Trip to the Santiago aeroplane museum

Last week we went to the aeroplane museum (Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio), here in Santiago.

If your kids have a thing for planes, helicopters or engines, you have to check it out!

It’s huge, and really interactive. While some of the more precious models are fenced off, kids can climb aboard, touch or take a (pretend) flight on all the rest.

We saw fighter jets, helicopters, gliders and umm flying machiney things.

Thankfully staff are so, so friendly and knowledgeable and answered my kids’ questions better than me.

Bless them, they did try to explain all the different engine systems too, but it was all rather lost on me. I was too busy soaking up the sun.

The beautiful gardens are vast, with plenty of space to zoom around pretending to be a jet fighter.

We spent so much of the morning in the play corner, and alas we ran out of time for the space rockets on the upper floor.

But jet pilot Sebastian will be there to fight another day soon!

Need to know: 

There is no cafeteria, so pack a picnic.

There is limited shade outside, so wear sunscreen and a hat on warmer days.

Entrance is free.

Closed on Mondays. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Avenida Pedro Aguirre Cerda Nº 5.000 (Ex camino Melipilla), Los Cerrillos Santiago de Chile.

Metro: Line 6, Cerrillos. 

www.museoaeronautico.gob.cl

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