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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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  • Wow. One of the best museums I've ever been to, if not the best. We were in the Tucson area trying to figure out what to do and the reviews here were so positive it was an easy decision. When you're driving up, you see all the planes lined up outside and it makes you so excited to go in. All the volunteers are extremely friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Unfortunately we didn't have as much time as we'd like but I plan to go back and spend a few hours. You just get lost in the history and it's certainly not every day you get to be up close and personal with Air Force One or an SR-71 Blackbird.
  • exceeded all expectations. Great even for those of us who are not airplane enthusiasts. All employees and volunteers were very knowledgeable and courteous. We got there at 1:30 thinking 3 hours would be more than enough, we could have spent another 2 hours. Closes at 4:30. DO THE TRAIN RIDE!!
  • Absolutely astonishing museum. So many unique aircraft. Volunteers are very friendly and love to teach about specific details and special histories of each aircraft. Restoration center was super cool. I like that visitors can look in and see some of the historic planes being preserved.
  • Came from Canada and was able to fit in a day at the museum on my travels. Absolutely fantastic museum for aviation lovers - the best I've ever been to. Can't believe the value for your money, especially when you do the boneyard tour too (book that 10++ days in advance though!). I suggest pacing yourself and setting aside a good two days to really take this all in, we were VERY rushed with only one day to try and see it all and still have time to read the signage, etc. Expected a little more from the gift shop, but won't hold that against them!
  • This has got to be the gem of the southwest for anyone with or without a passion for flying great exhibits of some of the most iconic aircraft in the world from the Wright bros. To the space shuttle it's all here with 80 acres of exhibits you're bound to find something to peak your interest if I could give it 10 stars I would 5 for the museum and 5 for the absolutely amazing staff and volunteers. Thank you for an AMAZING time

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