Pima Air and Space Museum

pima air space museum

Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona

Last year we were over the moon when we visited Tucson. It’s a short distance from where we live so we figured, why not? Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona, where Steph’s dad attended school back in the day. It is also where the Pima Air and Space Museum is located. We almost left town without visiting it, but luckily we took a chance on this museum (thanks to its great online reviews). We spent a few hours there and loved every minute!

Fly high with us as we introduce you to the Pima Air and Space Museum

We enjoyed taking a flight back into history while visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and we hope you get to enjoy it as well!
pima air space museum
pima air space museum Tucson

The Pima Air and Space Museum was founded around 1966 by Colonel I.R. Perkin and the Air Force Association. They came together to form the Tucson Air Museum Foundation which raised money for the museum site. Over the next decade they built their collection of aircrafts, helicopters, and missiles. It was finally opened to the public in 1976 and has grown tremendously ever since.

There are now four hangars filled with amazing aircrafts to see: plus an aircraft cemetery aka the boneyards. This museum is now one of the largest aviation museums in the country with over 100,000 square feet of displays and over 350 aircraft. Don’t miss out!

Zach was obviously in awe the entire visit because he loves anything with an engine. I (Steph) was a little skeptical of going to look at planes all freaking day...but surprisingly I loved it! I enjoyed seeing the large planes up close and reading about the history of each one.

pima air space museum
pima air space museum

Some of the highlights were seeing a SR-71 Blackbird, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom, Blue Angels F-11A Tiger, and a few Air Force One aircraft, including the one used by JFK. Be sure to look at the F-14 Tomcat, aka Top Gun plane that Tom Cruise flew! Plus, checkout some of the fun names of the aircrafts like the “Bungay Buckaroo”, “Dirty Dawg”, and the “Bumble Bee” which is the smallest aircraft in the world. 

It’s truly like walking through time. If you’re not fond of walking, you can catch one of the tram tours for $6. We didn’t have a hard time walking everything but if it’s a hot summer day, you may want to tram it or bring extra water.

pima air space museum
pima air space museum Tucson
pima air space museum Tucson

How to Visit

Hours: 9am-5pm (last admission is 3pm)

Cost: $16.50

Address: 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ

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We enjoyed taking a flight back into history while visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and we hope you get to enjoy it as well!

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About the Author

Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

  • Chris says:

    Steph
    Your grandfather batz was a pilot ????‍✈️. WWII
    Army aircorp. I think it may have been a C?
    Wish I remembered

  • Oh my gosh, the two men in my life will love the Pima Air and Space Museum. I guess I’ll be like you and also love it in the end. Would love to see the F-14 Tomcat but only after watching Top Gun again!

  • carrie says:

    Pretty cool to see some of the old Air Force One’s. I don’t know much about aviation, so it’s nice that they have materials so you can read and learn about the planes. My local air and space museum is pretty bad about that (in DC) and it’s hard to care when you don’t really even know what you’re looking at.

  • Indrani says:

    I love visiting museums and the theme here is so unique. The displays are mind blowing.
    Having served the Indian Air Force these air machines fascinate me a lot.

  • Kirstie says:

    Wow! That airplane is an art! It’s so beautiful. I’ve always been interested in museums and airplanes. Great photos and you were even inside a cockpit!

  • WOw! Cool experience seeing these planes. I would really love to visit a museum like this. Thanks for this informative post, I really love all of the photos.

  • nicki says:

    This air and space museum looks so fun! I live by 2 in DC – but I like the outdoor space this one in Arizona has! I visit a lot so Ill check it out on my next trip

  • Ash says:

    Air and space museums are always great places to visit and Pima is no exception. Might worth checking out when I got the chance to travel to Tucson. I had visited the ones in DC and Seattle and absolutely loved them.

  • My nephew is going to love it there! I think Im also going to love riding the planes myself! This museum is a brilliant idea!

  • Lauren says:

    It’s amazing to see how far we have come with the technology of flight! What an interesting museum to visit. I’ve been to a few Air and Space museums (but not this one) and you always learn something really intriguing!

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