The Pima Air & Space Museum is a non-profit facility that is home to hundreds of aircraft from throughout aviation history. Since its founding in 1976 with just under fifty aircraft in its collection the Museum has grown to become the largest privately funded non-governmental aerospace museum in the world. You can tour around the Museum to see this impressive display of commercial, military and civil aircraft and enjoy one of their many events and programs.
Things to Do
- Many of the educational programs which take place at the Museum are geared towards children and their families. At "How Things Fly" kids under eight will learn all about the science of what keeps planes in the air through demonstrations and experiments.
- Children between four and seven should enjoy the Young Flyers Fun program where they learn about aviation through stories, tours and arts and crafts. The Lego Robotics Experience is for all those budding engineers above the age of eight. Here they will learn how to build and robot and program it to complete tasks.
- One of the Museum's most impressive historical exhibits is based around the exploits of the 390th Bombardment Group during World War II. The exhibit is based around a geuine B-17 bomber that was built during the war. This bomber, along with various artifacts, documents and the accounts of the men who fought tell the story of this heroic group of men who fought in decisive battles and maintained an incredible record in combat.
The Pima Air & Space Museum Insider Tips
- Once you are finished at the Museum you can extend your visit by heading to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Titan Missile Museum, both of which are nearby. The former houses "The Graveyard of Planes", the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world. At the latter you can take a tour of a real Titan II Inter-continental balistic missile which is still housed in its silo.