San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum We are proud to be California's official air and space museum and education center located in Balboa Park. Preserve, Inspire, Educate, Celebrate!
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Attention Explorers!Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9, until Friday, January 12, we will be temporarily closed for a...
01/08/2024

Attention Explorers!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9, until Friday, January 12, we will be temporarily closed for a refresh and the exciting addition of new exhibits.

This short closure is part of our commitment to providing you with an enhanced and captivating museum experience. We appreciate your understanding and can't wait to unveil the fresh and inspiring updates when we reopen. Get ready for a renewed adventure in aviation and space exploration!

Our Special Exhibition, Above and Beyond!ABOVE AND BEYOND celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight....
01/07/2024

Our Special Exhibition, Above and Beyond!

ABOVE AND BEYOND celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. This forward-looking and interactive exhibit feature immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present.ABOVE AND BEYOND ignites a passion for humankind’s greatest adventure: Our journey of flight in the air and space.

Step into a world of imagination and exploration as we invite you to experience life on the moon. Venture into our lunar...
01/06/2024

Step into a world of imagination and exploration as we invite you to experience life on the moon. Venture into our lunar habitat, explore the moon's surface, and even pilot a NASA lunar lander capsule! With interactive learning areas, engaging activities, and a moon-focused theme, Moon Base San Diego promises an out-of-this-world adventure for all ages.

As winter vacation draws to a close, make the most of this weekend with a visit to the museum! Explore the wonders of av...
01/05/2024

As winter vacation draws to a close, make the most of this weekend with a visit to the museum! Explore the wonders of aviation and space, creating lasting memories before heading back to routine. Embark on an adventure filled with history, innovation, and inspiration.

Here's to a weekend of discovery and fun at the museum!

On this day, January 3, we celebrate the anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rover "Spirit" landing on the Martian surfa...
01/03/2024

On this day, January 3, we celebrate the anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rover "Spirit" landing on the Martian surface!
In 2004, Spirit touched down on the Red Planet, beginning its mission to explore and uncover the mysteries of Mars. Overcoming challenges and surpassing expectations, Spirit provided valuable data and images, expanding our understanding of the Martian landscape. Join us in commemorating this remarkable achievement that contributed to our ongoing exploration of the cosmos. Here's to the spirit of discovery!

To enhance your museum experience, we will be closed from Tuesday, January 9, until Friday, January 12, for a period of ...
01/02/2024

To enhance your museum experience, we will be closed from Tuesday, January 9, until Friday, January 12, for a period of refreshment and the addition of new exhibits. Get ready for an even more immersive and inspiring journey through the world of aviation and space!

During this brief closure, we'll be working to bring you new and captivating displays that celebrate the wonders of flight. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back for an upgraded museum adventure!

Happy New Year!Start the year with a sense of wonder and exploration by visiting us today! We are open normal hours, rea...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year!

Start the year with a sense of wonder and exploration by visiting us today! We are open normal hours, ready to welcome you to a world of aviation and space discovery. Dive into the rich history of flight and embark on a journey that ignites your curiosity.

Wishing you a year filled with exciting adventures and new horizons. Here's to an incredible 2024!

New Year's Eve Update: The museum will be closing early at 3 pm, with final admission at 2:30pm. Wishing you a safe and ...
12/31/2023

New Year's Eve Update: The museum will be closing early at 3 pm, with final admission at 2:30pm. Wishing you a safe and joyous New Year's Eve celebration! Here is a look back a some of our favorite moments of the year!

As the year concludes, consider making a lasting impact through Year-End Giving! Your support has fueled our mission to ...
12/30/2023

As the year concludes, consider making a lasting impact through Year-End Giving! Your support has fueled our mission to inspire, educate, and preserve the wonders of aviation and space exploration.

Your contribution helps: Preserve historical artifacts. Inspire future generations. Create innovative educational programs. Share the excitement of aviation and space globally.

Whether a small or substantial donation, each contribution plays a crucial role in shaping the future of aerospace history. Visit our website or contact us directly to explore how you can be part of this transformative journey.

Thank you for being an essential part of our mission. Here's to a new year filled with boundless possibilities and thrilling discoveries!



https://sandiegoairandspace.org/donate

On this day, December 29, in aviation history, Jackie Cochran achieved extraordinary feats in her North American Aviatio...
12/29/2023

On this day, December 29, in aviation history, Jackie Cochran achieved extraordinary feats in her North American Aviation P-51C Mustang, Thunderbird!

Jackie Cochran soared through the skies, setting not just one but two Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world speed records. Her achievements in the P-51C Mustang, known for its speed and agility, marked another chapter in the remarkable career of this pioneering aviator.
Join us in commemorating Jackie Cochran's groundbreaking accomplishments that continue to inspire aviation enthusiasts around the world.

Red Bull is one of the most successful energy drink companies in the world and has always been popular with athletes and...
12/29/2023

Red Bull is one of the most successful energy drink companies in the world and has always been popular with athletes and associated with extreme sports. In 2010, the company teamed up with Austrian skydiver, Felix Baumgartner, to prepare for the highest skydive ever attempted. With a mission to transcend human limits, Red Bull Stratos brought together the world's leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation, and balloon fabrication.

On October 14, 2012, Baumgartner broke three world records during his supersonic free-fall from 24 miles up in the stratosphere over New Mexico, and became the first human to break the sound barrier without any form of engine power. This magnificent feat could not have taken place without the assistance of retired Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger, who previously held the world record for the highest parachute jump in August 1960 from 102,800 feet and served as Baumgartner’s mentor and capsule communicator. He was also the first person to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon. Serving as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he achieved an aerial kill of a North Vietnamese jet fighter and was later shot down himself, spending 11 months as a prisoner of war in a North Vietnamese prison. Art Thompson, the Technical Project Director and engineer for the Red Bull Stratos capsule, assembled an award-winning team that made possible Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking stratospheric skydive.

The Red Bull Stratos Project was inducted into the prestigious International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 2013.

Exciting News: Moon Base San Diego is Now Open!Step into a world of imagination and exploration as we invite you to expe...
12/28/2023

Exciting News: Moon Base San Diego is Now Open!

Step into a world of imagination and exploration as we invite you to experience life on the moon. Venture into our lunar habitat, explore the moon's surface, and even pilot a NASA lunar lander capsule! With interactive learning areas, engaging activities, and a moon-focused theme, Moon Base San Diego promises an out-of-this-world adventure for all ages. Join us in this unique journey and discover the wonders of STEM and space exploration.

Step into history at our "Breaking Barriers" exhibit, a tribute to pioneering Black American aviators and astronauts. Ma...
12/27/2023

Step into history at our "Breaking Barriers" exhibit, a tribute to pioneering Black American aviators and astronauts. Marvel at the inspiring journey of Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis and others who defied gravity and expectations. Immerse yourself in their stories, and witness the lifelike presence of Brigadier General Davis through our animatronic display. Join us in celebrating the courage and accomplishments that broke barriers in the sky and beyond.

  to 1999 when SDASM volunteers built and hung a Spirit of St. Louis reproduction at San Diego International Airport. Un...
12/27/2023

to 1999 when SDASM volunteers built and hung a Spirit of St. Louis reproduction at San Diego International Airport. Unlike the authentic, flyable Spirt you can see in our Museum, the airport’s is not airworthy. However, it does have an authentic Wright J-5 engine like Lindbergh’s.

On the day after Christmas, 1956 this aircraft made its first flight. It was derived from the aircraft pictured, which c...
12/26/2023

On the day after Christmas, 1956 this aircraft made its first flight. It was derived from the aircraft pictured, which can be seen at our Gillespie Field Annex. Rumor is that it was faster than Santa’s sleigh that day!

Good news! We're open and ready for an adventure. Come check out "Above and Beyond," our exciting exhibition celebrating...
12/26/2023

Good news! We're open and ready for an adventure. Come check out "Above and Beyond," our exciting exhibition celebrating the power of innovation in aviation and space.

Embark on a journey of discovery and explore the incredible advancements that have shaped our journey through the skies and beyond. From immersive simulations to interactive design challenges, this exhibit is a celebration of humankind's greatest adventure. Join us and let the wonders of flight ignite your curiosity. See you at the museum!

Merry Christmas!In celebration of the holiday, the museum will be closed today. May your day be filled with joy, laughte...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas!
In celebration of the holiday, the museum will be closed today. May your day be filled with joy, laughter, and the warmth of the season. Wishing you a Merry Christmas from all of us at the museum!

Celebrate the holidays with a special Apollo 8 Christmas reading!Join us in revisiting the iconic moment when, on Decemb...
12/24/2023

Celebrate the holidays with a special Apollo 8 Christmas reading!
Join us in revisiting the iconic moment when, on December 24, 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 delivered a heartwarming Christmas Eve message from lunar orbit. As they orbited the Moon, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders shared the story of creation, offering a message of peace and goodwill to Earth. Take a moment to reflect on this historic and uplifting moment that transcended the boundaries of space. Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToHhQUhdyBY&t=6s

Holiday Announcement! On Christmas Eve, the Museum will close early at 3pm, with final admission at 2:30pm.We invite you...
12/24/2023

Holiday Announcement! On Christmas Eve, the Museum will close early at 3pm, with final admission at 2:30pm.

We invite you to enjoy the festive season with us and explore the wonders of aviation and space. Please plan your visit accordingly, and we look forward to welcoming you during our holiday hours. Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with joy and discovery!

Holiday Hours Announcement!As the festive season is upon us, please take note of our adjusted hours:Christmas Eve: Closi...
12/23/2023

Holiday Hours Announcement!
As the festive season is upon us, please take note of our adjusted hours:

Christmas Eve: Closing early at 3pm final admission at 2:30pm
Christmas Day: Closed for the Holiday
New Year's Eve: Closing early at 3pm - Final Admission at 2:30pm
New Year's Day: Open for Regular Hours
Check our website for more information. Wishing you a joyous holiday season filled with wonder and cheer!



https://sandiegoairandspace.org/museum/holiday-hours

On December 22, 1964, the A-12, the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird, took to the skies for the first time. This high-sp...
12/22/2023

On December 22, 1964, the A-12, the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird, took to the skies for the first time. This high-speed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft went on to set numerous speed and altitude records, becoming an iconic symbol of aerospace engineering excellence. Let's pay tribute to the innovation and engineering prowess that birthed this remarkable aircraft.
Join us in honoring the Blackbird and the incredible advancements it brought to the world of aviation!

William A. Anders was born October 17, 1933, in Hong Kong but grew up in SanDiego, California. He graduated from the U.S...
12/22/2023

William A. Anders was born October 17, 1933, in Hong Kong but grew up in San
Diego, California. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955, and after pilot training, he went on to graduate from Harvard University. In 1963, Anders was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for training in the Apollo program. On December 21, 1968, Anders, James Lovell and Frank Borman became the first men to leave earth’s gravity and orbit the moon. Apollo 8 gave us our first close-up view of the lunar surface and of the moon’s back side. The astronauts remained in an orbit about 70 miles above the surface of the moon for about 20 hours, transmitting television pictures to earth and verifying that lunar landmarks could be used for navigation to lunar landing sites. Most significantly, Apollo 8 confirmed the technology which permitted succeeding crews to land on the moon. In 1969, Anders served as back-up lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, the first lunar landing. After leaving NASA, he went on to serve in a number of prestigious public and corporate appointments including U.S. Ambassador to Norway and chairman, General Dynamics Corporation.

Anders was inducted into the prestigious International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 1990.

On this day in 1968, humanity embarked on a historic journey as Apollo 8 launched into space! Astronauts Frank Borman, J...
12/21/2023

On this day in 1968, humanity embarked on a historic journey as Apollo 8 launched into space! Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders became the first humans to leave Earth's orbit, orbit the Moon, and return safely. Their mission was a pivotal moment in space exploration, paving the way for future lunar missions. Join us in commemorating the incredible achievements of Apollo 8 and the brave astronauts who ventured into the unknown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE-vOscpiNc

Last-minute holiday shopping? Stop by our gift shop for unique and exciting gifts! Explore a selection of aviation and s...
12/20/2023

Last-minute holiday shopping? Stop by our gift shop for unique and exciting gifts! Explore a selection of aviation and space-themed items that are perfect for enthusiasts of all ages. From educational toys to stylish apparel, find the ideal presents for your loved ones.
Don't miss the chance to pick up these one-of-a-kind gifts before the year comes to a close. Visit our gift shop and make this holiday season truly special!

As the year concludes, consider making a lasting impact through Year-End Giving! Your support has fueled our mission to ...
12/19/2023

As the year concludes, consider making a lasting impact through Year-End Giving! Your support has fueled our mission to inspire, educate, and preserve the wonders of aviation and space exploration.

Your contribution helps: Preserve historical artifacts. Inspire future generations. Create innovative educational programs. Share the excitement of aviation and space globally.

Whether a small or substantial donation, each contribution plays a crucial role in shaping the future of aerospace history. Visit our website or contact us directly to explore how you can be part of this transformative journey.
Thank you for being an essential part of our mission. Here's to a new year filled with boundless possibilities and thrilling discoveries!



https://sandiegoairandspace.org/donate

In our “Breaking Barriers” exhibit that can be seen in our World War Two Gallery, we have an animatronic of General Benj...
12/19/2023

In our “Breaking Barriers” exhibit that can be seen in our World War Two Gallery, we have an animatronic of General Benjamin O. Davis, who was the commander of the Tuskegee Airmen. The airmen were often called by this nickname, derived from the paint scheme of their aircraft?

12/18/2023

Yesterday, we celebrated the historic anniversary of powered flight by the Wright Brothers by powering on our replica of the Wright Flyer Engine!

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight! On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wil...
12/17/2023

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight! On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the dream of powered flight, forever changing the course of history.

Join us in honoring the pioneers of aviation whose innovation and determination paved the way for the incredible advancements in flight. It's a day to reflect on the spirit of exploration and the boundless possibilities that took flight on the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk.
Happy Wright Brothers' Day!

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2001 Pan American Plz
San Diego, CA
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Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
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Sunday 10am - 4:30pm

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