Restoration Center & Reserve Collection

Restoration Center Hours:

9am - 4pm

Memorial Day - Labor Day (Summer):
Open Wednesday - Sunday
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Labor Day - Memorial Day (Winter): 
Open Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday
Closed Sunday, Monday & Friday

Aircraft Restoration

In addition to the Seattle campus, the Museum operates a Restoration Center at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. The center is home to approximately three dozen aircraft in varying states of restoration by the Museum's restorers. The public is welcome to visit the Restoration Center.

Every aircraft that is brought to the 23,000-square-foot facility undergoes a thorough evaluation in order to determine the nature of the work needed. A restoration team is then assembled and work begins. About fifty volunteers are working on between three and five projects at any given time.

Imagine a big garage packed full of airplanes in all states of restoration and looming over it all is the nose of a de Havilland DH.106 4C Comet poking through the specially modified hanger doors. Hammers are banging and power tools are going as the volunteer crew works hard to refurbish aircraft to original standards.

Visitors are welcome to the Restoration Center but should keep in mind that it is a working hanger. Guests can walk around the aircraft and talk to the volunteers but should take care to keep safety in mind and children should be closely monitored.


Volunteers make the restoration of these beautiful aircraft happen. If you'd like to become the member of a restoration team helping to restore one of the Museum's amazing aircraft contact the Volunteer Department.

Current volunteer opportunites


Annually, the Museum acquires 2-4 new air or space craft and has ongoing restorations of an additional 12 major historical artifacts. Contributions underwrite acquisitions and support restorations.

Donate to support aircraft restoration


Visiting the Restoration Center

Adults (18 and up): $5
Youths (5-17): $3
Children (4 and under): Free

1. From I-5 take exit 186 and go west on 128th.
2. 128th becomes Airport Road.
3. Continue to 100th Street SW and turn left onto 100th.
4. Building is immediately on the right.
Look for the white Learjet 23 on the lawn with the Museum logo on its tail.

Restoration Center, Everett