Air and Space Museum

11 Aug

San Diego has a lot of great museums all located in one massive park, Balboa Park.  But when time is of the essence, you just can’t visit them all, so we picked one that was appealing to all and something quintessentially American – The Air and Space Museum.

(When we visited they had a special “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” temporary exhibition but we skipped it knowing we had plenty of crazy, odd things to marvel over back home.)

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The Air and Space Museum was exactly what we expected – lots of planes

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and lots of space memorabilia.

It was the space ‘junk’ that we were most interested in.  We don’t have this kind of stuff back home.  I mean, check out this lunar module.  It was real and the back side of it was all toasty to prove it.

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Well yes we have seen a piece of moon rock before (during our Canberra trip) but moon rock is still cool.

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And check this out, one of the capsules from the space monkey flights.  Now that was cool.  Well actually pretty tragic.  I don’t think any of those chimps made it back alive.

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We spent ages in the space section of the museum, reading everything we could find.  Okay, yes, we were more interested in the space exhibits than the dusty old planes.

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But hubby, who has a habit of reading every single plaque, still walked through the museum and read every single plaque.  I offered to photograph them for him to help hurry him through but he would not be hurried.  Hubbies!

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Ethan discovered the War memorabilia section and was quite interested in that.

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We took pictures of a few genuine World War 1 items to add to his report back home.  These are propaganda posters that he’s just finished writing about.

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Now these were really cool.  Genuine German World War 1 helmets.

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The boys enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits.  There were several planes that you could climb up to and view their cockpit, a plane instrument panel that you could get up close and personal with and a control tower room you could visit.

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We only spent about two hours at the museum but we were impressed.  With more time on our hands we could have easily visited all the other museums and been happy all day.

Australian Government – we want more and better museums.  Ours pale in comparison.



Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Family Events, Field Trips, Geography, US Holidays


3 responses to “Air and Space Museum

  1. Petra

    August 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Felt a bit sad about the space monkey capsule 😦 and I agree about our museums and how lacking they are. Pity you didn’t get to see the Auckland Museum – just beautiful!

    • Tracey

      August 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      All we saw of Auckland was the airport and they could do with a few more shops.

  2. Elsa

    August 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Oooo, we didn’t get here. We’ve just finished a Space Race study, so seeing those in person would have been amazing. Looks like a great museum.


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