The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest non-government aerospace museums in the world. Spread across 80 acres (32 hectares) and five indoor hangars, the grounds display some 125,000 artifacts and 300 aircraft, including the world’s smallest biplane, presidential planes, MiGs, a German buzz bomb, and an SR-71A Blackbird.
Admission to the Pima Air & Space Museum, the third-largest aviation museum in the nation, includes access to both the 390th Memorial Museum and the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. Visitors can choose between a basic museum admission ticket, or opt for a tram tour of the museum grounds or a guided tour of the nearby Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG). Commonly known as The Boneyard, this is the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Pima Air & Space Museum is a must-visit for aviation enthusiasts and families traveling with kids.
- Wear comfortable shoes; the collection is spread out over a large area.
- Plan to spend about three to four hours visiting all hangars and outdoor exhibits.
- AMARG tours must be booked at least 10 business days in advance.
- All of the museum buildings are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
To get to the Pima Air & Space Museum, take Interstate 10 to the Valencia Road exit (Exit 267). Parking is free.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily throughout the year, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Tours of The Boneyard (AMARG) are only available Monday through Friday. Since you’ll be walking outdoors between hangars, it’s a good idea to visit in the morning when temperatures are cool.
World War II Hangars
If you have limited time to spend at the museum, be sure to visit the World War II collection within Hangars 3, 4, and 5. Free docent-led tours of this collection offer insight into the contribution of planes and aviation technology in both the European and Pacific theaters.