Museum of Air and Space
(Musée de l\'Air et de l\'Espace)

The Paris Museum of Air and Space captivates visitors with its vast range of exhibits relating to air and space travel

Airbus cockpit simulation at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Airbus cockpit simulation at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace cc licensed photo by Valdo Raps

More than 150,000 square metres of land and hangar space are devoted to housing the fascinating Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace or the Museum of Air and Space. This museum has been open to the public since 1919 and is located at the end of the Le Bourget airport. The Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace presents the perfect option for enjoying a day out in France irrespective of your age. This is an educational excursion that will be thoroughly enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The Museum of Air and Space contains a huge number of items and documents relating to air and space travel. Some of the items on display date back as early as the 16th century. This museum is one of the oldest in the world and has one of the most extensive and comprehensive collections. Learning about air and space travel and their respective histories cannot be any more fun than this.

Some of the major attractions include the planetarium, the flight simulator, the exhibition tours and documentation centre. Visitors can pay a visit to the Grand Gallery, The Wars and Light Aviation Hall, the Rosette Hall, the Prototype Hall and the Concorde Hall at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace. You can see massive and impressive aircraft up close and there are many pieces of historical aircraft on show as well. These include the only remaining part of the legendary L'Oiseau Blanc which attempted to fly from Le Bourget to New York. This would have been the first transatlantic flight if they had been successful. Unfortunately, the aircraft went missing during the flight over the Atlantic Ocean. The Museum of Air and Space is now home to the L'Oiseau Blanc's landing gear.

It might be important to note that only guide dogs will be allowed in the museum. All other pets are forbidden. Access for the disabled is available.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No admission fee is required to view the permanent collection. Fees do apply if you want to participate in films, simulations and other special exhibits. See the official site for details.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget, France

Phone: 01 49 92 70 00

Official Website: Museum of Air and Space (Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M7La Courneuve1 minute + Bus
RER BLe Bourget5 minutes + Bus

How to get to Museum of Air and Space (Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace) by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro Line 7 at La Courneuve Station and Walk south on Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier to the stop for Bus #152. Catch the bus going Northbound and get off at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace stop. (1 minute + bus).

By RER: Make your way to Le Bourget Station on RER Line B. Exit the RER station walk North on Avenue Francis de Pressensé (directly North of the bus loop in front of the station) then go left on Avenue Jean Jaures and then left again at the next corner (Avenue de la Division Leclerc). Catch bus # 152 going Northbound at the stop just south of the corner and get off at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace stop. (5 minutes + bus).

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating A bit hard to get to - one must leave the touristy part of the city, and go out into a grittier environment. We rode the metro out to the bus stop, and a helpful old French lady finally broke through the language barrier and told us the bus didn't stop there anymore. After consulting the internet, other plans were made, another bus located, and we arrived at Le Bourget, fabled airport of Lindbergh's arrival. Don't expect the Smithsonian air and space museum. There are wonders of aviation here, but they aren't presented like in the U.S. It is decidedly more French. You won't see a lot about Lindbergh but you will see the discarded undercarriage of the Oiseau Blanc, the plane that was lost in an attempt to fly from Paris to New York a week before Lindbergh's flight. I thought I knew a bit about aviation history, but I'd never heard of the French experiments with high speed flight in the 1950s that reminded me of the U.S. "X-plane" flights - these are all lovingly and thoroughly presented. The highlight was the Concorde, or to be precise, Concordes. Two of them, one in Air France and one in British Airways livery. You can walk right into both of them, although areas like the cockpit are restricted. Also there is an Air France Boeing 747 that you can explore. A few things were in disrepair - I got the impression that maybe there isn't a lot of funding to keep the place up, although it was still a fascinating place. It has a nicely stocked gift shop and a friendly staff running the cafeteria (when I asked if anyone parlezed anglais, they helpfully ran to the back and produced a young lady with a wonderful command of the language). If you are an aviation enthusiast with a few hours to kill in Paris, take the metro and the bus out there (or, maybe just grab an Uber and save yourself some trouble). There are interesting things to be seen here.

Kevin Mitchell - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The kids loved it. We only bought the plane pack. It was great

Stéphane MAURIN - 2 months ago

3 Star Rating Nice space museum. Would to be renovated since activities and videos are getting old

Octave Brouard - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating It huge and awesome, you get to enter the concorde the airbus the dakota, they are all real and not fake airplanes. Recommended

Elia Kallas - 3 months ago

2 Star Rating Museum is very nice and most the exhibits, no complaints there. Staff was extremely rude and they don't speak English very well, some at all. There are no signs at the entrance in English.

Žarko Aleksić - 5 months ago

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Well done video showcasing many of the aircraft and exhibits at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace

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