Since the opening of the Main Gallery, where the oldest aircraft are displayed, it offers a collection of over 180 machines giving a complete panorama of the aerospace era, from the original “heavier than air” glider Massiat-Biot (1879) to the Ariane rocket.
The aeronautics museum since 1975
France’s Air and Space Museum is certainly the oldest aeronautics museum in the world. It was created in Meudon following the first world war, moved to the Bourget in 1975. Since the opening of the Main Gallery, where the oldest aircraft are displayed, it offers a collection of over 180 machines giving a complete panorama of the aerospace era, from the original “heavier than air” glider Massiat-Biot (1879) to the Ariane rocket. In the remodelled building which was once the Le Bourget air terminal, the Main Gallery houses a unique collection of flying machines which once belonged to the aviation’s pioneers: Santos-Dumont, Farman, Bleriot, Fabre, Garros and the WWI flying aces. Five other halls facing Le Bourget’s runways depict the conquest of the air from the period between the two world wars up until the present day.
Do not miss!
In the Main Gallery :
- The exhibit “Le Temps des Ballons” presents an exceptional collection of balloon theme, “objets d’art” and aerostation equipments of the 18 th and 19 th centuries.
In the Concorde’s Hall :
- The prototype 001 Concorde
- The Mirage IV n°9
- The most beautiful aircrafts of WW2
In the Prototypes’s Hall :
- *The SO 6000 Triton, first french jet plane built in 1946
- The Griffon, first french aircraft that reached the speed of mach 2, August, the 5th 1958
ln the Cocarde’s Hall :
- The main fighting aircrafts of the french Air Army since 1950
- An educational scale model of a Mirage 1
In the Hall from 1918 to 1939 :
- A fuselage of a Farman “Goliath”, civilian transport aircraft in 1919
- A cinema with 5 movies
In the Space’s Hall :
- The Soyouz T6 which was used by the french cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chretien
- A Diamant’s rocket, that threw the first french satellite “Asterix” in 1965
Location : Aéroport de Paris – Le Bourget 93352 Le Bourget
Phone : 01 49 92 70 00
How to get there :
- Bus : 152 from Porte de la Villette
- Bus : 350 from Gare du nord, Gare de l’est, Porte de la Chapelle
- Open every day except Mondays, and public holidays
- from 10am to 5pm (to 6pm from May 1st to October 31th).
Official website : https://www.museeairespace.fr