Douglas C-47 Skytrain military transport plane outside the Palm Springs Air Museum
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Palm Springs Air Museum

Updated by Pat Dorri on March 7 2024

Aviation History and Heroism in the Desert

Address: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

Retro airplane at Palm Springs Air Museum
There is a lot to explore for young and old at this interesting museum.
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💲 Adult entry from $23

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Dining options (open 11am-3pm daily)

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Palm Springs Air Museum?

You can find Palm Springs Air Museum just off N Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs, and just a short drive from downtown Palm Springs.

Why should I visit Palm Springs Air Museum?

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a treasure trove for aviation enthusiasts and history buffs, with one of the world's largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft, alongside exhibits from the Korea and Vietnam Wars.

Visitors can explore the hangars filled with beautifully restored aircraft, experience flight simulators, and even take a ride in a vintage plane

What are the opening hours at Palm Springs Air Museum?

General opening hours

Monday - 10am - 5pm

Tuesday - 10am - 5pm

Wednesday - 10am - 5pm

Thursday - 10am - 5pm

Friday - 10am - 5pm

Saturday - 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Closures and holidays

The Palm Springs Air Museum is typically closed on key holidays.

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Be sure to check for latest guidance on the official website for any other closures.

Joshua trees in the desert at dawn in Joshua Tree National Park
Nearby Joshua Tree National Park offers breath taking scenery. Another must-visit during your Palm Springs stay.
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Where should I park when visiting Palm Springs Air Museum?

Free parking is available on-site at Palm Springs Air Museum, with plenty of space for cars and buses.

The parking lot is conveniently found right in front of the museum entrance, making it easy for you to access the museum.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum accessible by public transportation?

Public transport options in Palm Springs are limited, but Palm Springs Air Museum can be reached by taxi or rideshare services from anywhere in the city. Some hotels also offer a shuttle service!

When is the best time to visit Palm Springs Air Museum?

The best time to visit Palm Springs Air Museum is during the cooler months from November to April, when Palm Springs isn't too hot for exploring.

Special events and air shows are held throughout the year, so make sure to check the museum's events calendar before your visit.

What are the best things to see near Palm Springs Air Museum?

There are plenty of great places close to Palm Springs Air Museum to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Joshua Tree National Park - A stunning desert landscape famous for its unique plants and rock formations.
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Offers breath taking views of the desert floor from the San Jacinto Mountains.
  • Downtown Palm Springs - Known for its buzzing nightlife, shopping, and dining experiences.
  • Indian Canyons - Offers beautiful hiking trails through ancient palm groves and desert landscapes.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway during sunset
Take in the views from above with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
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Common questions about Palm Springs Air Museum

Make a visit to Palm Springs Air Museum and you can expect to see an impressive collection of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam-era aircraft. Here is what else you can expect during your interesting visit.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Air Museum is fully accessible, offering ramps and wheelchair-friendly pathways throughout.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum free to enter?

❌ No, Palm Springs Air Museum is not free to enter. The fee contributes towards the museum's preservation efforts.

❗ If you purchase tickets online you must be able to show the receipt, either on your phone or printed out.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum pet-friendly?

❌ No, pets are not allowed in Palm Springs Air Museum to protect the exhibits and ensure a safe environment for all.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Air Museum offers a variety of educational and interactive exhibits that engage visitors of all ages.

Is Palm Springs Air Museum a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Air Museum is open year-round, and ideal to head to regardless of the season.

Are refreshments available at Palm Springs Air Museum?

✔️ Yes, Palm Springs Air Museum café serves a variety of snacks and beverages.

Are there restrooms at Palm Springs Air Museum?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms available for visitors at Palm Springs Air Museum

What else is useful to know before I visit Palm Springs Air Museum

Photography is allowed and encouraged, but the use of flash is prohibited inside the hangars to protect the exhibits.

Consider timing your visit around special tours and veteran-led presentations. Check the website for more info.

Front view of Palm Springs Air Museum, surrounded in pam trees, vintage cars and blue skies overhead
There is plenty to discover when you step inside a museum that holds the worlds largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft.
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Where to stay near Palm Springs Air Museum

There are plenty of great hotel options in the Palm Springs, for all budgets, to head back to after visiting Palm Springs Air Museum. Check out some of our favorites below.

  • Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, an IHG Hotel - Staying at The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel you can expect luxurious comfort, rooftop views, refined dining, all set in a prime downtown location.

  • Life House, Palm Springs - You can expect a tranquil setting, lush gardens and pool, and contemporary décor when you stay at Life House, Palm Springs.

  • The Paloma Resort - A visit to The Paloma Resort is anything but budget, with luxury surroundings, chic, retro design, and top-notch service.