a nice tram ride around the grounds.

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