Posted by: instanthausfrau | March 4, 2006

More culture for cheap.

And by “culture” I mean airplanes. 

Yesterday was the first Thursday of the month, which means that many Seattle area museums were free for the looking (the main SAM location is still closed for new construction).  Boeing’s Museum of Flight was open to free visitors from 5pm until 9pm, and since we hadn’t been before we decided there was no time like the present.

Wow.  It’s a really great museum, and we didn’t see half of what was there (and the concorde and airforce one are closed during the free first Thursday evenings).  Most of it was too old for Moon, but she loved exploring the new environment and seeing all the children there.  I was completely in love with the WWI and WWII exhibits, as I have a tremendous soft spot for old bi-planes.  The radio segments made available in the displays were a very nice touch. 

Also good to note that the cafe doesn’t gouge you — we had the pork chile verde, and prices are about what you would expect from any small cafe ($5.94/sandwich or so).  You get views over Boeing Field’s runway as you dine, and they even stock PB & J on whole wheat for the picky eaters. 

The coolest find was in the gift shop — The Battat Take-A-Part Airplane.  We’ve added it to the growing collection of toys Mom and Dad think are cool that we hope she’ll like someday “when she’s older”.  For now, we’ll keep it in the packaging to stop Mom and Dad from playing with it.

The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108-4097 

10am — 5pm, 7 days a week

Children 4 and under free
Youth (5-17) $7.50
Adults (18-64) $14.00
Seniors (65+) $13.00
Museum admission is free of charge on the first Thursday evening of every month from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.



  1. […] The Boeing Museum of Flight is a great place to visit with kids, especially after 5pm on the first Thursday of the month when there is no admission fee (I wrote up that experience here in March). But what I’m talking about is lunch at the Museum’s Wings Cafe, featuring a selection of kid-friendly foods at reasonable-for-museum-cafe prices. Parents of picky eaters rejoice! Your child will probably find something to eat here. But best of all, the Cafe places you right next to the runway of Boeing Field, making it a perfect spot for watching all those take-offs and landings with your aviation enthusist. […]

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