The Museum of Flight begins a phased reopening to the general public on Sept. 5-7 Labor Day Weekend, following two days of Museum Member previews. The Museum will then be open Friday through Monday Sept. 11-14 and Sept. 18-21, and beginning Sept. 24 the days of operation will be five days a week—Thursday through Monday—until further notice. Daily attendance to the 23-acre campus will be held to 25% capacity in accordance with Washington state Phase II COVID-19 guidelines. Tickets must be purchased online, with timed admission entry. The Museum’s new exhibit, Untold Stories-World War II at 75, opens Sept 19 and is free with admission.
“We are very excited to be opening our doors to the public again. We’re cleared for takeoff, and glad to fly,” said President and CEO Matt Hayes. “The whole Museum team has worked tirelessly since March to create and implement new operational guidelines for the safety of visitors and staff, and it all adds up to continuing great experiences for our visitors. And with such large galleries it will seem positively luxurious during the Phase II and Phase III guidelines .”
All five buildings, including the open-air, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion and the 2-acre outdoor Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park will be available. The Museum has more square footage than any museum of its kind on the West Coast and one of the largest open-air aviation pavilions in the world. Smaller galleries, some airplane cabins and flight simulators will be closed for COVID-19 safety measures until further notice. The Boeing 747 and 787 Dreamliner will be open.
The Museum’s main, eastside entrance, will be the only point of entry. Face coverings will be required for all visitors (age 2 and up), and a brief, contactless health screening will be asked upon entry to the Museum. All purchases onsite will be cashless.