|Museum of Flight||Flying Heritage Museum|
|Northwest Railway Museum||Historic Flight Foundation||The Center for Wooden Boats|
Museum of Flight
Address: 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle 98108
Opening hours: 10:00AM – 05:00 PM daily
Prices: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (over 65) and active military, $11 for youth (5-17), free for children under the age of 5, free on the first Thursday of each month after 05:00 PM (the museum is open until 09:00 PM on these days)
More info: www.museumofflight.org
The Museum of Flight could not exist elsewhere in the world than it the city that saw the birth of Boeing. Showcasing a unique collection of over historic aircrafts, the Museum of Flight makes an interesting visit for all those who want to know more about the history of aviation. Spacecraft exhibits are also on display, illustrating the evolution of space exploration from Kitty Hawk to the historic moment when the first man set foot on the moon.
With 11 permanent exhibitions and more temporary ones, this top Seattle aviation museum allows you to plunge into the history of aviation and learn a lot of interesting bits about the evolution of flight techniques and the takes humankind took into conquering the space.
The 737 Airliner Theater exhibition allows you to board a US Air Boeing 737 and enjoy a business class seat while watching the documentary Time Flies: A Century of Flight Afterwards, you can visit the aircraft’s cockpit.
Entering the Air Force One exhibition means actually visiting the first presidential jet plane located in the museum’s airpark. A specially designed Boeing 707-120, the Air Force One was built back in 1959. Its special presidential facilities were used by the US presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and other top political figures, until it was taken out of the presidential fleet in June 1996.
Apollo 17 Mission Models showcases 1/6 scale models of Challenger lunar module. Complete the space experience with a visit to the Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibition, where you see a diorama of the landing site.
Some of the most interesting exhibitions to visit are those focusing on the history of the Boeing, but also the World War I Fighters and World War II Fighters.
Flying Heritage Collection
Address:3407 109th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, closed on Mondays for the rest of the year
Prices: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (over 65) and military, $10 for youth (5-17), free for children under the age of 6
More info: www.flyingheritage.com
The home of flying warbirds, the Flying Heritage Collection is located 40 kilometers North of Seattle, in the town of Everett. Here you will find on display war aircrafts and technological devices used in the field of aviation between the years 1935 and 1945. A fascinating visit for aviation and history buffs, this Seattle aviation museum sheds a light on the way this world evolved, and show how past innovators and innovations influenced this evolution.
Northwest Railway Museum
Address: 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM daily
More info: www.trainmuseum.org
Located in Snoqualmie and housed by a Victorian depot, the Northwest Railway Museum offers a unique experience.
Here you can learn a lot of interesting things about the history of the railway system in Washington and the way it influenced people’s lives.
Visiting this Seattle transport museum feels like traveling back in time to an era before the Interstate highways even existed.
On Saturdays and Sundays, from April through the end of October, you can also enjoy a historical steam train ride.
Historic Flight Foundation
Address: 10719 Bernie Webber Dr, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays
More info: www.historicflight.org
Opened to the public in 2003 as “John T. Sessions Historic Aircraft Foundation”, this Seattle aviation museum intends to collect, restore, and showcase aircrafts that played a major role in the history of aviation from the times when Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic (1927) to the first test flight of the Boeing 707 (1957).
The Historic Flight Foundation is set at the southwest corner of Paine Field – a historic airport which had only slow activity since World War II. In 2011, a new building – the Historic Flight Education Center – opened, allowing visitors to enjoy a fully entertaining Killo-7 flight experience.
The Center for Wooden Boats
Opening hours: schedule changes depending on the season
More info: www.cwb.org
Benefiting from three waterfront locations (at South Lake Union, Cama Beach and North Lake Union), the Center for Wooden Boats invites all those interested in learning more about the history of sailing and boats crafting to visit its premises, walk the doc and admire the exhibits.
Besides the maritime museum facet, you will find in each of these locations a hub of hands-on learning where you can acquire sailing skills, rent a boat, or attend a workshop.
Located on the waterfront, any of the Center for Wooden Boats’ three locations represents a great idea for a family day spent outdoors, weather you want to teach your kids a history and crafts lesson or you want to have some fun learning how to row or sail a boat.