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San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM, formerly the San Diego Aerospace Museum) is an aviation and space exploration museum in San Diego, California, United States. The museum is located in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building, which is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. SDASM was established by articles of incorporation on October 12, 1961 and opened to the public on February 15, 1963.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
Like this place a lot. Many great airplanes and models. I only wish that there is a clear guide for the exhibits and docents are bit more engaged.
Great display of aviation history from the first aircraft to space flight. Selection of items on display seems a bit arbitrary and there is much they do not cover but it is understandable given that there is limited space. All in all worth a visit and good value for money.
There is some super stuff here, a good history of flight. The special exhibits, while fun, do tend to get in the way of the standard exhibit sometimes. The flight simulators are great fun, and the 3D movies for kids are fun too. Worth a visit if you like giant shiny machines.
I've been here twice. It's not as large as some places but you get to see a lot of aviation history. It makes a great venue for events. I didn't pay for the simulation but got a free ride when I attended an event. The simulator spins and tilts pretty well and feels like you're almost upside down.
A lot of planes and one of of the Apollo modules. Well organized and interesting. "Be the astronaut" is a nice interactive exhibition, worth trying. Worth the visit, while visiting the Balboa Park.
I'm really into Aviation, and I have been since I was a kid... I loved it here. There's so much to see and do. They have a special exhibit going on right now and for the next few months called "Speed" and there's a whole bunch of interactive stuff to do in there, from a moto GP arcade game (2 player) to some hot wheels drag racing. They also bring in a bunch of really cool rare cars monthly, each with a different theme. Once you get into the main portion of the museum, there's all kinds of history about the planes and pilots and some really rare pieces of history that really make you think. Towards the end, they have a really fun flight simulator (extra $8) where you strap into a cockpit and get to do Barrel rolls and backflips. I can't wait to go back!
Interesting museum. Not comfortable on a hot day when crowded. Lots to see. Part of Balboa Park, which has several different museums. Can easily spend a day here. Close to zoo. Not to pleased with the food here.
This place was fun, it had a lot of cool and interesting exhibits. It's just a pretty quick museum. Overall awesome.
One of the best Air and Space Museums on the west coast. The flight simulator they have is fun. Its mostly a self guided tour although they do have head phones. The best part is that the museum is on the grounds of historic Balboa Park, the former site of the worlds fair. Balboa Park is a sprawling park with trees and rolling green hills covered in grass with historic buildings sprinkled among the scenary, you could spend an entire day here and still not see everything. From the historic gardens to the world famous SD Zoo, this is a must see place on your visit to San Diego.
Great place for airplane enthusiast! Alot of history from military and non military aircraft. It's family and kid friendly. There are workshops along the path to stimulate kids minds. Kids can play STEM games as it pertains to aviation. Although a bit small compared to some of the more well know aviation museums you will definitely get your fare share of education on aviation. Definitely a place to stop by.
Took the kids here around Christmas time and they had some lights and fun activities for them. They also had hot cocoa and cider for everyone. Great memories and plus a really cool place to learn facts and see awesome displays!
Very small and tightly packed aviation museum with high admission fees ($20 for one ticket👀) There are a lot of interesting exhibits on display here but it seems like not enough thought was put into their presentation. You might catch yourself accidentally walking past something you’re interested in, or searching for info on something that caught your eye - not finding it. Overall okay were it not for the previously mentioned High Admission Fees. Some of the staff aren’t very knowledgeable re: missing info on certain exhibits.
Ask questions ... the people are super informative. Unpaid airplane buffs who care to share their stories. Takes you back in time! Lots of history ... engines, prototypes, and lots for kids to climb in and explore. We love to find inexpensive places to explore.
A very nice, if somewhat limited display of aviation history. Most floor space is dedicated to military aviation, reasonable in my opinion. I'm a little disappointed that so much area has been shifted from historic displays to interactive activities and special events.... it seems to show quite a bit less than it did 20 years ago, but perhaps this change better suits the current patrons. Docents are quite knowledgeable.
This is a little gem of a museum. It has a nice mix of kid and adult friendly stuff and diverse collection of aircraft. The apollo capsule is really cool to see up close, and the F4 on the rotunda is one of the best positioned displays of a plane I've seen. It's not big, figure a couple hours to see everything. Worth a stop if you're in Balboa Park already.
This place isn't bad. What really grinds my gears though, is the first thing you see after you get your tickets and walk in is another exhibit that you pay extra for to access. So they immediately try to upsell you right after you pay for your ticket and before you experience any of the museum that you just payed to visit. If you decide not to pay for the extra car exhibit, you instead have to go through a long and very narrow hallway to get to the rest of the museum. And it is so narrow and wall so high that you cannot see the airplanes hanging from the ceiling near the beginning or the painting high along the wall.
The Admission: $19.5 Very interesting museums! It is nice to see the different type of planes and the history about them. There is a 3D/4D theater. It is quite fun to experience being on the space. They are all free included in the admission. This is definitely the kind of museums kids love!
DO NOT GO HERE. Theater not working and the staff had zero decency in letting us know that before taking our money. Half the stuff isn’t working. And it’s all old and racketey. Planes are all replicas except for 3-4. The simulator rides suck. Staff is unfriendly and couldn’t be bothered in assisting you. We went with 2 little kids and hated our experience to the core. Never again. SAVE YOUR MONEY. Do anything else. ANYTHING ELSE EXCEPT THIS.
Nice little museum that definitely does not disappoint. A lot of originals and well done replica. Definitely seemed to be for older children and adults which is nice because the exhibits go in depth. Loved the center pavilion
I have always loved aviation, and while the temporary special exhibits are sometimes a stretch as to their fit with aviation, the collection and presentation are well done. The basement is well worth the visit to see behind the scenes is the museum and under the skins of airplanes, and if you are local or have the time, so is the annex at Gillespie Field. The Flight Path Grill is a good lunch option for enjoying a relaxed lunch if you are one who can appreciate the opportunity to see incoming jets flying overhead as they arrive in San Diego.
I was looking for places to visit while i was staying in San Diego and I can say I was not disappointed. Although the building is relatively small, there is no shortage of history or exhibits. Some of the planes and vehicles are replicas, but it is still cool to see the history behind each exhibit.
We liked visiting the museum. But overall for an air museum in a military town it's barely average. I expected a lot more exhibits. The place feels a bit run down. Definitely in need of a cleaning and or remodel.