If you have a few free hours before your next flight out of Dallas Love Field (a large Southwest airline airport) consider spending it at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. This turned out to be a great way to spend the morning! Both I and my teenage son greatly enjoyed the exhibits for about an hour and a half before our flight.
This museum is in Association with the Smithsonian Institution. The Frontiers of Flight Museum was formed in 1988. It opened in June 1990, with over 5,500 square feet of exhibits were displayed on the mezzanine level of the main terminal building at Love Field. The current 100,000 square foot museum opened in June 2004.
There are 3 sections to the museum: Aviation history, Southwest and Dallas Love Field history, and a toddler/preschool play area.
Aviation History Exhibits
On the Aviation history side, there are exhibits relating to:
- Early Flyers – including a full-size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer
- Lighter than Air – hot air balloons and blimps
- The Golden Age – Early flight, such as Lindbergh and Earhart
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Military Aircraft
- Space Flight
Got a model airplane enthusiast? There is an amazing display of model airplanes!
Southwest Airlines/Dallas Love Field History
On the Southwest and Dallas Love Field side of the museum, there are several hands-on exhibits that are great for children and adults. This area features a complete Boeing 737-300 aircraft and the nose section of an earlier 737-200. On the morning we visited, there was a birthday party in a small event space and the children were enjoying both this section of the museum along with the play area.
There is also a Braniff Airlines exhibit. It traces the history of one of America’s most colorful airlines from 1928 to its final flight in 1982.
More Information about the Museum
Admission is $10 adults, $7 students, under 3 free, $8 seniors. Parking is Free.
There are no restaurants at the museum, only snacks, and beverages from the museum store and vending machines. We ate at a close-by, outdoor only (that was new for us!), Chick-fil-a before our flight.
Find more information about the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.
We enjoyed our visit to this museum and would encourage you to check it out. Please leave me a comment if you do!
While you are in Dallas with teens, check out the National Videogame Museum as well!