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Museum of Flight reopens its main galleries

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Museum of Flight reopens on Labor Day Weekend

Seattle Art Museum and National Nordic Museum wil also open in September

The Museum of Flight reopens for the general public on Labor Day Weekend, one of three local museums opening in September.

The National Nordic Museum plans to open on Friday, Sept. 4, and the Seattle Art Museum opens to the public on Sept. 11, after opening for members from Sept. 4 to 7.

Until recently, museums would not have been allowed in Phase 2, but the state department of health approved guidelines for them to reopen, with safety precautions. Museums will be limited to 25 per cent of their capacity.

Members will be able to have a look at the reopened Museum of Flight on Sept. 3 and 4, and then it will open to the public Sept. 5 to 7. It will be open Friday through Monday for the two weeks after that, and on Sept. 24, it will move to a Thursday through Monday schedule.


Closed exhibits

Some parts of the Museum of Flight will stay closed because of COVID-19.

These are:

  • Flight Zone
  • Great gallery cockpits
  • Quonset hut in the World War II gallery
  • French farmhouse in the World War I Gallery
  • Space Shuttle Trainer – Crew compartment & and rear theater
  • Aviation Pavilion Kidport
  • Pavilion Café
  • I360, 4DX and Spacequest VR simulators
  • Alaska Aerospace Education Center
  • Air Force One
  • Concorde
  • Boeing 727


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 747 will be open, though the 747 will close at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.


Watch for tape on the floor

When you go to the museum, you will have to buy a ticket online in advance, and you will need to follow a one-way-route through the museum, and watch for floor markings to direct you and help you with social distancing.

The Museum of Flight’s new exhibit, “Untold Stories: World War II at 75, opens on Sept. 19.

For some ideas on what to look at when the Museum of Flight reopens, take a look at the “Curator on the Loose” videos, by Matthew Burchette, senior curator of the museum. Cool things to do at home with the Museum of Flight.

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Fiona Cohen

Fiona Cohen lives in Ballard with her husband, two teenagers, a big vegetable garden and an absurd cat. She is the author of "Curious Kids Nature Guide," and is working on a new nature book for kids, to be published by Little Bigfoot in 2022.