I use persuasive coercion on my son, He's 16.
We had to travel from Olympia, WA to Seattle on many occasions so that my son could see specialist doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital. When we would go to the city, my 16 year old boy would complain about being in the city, he would say he wants to go to the hospital and then go straight back home. Now I don't know if you have ever been to Seattle, but we aren't talking about some huge metropolis with endless cars and streets, we aren't talking Manhattan here. Seattle is a small city, with the feel of being quaint, and with around 700,000 people, it's not too big. But the way my son see's things, I am torturing him with city life. He's a cowboy boot wearing country boy, but that didn't stop me from telling him we were going to do something, and that he needed to pick a Museum or tell me anywhere he wanted to go. Lucky for him, his 13 year old sister, who is obsessed with airplanes, said she wanted to go to the Flight Museum.
16 year old continues to complain.
16 year old insists he will wait in the car.
When we arrived and my son started to see that this place wasn't just about airplanes, when he saw NASA and a 3D space movie offered. He was elated. Isn't it just funny, mom knows best. I knew that if I physically GOT him to the museum, he would go in, there was no way that kid was going to sit in the car for hours while we look around a museum.
I can only think of one word to describe this place... "Cool", I mean really really cool! The flight museum covers all aspect of flying, from Space Ships to Airplanes to Droids.
(I'm so glad that flight has improved from this one man flying apparatus!)
A representation of Valentina Tereshcova and the seat she would have sat in. Valentina was the first woman in space.
The simulator cost $9 a person, and $7 for a 2nd ride.
Above Photo borrowed from the Seattle Flight Museum Website
We sat through a movie about the nearly forgotten Cassini-Huygens -- Mostly referred to as "Cassini", Cassini was a collaboration between NASA, The Italian Space Agency & The European Space Agency. Cassini was a space probe that launched from Earth in 1997 and crashed in 2017 on one of Saturn's Moons. It took several photos, and it's actually quite moving and sad when Cassini ended it's journey. The photos the probe took during it's shoot around the sun and through our galaxy are breathtaking. Oh... And Earth is round y'all! 🌍🌍🌍🌍 Cassini got a lot of great shots. Not that I doubted the Earth was round, but you know, in case any Flat-Earthers read. 😁 The movie was only an additional $3 per person, and worth the 40 minutes.
There is a replica of the Space Shuttle, as well as a lot of the equipment that NASA uses.
I feel claustrophobic when I see what the Astronauts actually wear, fly in and work in.
For instance, coming back to Earth in THIS...
I have so much admiration and respect for Astronauts, but I could NOT get in this thing and shut the door!
Space Toilet... Use your imagination.
It was also neat to see The original Air Force One. President's Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all flew aboard this flying oval office. Did you know that it's only called "Air Force One" if the President is on board? Other wise, it's "SAM", Special Air Missons. It's currently on loan to the flight museum and you can read more about it on the Museums Website.
You are able to walk around inside all of the airplanes that are in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.
I'm pretty sure this was the best of the best back in the 60's, but I'm also pretty sure our recent Presidents don't sleep on a bunk.
And... THE CONCORDE! What a cool trip that would be, flying to London from New York in like, what? 2 hours? Of course, as long as it doesn't, you know, crash. Most likely why it's sitting here in Seattle, and not on the runway. Still very cool.
There are so many different planes to enjoy and walk in.
The Dreamliner is one of my favorite planes to fly on, It's easy to forget how enormous some planes are when comfortably sat inside of it. It still makes my brain mesmerized that they are even able to get off of the ground! The engines are huge!
The gift shop. So much Coolness! (Cool-- It's just the word you will be saying throughout this Museum). When doing a bit of research for this post, I just realized they have an online store, I don't know how it compares to the store in the Museum, but the kids got some great souvenirs like Astronaut food and Airplane Replicas.
Dried strawberry anyone?
I couldn't pass up one of the Coffee (Tea in my case) cups.
There was only one negative thing in this whole place. The Cafe. The food was disgusting. It was expensive and gross. The chicken wings were barely cooked, the baked potato raw and the fresh celery and carrots smelled of mold. I'm not even kidding-- Bring a lunch or eat before you go. $45 for food we didn't eat.
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Expect to spend 4-5 hours at the Museum to see everything, more if you see a movie. There is free parking and the Museum is opened 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. There is free admission in the evening of the first Thursday of every month from 5pm-9pm
Needless to say, my 16 year old son that refused to go to a Museum, had the best time and asked to go back! My 13 year old daughter also wanted a 2nd trip. We have since moved to Texas, but we still have family in Washington, so I see another visit in our future. It was THAT much fun, not a museum that kids only want to visit once.
Aren't Museums one of the best things about travel?