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Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson

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Pima Air and Space Museum boasts one of the world's largest aircraft collections with more than 300 commercial, private, and military planes. Study the supersonic SR-71 spy plane, the aircraft that carried the Hubble Telescope, and the world's smallest biplane. Stop by the Freedom One, the plane that flew home 55 Americans citizens imprisoned during the Iran hostage crisis. You can also visit the 390th Memorial Museum, a standalone World War II military museum. Bring water and sunscreen with you; touring the outdoor displays can mean considerable time in the sun. Make Pima Air and Space Museum a centerpiece of your Tucson vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tucson road trip planning website.
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  • A great place to visit! The young lady who waited on us at the entrance was great too. This is a huge area to explore, but plenty of places to sit for a while if needed. The parking lot was mostly....  more
    A great place to visit! The young lady who waited on us at the entrance was great too. This is a huge area to explore, but plenty of places to sit for a while if needed. The parking lot was mostly....  more »
  • I’m not particularly interested in planes, but this was really good. A huge variety of planes from various countries. It is good to walk around the planes inside the hangers and outside, but also... 
    I’m not particularly interested in planes, but this was really good. A huge variety of planes from various countries. It is good to walk around the planes inside the hangers and outside, but also...  more »
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  • If you're a local then you definitely know about this place. If you're from out of town or a visitor then you wanna see this place. We'll worth it. Be prepared to spend at least 3-4 hours checking this place out. But also be prepared for the heat and the weather. Take water, hat and sunscreen. Some people can walk around the grounds. But you can also take the tram. We took the tram and saved the walking. The tram is roughly 45 minutes. But has a lot of information about the jets, planes and other machinery that is also there. Definitely worth the visit. Side note: the food at the snack bar is decent. Don't expect restaurant style food it's a snack bar. Quick food, soft drinks, water and a cool place to sit and relax out of the heat. Enjoy.
  • FUN & EDUCATIONAL! GREAT WORKOUT! This place is massive! I was told there is a combined 80 acres of indoor and outdoor space dedicated to aircrafts and more. You see everything from helicopters, jets, single prop planes, medical transports, presidential planes, cargo planes, old military jeeps, memorabilia, insignia and tons more. There is a restaurant on site, plenty of opportunities for the restroom, tons of free water fountains scattered about, and even more seating in the form of benches, chairs, and picnic tables. I get the feeling the staff understand the amount of energy and time it takes to ingest all the information and view all the sites this museum has to offer. PRICE: The $18 charge (circa early 2022) came to be well worth it. I was there for over 3 hours and know I could have been there much longer if I was to read all the rhetoric available. FYI: They close early in the summer. My guess, it is way too hot and they probably have too many people experiencing heat stroke. SUGGESTIONS: (1) Arrive early (2) purchase the tram if you can afford it (3) save the entrance Hanger 1 for last because it is the last to close (4) come hydrated (5) Skip your gym routine the day of (6) Wear comfortable shoes (7) wear layered clothing as you will be indoor and outdoor and find yourself getting hot and cold. *Check out the map in my images

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