Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum

Field review by the editors.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

There's more air than space in this museum, which unfortunately lost in its bid to acquire a retired Space Shuttle. But it does have a mini-shuttle recreated launch with glowing rocket engines, a Shuttle Robotic Arm that you can manipulate, and a Space Maneuvering Unit simulator that makes you feel as unstable as an air hockey puck.

On the air side, the museum exhibits around a dozen tightly-packed aircraft with some connection to Oklahoma. Look for the "Spartan," a no-frills airplane built in Tulsa and priced to appeal to frugal shoppers during the Great Depression.

In Jan. 2016 the museum unveiled "MD-80: Flight Theater," a kind of planetarium and motion-master ride inside a retired jetliner. You sit in First Class cabin seats, and then video projectors "peel the roof off" the plane as you go for a simulated ride over Oklahoma and through a Tulsa thunderstorm.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum

Address:
3624 N. 74th East Ave., Tulsa, OK
Directions:
In Tulsa, take I-44 to I-244, then take I-244 exits 12A or B onto Hwy 11 toward the airport. Drive north 2.5 miles. Take the Sheridan Rd exit. Drive north a little over a mile, following signs for the zoo. Turn right onto E. 191st St./N. Port Rd. Drive a half-mile, then turn right onto E. 182nd St./ N. 74th East Ave. The museum will be on the right.
Hours:
T-Sa 10 am - 5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
918-834-9900
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