Air Museum, Palm Springs
This was another wonderful fun thing to do when we visited here. The Palm Springs Air Museum is a non-profit educational institution and home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII Airplanes. This museum has some of the finest examples of WWII flying aircraft, related artifacts, artwork and library sources.
All the aircraft are in flying condition also. So if you smell fuel & oil, that is why. They have two hangers filled with wonderful working display for children and adults to enjoy. So many wonderful exhibits and plenty of volunteers willing to show you around or answer any questions you have. Most of them are Veterans. They even have some future exhibit aircraft located outside, so wonder out there and enjoy the beautiful mountain range.
WWII is unparalleled in all of the history of the world in that it was the greatest, most costly conflict ever fought, taking the lives of more than 70 million people. My uncles from both sides and my Mom are/were all WWII Vets. My father was a Vet of Korea and Vietnam. So be sure to check this wonderful museum the next time you are in Palm Springs.
• 27 Flyable Warbirds
• Vintage car collection
• Tour through a flyable B-17 bomber
• Watch a movie in the Buddy Rogers Theater
• Test your skill on flight simulators
• Visit the unique gift shop
• “Pilot Shop” Now Open
• “Kool Kids” Activity Center
•WWII Educational Resource Library
• Java Joe’s and Our Freedom Fighter Cafe Open daily year-round. Group Tours.
This museum is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting WW II combat aircraft. There are 2 large and incredibly immaculate indoor hangars in addition to aircraft being displayed outside. Most are operational and are flown 1-2 times per month. Besides aircraft there are vintage cars, model warships, artwork, a library, flight simulators, a theatre and numerous displays of WW II artifacts. Another definite "Must See"!!!
The museum is divided in 2 parts:
1: WWII in Europe
2: The war in the Pacific
It contains one of the world's largest collections of WWII airplanes, automobiles and a few military vehicles. The guides are the people who made history: voluntary veterans of WWII. They are omnipresent to answer the visitor's questions.
Open seven days a week, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
To end with a visit at the "obligatory" museum shop: posters, badges, t-shirts... nice specimens for army adepts.
Here's a P40 Warhawk.
Most of the volunteers served in WW II and are extremely passionate about this museum. They are very knowledgable and are more than eager to share their WW II stories.
Please see travelogue as well.
Admission: Adults $8.00, Children $3.50, under 6 are free. Seniors & Military with ID $6.50.
Auto Club discounts
Hours: Daily 10am to 5 pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I popped over to the Air Museum after I was at a conference and had a great time visiting the museum. I highly recommend this museum. For a small donation of $3 I was able to climb/walk through the B-17 bomber they have there. Talking with a WWII veteran was another highlight of the museum. The library upstairs is pretty good with lots of computers to try your hand at a WWII flight simulator. Everyone there is super friendly. It is not a big museum, but that is okay.
I'm really not into war and planes and stuff but I really enjoyed hanging out at the Air Museum for a couple of hours. Very entertaining and eduucational too. Some WWII vets are located around the place to talk to anyone that wants to hear their interesting stories.