Palm Springs Air Museum

Awakening history through flight

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a fascinating hands-on experience for history buffs, veterans or anyone looking for a unique educational attraction. This museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of WWII aircraft.


The Palm Springs Air Museum gives an up close look at what all aspects of life in WWII were like, from the weapons and uniforms of various branches of the military to the typical food and types of entertainment sent from home. Floor-to-ceiling maps cover walls in the two spacious hangars showing locations of significant events, and multimedia displays use photographs, video and audio to give visitors even more details of the servicemen’s lives.

Of course, the central focus in each hangar is the collection of planes. The majority of the aircraft are Navy fighters, but there are also bombers, cargo planes, transporters and more. One of the unique aspects of this aircraft museum is that the planes are not roped off; visitors can get up close and personal, touching the planes, walking under the nose or wing and even climbing into some of them.

The Boeing Flying Fortress B-17 Bomber has its own hangar, and it’s one of the highlights of the museum. Visitors can climb into the plane just behind the cockpit and walk across the narrow catwalk in the bomb bay and past the radio room and machine guns. Take note of the lower ball turret where only those with small statures could fit.

Throughout the museum, friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guides are on hand to provide information about the aircraft and other displays. Many of the volunteers can also give firsthand accounts of WWII as the majority of them served in some way, as pilots, on ships or at home. These guides are an extremely valuable resource and are more than happy to spend time with visitors answering questions about the aircraft, the war or Palm Springs in general.

Flight demonstrations, special programs and children’s events occur regularly at the museum, so check the website in advance to see what’s happening when you’re in the area, and be sure to make the Palm Springs Air Museum a part of your desert vacation itinerary.

745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 778-6262
Open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Allow at least 1.5 hours to enjoy the museum.
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.





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