SFO Aviation Museum

Welcome back SFO Aviation Museum & Library


As lovers of airports, libraries, aviation history, and museums, we’re overjoyed that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has reopened the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum & Library after a two-year closure.

The facility is called after a former airport director and sits pre-security inside the Main Hall of SFO’s International Terminal.

The retro appearance intentionally evokes the airport’s passenger lobby from the 1930s.


The museum is domestic to greater than one hundred fifty,000 objects related to the histories of commercial aviation and San Francisco International Airport. And all through the power shutdown, SFO Museum personnel spent time doing an intensive virtual construction of the museum’s Aviation Collection.

Aerial view of SFO – 1966

Now there are greater than forty,000 items on hand on-line. And greater material is being introduced each week. Online highlights consist of the history of SFO airport; cloth relating to main airways such as Pan Am and United Airlines; and photos, uniform portions, and other aviation memorabilia, together with Junior Pilots Pins and airsickness luggage.

If you realize exactly what you’re searching out, the gathering is without problems searchable.

But in case you’re just inquisitive about poking round, watch out.

We started this submit three hours in the past and went down a extreme rabbit hole as soon as we commenced clicking on the “random item” button.

Visit the Aviation Museum & Library in individual

With its reopening, the Aviation Museum & Library is also launching a series of latest exhibitions that passengers may additionally visit in character. Exhibits encompass:

Going the Distance: Endurance Aircraft Engines & Propellers of the 1910s & 20s.

This show off includes groundbreaking engines, the V-eight Curtiss OXX-6 and the Wright J-5 Whirlwind radial engine, related propellers, pictures, and greater.

Jet Mainliner in Miniature: the United Air Lines Douglas DC-eight Cutaway Model

This showcase indicates off a overdue-1950s United Airlines cutaway version of a DC-eight. Historical pix, promotional substances, and videos from United’s promotional movie ‘Jet Mainliner Flight 803’ are also on display.

There are also numerous other new well-knownshows in the reopened aviation museum at SFO, making this a fantastic time to schedule a long layover to soak up those and some of the 20 well-knownshows the SFO Museum presents for the duration of the terminal buildings.

All pix and snap shots are courtesy of the SFO Museum.