9404 E. Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98168
Georgetown, Beacon Hill & South Seattle
fax: +1 206 764 5707
Daily 10am-5pm (until 9pm 1st Thurs of each month)
The brief drive outside the city is worth it to get a look at Wright planes, war planes, spy planes and more. The Great Hall features over twenty actual planes, including the man-powered Gossamer Albatross, an F-5 supersonic fighter and a Blackbird spy plane. The exhibits walk you through the history of flight, including everything from the Wright brothers to the mystery of Amelia Earhart, with artifacts, newspaper clippings and old video footage.
The kid's center is filled with interactive flight fun, but the real highlight is the simulated air-traffic control tower. As the museum is next to the Boeing airport, you'll watch real planes land and hear real-time transmissions as the pilots are guided in.
Image courtesy of The Museum of Flight