SFO Museum

Airline aprons. The kind you wear.

We’re large lovers of the treasures in the collection of the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

And of the museum’s searchable on-line database.

This tweet, about the museum’s series of greater than one hundred flight attendant smocks and aprons sent the Airport Search style reporter down a completely deep rabbit hollow checking out the fashions.

We love this 1980s-technology apron from Japan Airlines

And this one from Western Airlines. Also from the Eighties.

And test out this Delta Air Lines apron from 1973.

Welcome back SFO Aviation Museum & Library


As fans of airports, libraries, aviation history, and museums, we’re delighted that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has reopened the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum & Library after a two-12 months closure.

The facility is known as after a former airport director and sits pre-protection within the Main Hall of SFO’s International Terminal.

The unfashionable appearance deliberately inspires the airport’s passenger foyer from the Thirties.


The museum is domestic to extra than a hundred and fifty,000 gadgets associated with the histories of industrial aviation and San Francisco International Airport. And for the duration of the ability shutdown, SFO Museum group of workers frolicked doing an extensive virtual construction of the museum’s Aviation Collection.

Aerial view of SFO – 1966

Now there are extra than forty,000 gadgets available on-line. And extra fabric is being introduced each week. Online highlights encompass the history of SFO airport; cloth relating to principal airways including Pan Am and United Airlines; and photographs, uniform pieces, and different aviation memorabilia, which includes Junior Pilots Pins and airsickness luggage.

If you understand exactly what you’re searching out, the collection is easily searchable.

But if you’re simply interested in poking round, pay attention.

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

Visit the Aviation Museum & Library in person

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

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

This showcase includes two groundbreaking engines, the V-8 Curtiss OXX-6 and the Wright J-five Whirlwind radial engine, two related propellers, photographs, and more.

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

This show off suggests off a past due-Fifties United Airlines cutaway model of a DC-8. Historical snap shots, promotional materials, and video clips from United’s promotional film ‘Jet Mainliner Flight 803’ also are on show.

There also are numerous other new reveals within the reopened aviation museum at SFO, making this a exceptional time to schedule an extended layover to take in these and a number of the 20 well-knownshows the SFO Museum affords all through the terminal homes.

All photographs and photographs are courtesy of the SFO Museum.

Visit an Airport Museum on Int’l Museum Day

New England Air Museum adjoining to Bradley International Airport (BDL)

May 18 is International Museum Day, which gives us an excuse to speak approximately a number of the excellent museums in and adjacent to airports across the united states.

Having a museum or museum application in an airport simply makes so much feel. Millions of human beings bypass thru airports every 12 months. Many passengers have plenty of downtime earlier than their flights. And art or records famous in airports can join passengers with a place, encourage them, teach them, or create those famous moments of suprise and pleasure.

Here are a handful of airport museums and museum packages to look for to your subsequent ride. Let us understand if we ignored your favorite.

Phoenix Airport Museum

The Phoenix Airport Museum at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is one of the oldest and biggest airport artwork software inside the united states. You’ll locate everlasting art work and brief exhibitions at some point of the sprawling airport facilities, which include within the rental vehicle middle and on the Sky Train stations.

SFO Museum

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is permitted by way of the American Alliance of Museum (AAM). In addition to everlasting public artwork and greater than a dozen brief exhibitions at a time, the museum continues a video arts software , student artwork programs, and images galleries.

While the airport’s tremendous Aviation Museum & Library is currently closed for renovations, temporary exhibitions in the course of the terminals presently celebrate the entirety from Early Women Aviators and their Aircraft to Victorian Wallpaper.

Julia Clark (1880–1912) at the controls of a Curtiss biplane  c. 1912. Courtesy SFO Museum

Mitchell Gallery of Flight at MKE

The free Mitchell Gallery of Flight at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is positioned pre-protection and open 24 hours an afternoon. Exhibits encompass airplane models, aviation art work, propellers, a scale model of the Milwaukee airport terminal as it regarded in 1941, and sections committed to well-known Wisconsinites in aviation history which include astronaut James Lovell and General Billy Mitchell, referred to as ‘the daddy of the U.S. Air Force.

You’ll find aviation-themed records exhibits and full-fledged aviation museums in and adjacent to many other airports too.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in South Carolina has a 350-square-foot museum in its Grand Hall. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is at the southeast corner of Dallas Love Field Airport. And the New England Air Museum is adjoining to Bradley International Airport (BDL), in Connecticut.

And there are masses greater.

Courtesy New England Air Museum

More airport museums and museum applications no longer to overlook

Take a few moments to look around next time you’re at an airport and it’s a excellent threat you’ll spot art and history exhibits you may have rushed by inside the beyond. Curators at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), New York’s Albany International Airport (ALB), Denver International Airport (DEN), Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Miami International Airport (MIA), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and lots of others do a outstanding activity filling the terminals and concourses with art and famous you’ll enjoy.

Quest by way of Bert L. Long, Jr

Fresh airport artwork from SFO, PHL, & Albany Int’l Airports

SFO Museum offers an showcase approximately artwork from pineapple leaves

At SFO: From Pineapple to Piña: A Philippine Textile Treasure 

The latest show off from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is about textiles made from pineapple leaves.

Unique to the Philippines, piña is an remarkable fabric made by way of weaving the fibers of the leaves of the pineapple plant. This mild, airy fabric was flawlessly suitable to the tropical weather. The fabric enjoyed a golden age in the course of the overdue eighteenth and 19th centuries, specially on the island of Panay, wherein it turned into made into shirts, girls’s blouses, shoulder scarfs, handkerchiefs, and desk linens.

A new exhibition at Albany International Airport (ALB)

Albany International Airport (ALB) will open a new Gallery exhibition on May 7. The Life Around Us, capabilities recent art work via Ashley Norwood Cooper and Heidi Johnson, in addition to a brand new web page-precise installation, Stream through Laura Moriarty.

Iced Coffee With Friends – by way of Heidi Johnson

Route pins from PHL Airport

And Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) these days passed out pins created through nearby artists to rejoice the go back of several transatlantic flights. Great idea!

Video Arts Screening Gallery Open at SFO

After a 20-month hiatus, the video arts screening room at SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is open.

The gallery displays quick-form documentaries, experimental films, and all varieties of animation. It is located pre-safety at the departures level of the International Terminal. Hours: every day, 5:00am to 10:00pm.

With a nod to COVID-19, this month, the gallery is showing the paintings of 4 filmmakers from around the world whose paintings displays how the pandemic influences our lives and our interactions.

You can see the movies subsequent time you visit SFO. Or you could see them here.

In Sorry for the Inconvenience, through Jane Chow, a Los Angeles-primarily based filmmaker from Hong Kong, a lonely teen attempts to help her mother and father keep their restaurant afloat in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles Chinatown.

In Air, Canadian filmmaker David Findlay offers an exploration of the crucial significance of bodily touch in our interpersonal conversation.

Turkish illustrator and animation director Tuna Bora collaborates with London-based totally animator Jonathan Djob Nkondo in this excerpt from Solipsism.

The movie tells the tale of a younger woman who, amidst self-isolation, turns into lost within the global that surrounds her.

And in Dancers inside the Loop, French filmmaker Julie Rohart identifies proposal determined inside the isolation of Paris’ lockdown inside the iciness of 2020.