August Events at The Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

Thursday, Aug. 1, 5 to 9 p.m.
Wells Fargo Free First Thursday
Once a month, the Museum stays open late – and admission is free! Enjoy the Museum’s Great Gallery, Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, Airpark, and more from 5 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Wells Fargo. Museum Store and Wings Café will also remain open for the extended hours on this night.

Saturday – Sunday, Aug. 3-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outdoor Family Event
Need For Speed Festival
The Museum of Flight offers a full-throttle celebration of acceleration with the Aug. 3-4 Need for Speed Festival. Located next to the launching pad for the Boeing Air Show at Seafair, the Museum’s East Parking Lot will become a village of family activities surrounded by speedy boats, cars and planes. Visitors can also meet and greet Air Show pilots, former Mach 3 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul and former Navy Top Gun instructor and author of “Topgun Days,” Dave “Bio” Baranek. Need For Speed offers a beer garden, a sandwich kiosk, souvenirs, kids’ activities and live music. The Festival is open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free with admission to the Museum.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Aug. 23-25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Event
2013 Space Elevator Conference
The 2013 Space Elevator Conference focuses on all aspects of Space Elevator development. The three days of workshops and technical sessions will engage an international audience of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts in discussions of the technology, business, outreach and legal implications of this revolutionary concept.

See for registration and program details.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Education Event
STEM Back-to-School Weekend Sponsored by Honeywell
The Museum offers a full weekend of programs, workshops, and presentations about science, technology, engineering and math education, just in time for back-to-school. Generously sponsored by Honeywell, the weekend will be dedicated to informing students and parents about new STEM opportunities in education and careers. Parents will learn more about how to help their children develop their interests in STEM topics and help them make better choices about future careers in STEM!

Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Event
Family Science Fest and Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition
This daylong event makes science fun and engaging for the entire family. Local clubs and organizations will offer hands-on activities, displays and demos with the focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Watch teams compete in a special robotics competition, visit STEM Central, drive a robot, check out engineering displays from the Pacific Science Center, build with LEGO, go on a STEM Scavenger Hunt and more. Learn about the Space Elevator and its importance to mankind at Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations.

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The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for active military, $10 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit