When it comes to free activities to do with your children in Los Angeles that are not only educational but also entertaining, it really doesn't get much better than the Flight Path Learning Center-Museum.
It’s likely adults will learn quite a bit at Flight Path too.
This hidden gem is located in the LAX Imperial Terminal holds treasures detailing more than 100 years of aviation history in Southern California with an impressive collection of aircraft models, historic photos, airline uniforms, mural timelines and other aviation artifacts. The wide range of collections and exhibits cover the history and development of LAX, from 1960's-era stewardess uniforms to large-scale models of biplanes and vintage aircraft instruments, painting a colorful picture of what flying used to be like.
“This museum has to be one of LA's best-kept secrets,” said one Yelp reviewer. “Wandering around this old flight terminal and exploring all of the treasures this museum holds … is an intriguing way to spend an afternoon.”
Of all the historical artifacts, models and collections at the museum, a must-see for all is the original DC-3 aircraft parked on the tarmac. Tours are available, where a volunteer will give you an up-close look and a chance to sit in the cockpit.
Along with its artifacts and collections, the Learning Center and museum offer tours for students of all ages, flight simulation courses and an annual speaker series for students to learn more about aviation. Flight Path places an emphasis on encouraging the pursuit of aviation-related education and careers, and even offers scholarship opportunities for aspiring students.
Flight Path is a non-profit, community-based organization, and runs the museum in conjunction with Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX. The museum is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and donations are accepted.
Flight Path Learning Center – Museum
6661 W Imperial Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90009