With one of the largest collections of working antique planes and automobiles in the country, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) is a must-visit for plane and automobile enthusiasts. Located adjacent to the Ken Jernstedt Memorial Airport in Hood River, Oregon, WAAAM is also a great place to visit on your way in or out of town.
About the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum
Dedicated to the preservation, operation, and education about planes and automobiles, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum prides itself on being a “living museum.” With one of the largest collections of working antique planes and automobiles, WAAAM not only restores the exterior of the planes and vehicles they acquire, they also restore the engines inside and out.
WAAAM opened after its founder Terry Brandt donated his huge collection of planes and aircraft memorabilia. Over the past 15 or so years, WAAAM has acquired more planes and many cars through auctions, donations, and other avenues. Today, the antique car collection at WAAAM is equally as impressive as their aircraft collection!
To visit the 2.5-acre indoor Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum hangar-turned-museum, visitors can acquire tickets daily at the museum’s ticketing office. Kids under four can enter for free and WAAAM offers discounts to active military, veterans, seniors, and youth under 18. We recommend planning to spend at least an hour in the museum, especially if your kids are interested in checking out the hands-on children’s area in the museum.
Classes and Events at WAAAM
To showcase their hard work, WAAAM hosts community events several times a year where they drive and fly the antiques they’ve restored. Every second Saturday from 10AM until 2PM, for example, WAAAM brings out select antiques to drive and fly for visitors. Visiting WAAAM during Second Saturdays is fun, educational, and will surely help you appreciate how luxurious modern planes and vehicles are, in comparison.
Each summer, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum also hosts several other workshops and events including a car show, a swap meet, antique driving school, and more. To get the full list of events and classes, look at the calendar on WAAAM’s website.
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