Located on Lake Hood—the world’s busiest seaplane base—Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum celebrates Alaska’s aviation history. Flight is an important part of state history as it opened the remote state to the world. Through aircraft displays and exhibits, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum tells the stories of Alaska’s aviation pioneers.
Since opening its doors in 1988, the aviation museum has devoted itself to preserving Alaska’s aviation history. The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum boasts more than 25 vintage aircraft on display as well as a hangar where visitors can watch volunteers work on restoring vintage planes.
Several exhibits feature photographs, ﬁlms, and artifacts from personal collections of Alaska’s aviation pioneers. Museum visitors can also watch seaplanes take off and land from the control tower and try their own hand at flying with full-immersion virtual flight simulators.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This Alaska museum is a must-see for aviation enthusiasts.
- The museum is closed Mondays.
- Many museum exhibits are stroller and wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located near the Anchorage International Airport, the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum is five miles (eight kilometers) from central Anchorage. From downtown Anchorage, bus 40 (Airport bus) gets you within a few minutes’ walk of the museum. The museum is located on Lake Hood and is a great place to view planes taking off from both the Lake Hood Seaplane Base and Anchorage International Airport.
When to Get There
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum is open year-round, but may have limited operating hours during winter. If you want to view seaplane landings, visit in summer when the base is more active. During winter, the frozen lake is maintained for ski-equipped planes.
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Aircraft Exhibits
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum has four hangars of vintage airplanes as well as outdoor exhibits. The most historic plane in its collection is the Stearman C2B built in 1928; it conducted the first landing and rescue on North America's tallest mountain, Denali, in 1932. Other highlights include a 1931 American Pilgrim, 1941 single engine Stinson L-1, and 1966 Helio Courier.