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Frequently Asked Questions

The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn®—the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is one of only 750 museums in the nation and nine in Washington state that are fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.

General Information

Can I hold a private event for myself or for my company at the Museum?

Yes. The Museum of Flight hosts several hundred private functions yearly.

Do veterans get in free?

Veterans and members of the Armed Forces (in uniform) are guests of the museum on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

Can I fly in and park my aircraft at the Museum while I visit?

Yes. We can accommodate several visiting aircraft. You must contact our security department in advance to make arrangements.

How do you get your airplanes into that huge glass building?

There is a giant (but concealed) hangar door built into the south end of the building.

Is the Museum of Flight part of The Boeing Company?

No, the Museum of Flight is an independent non-profit foundation, but our ties with The Boeing Company are many. Most notably, the Museum is located on Boeing Field, our largest artifact is the Red Barn®, Boeing's first manufacturing facility, and The Boeing Company has been a major supporter of the Museum since our inception.

Membership Information

Do children of members receive youth membership cards?

Youth cards may be obtained at the admissions counter by showing your adult membership card.

I am a Boeing employee (or Boeing retiree). Do I receive a special discount on my membership?

Yes. Due to the strong support of The Boeing Company, the Museum offers discounted memberships to those who have retired or are currently employed with Boeing. Please contact the Membership Department at 206-764-5711 for more information.

Does my company match my donations to the Museum of Flight?

Many companies will match the tax-deductible portion of your membership and other donations made to the Museum of Flight. Please call the Membership Department at 206-764-5711 or your Human Resource department to see if your company participates in this program.

I've lost my membership card. What do I do?

If you have a current membership and have lost your card, contact the Membership Department or call at 206-764-5711, give your name and address, and a replacement card will be mailed to you.

What are the differences in membership levels and corresponding benefits?

There are six memberships levels offered at the Museum of Flight. Please visit our Membership Department for more information.

Giving Information

How can I make a gift to The Museum of Flight?

You can contribute cash, marketable securities, or real property. You can also give via a credit card.

Is my gift deductible on my taxes?

Yes. The Museum of Flight is a fully accredited tax exempt organization.

Are there naming and commemorative opportunities at the Museum?

Yes. Gifts of $1000 or more are listed in a public database and on appropriate donor honor walls. Gifts of $50,000 are eligible for space or area naming. Air and spacecraft are eligible to be sponsored which includes naming at the exhibit.

Can I support a particular program, exhibit, or aircraft?

Yes. Donor designated gifts are honored fully.

Is The Museum of Flight eligible for corporate matching gifts?

Yes, in most cases, the Museum is eligible. Check with your employer.

Can I give to the Museum through my company’s United Way drive?

Yes. You must write in The Museum of Flight on your gift designation form. United Way forwards your gift minus an administrative fee to the Museum.

Whom should I contact with questions on making a gift to the Museum?

Contact Trip Switzer, VP of Development at tswitzer@museumofflight.org.