Alaska Aviation Museum

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Alaska Aviation Museum
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4721 Aircraft Drive

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Aviation has played a major role in Alaska's development  before there was a significant network of paved roads or railways, there were landing strips  and at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum you can learn how airplanes helped the Last Frontier take flight. Exhibits focus on the careers of bush pilots, who mastered flying over the state's rough terrain, plus the history of Alaskan aviation. While touring, check out the historic aircraft housed in the storage hanger. Recent visitors recommend taking your time to explore and see all of the planes, and not to miss the last hanger, where you can watch volunteers rebuilding vintage bush planes.

Overlooking Lake Hood from the grounds of the Anchorage airport, the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum is a great place to either start or end your Anchorage trip. You can visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children (ages 5 to 12). For more information, check out the museum website.

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