Oakland Aviation Museum
Educate about the role of historic North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the Bay Area in the development of aviation on the West Coast and in the US by collecting, preserving and interpreting aircraft and aviation artifacts that reflect this proud heritage.
Celebrate the history and technological achievements of aviation.
Inspire individuals by linking aviation’s past to the future.
About the Museum:
Founded in 1980, the Oakland Aviation Museum is a nonprofit organization on Oakland International Airport’s historic North Field, just 10 minutes south of downtown Oakland, California. Today, the museum is set among majestic Art Deco buildings heralding the days of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in the authenticly preserved in the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar built in 1940.
In the early days, there was no home for the museum except in the minds of the aviation enthusiasts and visionaries who created it. Ron Reuther, president emeritus and one of WAM’s founders, said "The original board of trustees usually met monthly at the Treasure Island Officers Club and other locations such as Hamilton Air Force Base and the Presidio of San Francisco for lunch business meetings to discuss and advance the goal of establishing a museum at historic Oakland Airport."
Over the years the Port of Oakland has allocated additional space to the museum, most recently, in 2003, a strip of land to the eastern edge of the ramp and the rear section of the hangar. In addition to the 100,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, today's facilities include an auditorium, restoration shop, gift shop, and a 5000+ book library.
The museum’s restored-hangar home, and surrounding ramp area, now house more than 30 vintage and modern airplanes -- both civilian and military -- and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators. Display areas include exhibits honoring Pioneers in Aviation here at the Oakland Airport, Women in Aviation, Naval Aviation in the 20th Century, the commercial airlines that were headquartered at the Oakland Airport, The Tuskegee Airmen, and the 8th Air Force. All displays have been gifted or are on loan by individuals interested in preserving aviation history for the education of future generations. Members and volunteers who share a common interest in aviation history maintain the exhibits.
Looking to the future, the museum's vision includes a partnership with the College of Alameda, the Oakland School District, and local aviation corporations to develop an aviation high school where future aviation mechanics and pilots will be trained.
This is a great air museum with lots of actual civilian & military planes and exhibits about early flight pioneers and other contributors to the history of flight. Some really nice exhibits about African-American pilots (first black female pilot, Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, & more) and female pilots of air and space. This is a very family-friendly museum with several planes for kids to sit in. Lots of things that kids can see and touch up close. At certain times, you can enter the cockpits, although when we went, there were no cockpit times. You can even book the museum for weddings and other events. It's great to see the different larger planes outside to get a perspective of the size and scale as they are sitting near each other. Even the staff and tour guides have a great passion for planes. If you love planes, you'll like this museum.
Amazing place! I only had less than an hour to explore, but the displays are breath taking. Especially the outdoor portion of the museum. I'm definitely coming back when I have more time to properly enjoy.
Very family friendly, informative, conveniently located , easily navigated aviation museum, with co-located free parking. Close to Oakland airport, its outdoor spaces, with benches and a picnic table, allow for watching OAK airport departures. Includes children's play area with mock air traffic control tower at entrance. Aircraft on display include civilian and military planes, with Top Gun fans favorite fighter jet, an F-14 'Tomcat.' Among the various indoor educational experiences are exhibits on African Americans in Aviation, with dedications to the Tuskegee Airmen; Women in Aviation, emphasizing the 99ers, and aviatrix pioneers Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman; and Doolittle's Raiders/WWII. There is an entrance fee, and a small gift shop, with fun and interesting aviation related items for purchase. We visited on a Sunday morning, and a group of local model railroad enthusiasts were setting up a model train display in the theatre area. Venue is available for event rentals. We brought a family membership after seeing it on Groupon; very affordable.
Wanted to go to a museum and after a quick search stumbled upon the Oakland Aviation Museum. Upon entering we were greeted immediately by a friendly face and was given a quick overview of what we were going to find. After walking in and getting the rules we found many old planes with information in front of them. There are also old engines, helicopters, and military planes. If you don't read the plaques and information you'll get through this one pretty quickly. Personally, I like to read everything so it took me a bit longer. Sure the planes, parts, models, and other things are really cool but let me tell you about the gem in this place. His name is Dale. I don't want to give it all away, but Dale knows his stuff. I had a question about the Skywarrior and not only did he answer it for me, he started to tell me more stories and just showed me things and pointed out other things that I merely glanced over. The man is full of knowledge and I really enjoyed talking with him and listening to what he had to say. For those who want to get into the planes they do have a open cockpit days which are listed on their website. You can bet I'll be back for that! I went for the planes and left with so much more.
Fair price, cool stuff in there. If you live near here, it is worth to visit.