Frequently Asked Questions

TICKETING & GENERAL INFORMATION:


What are your operating hours?

The Museum is open daily from 9am-5pm. The Museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (We also usually close early on Christmas Eve). Current Museum hours can be found on our Museum Hours and Admission page

For the safety of our young guests, all guests under the age of 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older). 

Do you have wheelchairs available?
We do have several wheelchairs and a couple of scooters available for guests. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. The earlier you arrive to the Museum, the better chance that one is available. Just ask at the admissions desk for a wheelchair or scooter when you arrive.

Can I tour the Hughes Flying Boat “Spruce Goose?”
Yes. Your regular Museum admission allows you access to the cargo hold of the Spruce Goose. For cockpit tours, prices are as follows—paid when you arrive, with your Museum admission: $50/person (45 minute in-depth tour + photo + souvenir photo holder; 45-minute tour given when docent is available) or $29.95 for a group of up to 4 people (15 minute tour + photo + souvenir photo holder).

Do you allow photography?
Guests are allowed to take photos for personal use only. Commercial photography is reviewed and allowed on a case-by-case basis, upon request. Please make requests (in advance of your arrival) to take media or professional photos to the Museum office during regular business hours, weekdays from 8am-5pm: Tel 503-434-4185.  All professional photographers must complete a form, and be escorted through the Museum during the photo shoot. We do not allow tripods or "selfie sticks" in the Museum. If you bring a tripod, monopod, or other tripod-like device, we will ask you to return it to your vehicle, or we can keep it behind the admissions desk until you leave.

How do I book a birthday party?
Please contact the Catering Department at the Museum main office to schedule your birthday party at the Museum: via email or call 503-687-2432.

Do you offer a campus pass?
No, we do not have a full campus pass for the Waterpark, Museums & Theater, as the Wings & Waves Waterpark is no longer part of the Museum—it is now a separate company. 

Do you sell gift cards to the Museum?
No, at this time we do not sell gift cards.

Can we bring in outside food?
No, we do not allow outside food in the Museum. We do allow people to go outside, eat, and come back into the Museum with a paid admission band. 

Are animals allowed inside the Museum?
Unfortunately, only service animals are allowed in the Museum. 

Can I leave my animal in my car while I visit the Museum?
No, even with windows rolled down it can reach extreme temperatures that are unsafe. Cars with animals inside will be reported to local law enforcement. We kindly ask that you please leave your pets at home.

Are firearms allowed inside the Museum?
Firearms/weapons are prohibited on Museum property, which includes the parking lot, and entrance road. This includes permitted concealed weapons. 

Donation Requests
Please read our Guidelines for Donation Requests (PDF) before submitting your request.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum donates tickets that are in line with our Mission: “To inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans.” As a 501(c)3 we have a limited number of tickets to donate, but encourage people to read the Guidelines for Donation Requests PDF (above) and send any questions to: donations@sprucegoose.org

All Donation requests must be sent by regular mail to:

Donations @ Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128

If approved for a donation, you will receive the gift certificates at least one week prior to your event or donation receipt deadline.

Do you offer discounts?
Yes!
Active Military:
Present your military I.D. and receive free admission to the Museum, for up to 4 people. Tickets to movies are just $5 per person. 

Group Rate:
Groups of 15+ people can receive the reduced admission group rate of $18/person. Registration and pre-payment required by calling the Museum office at 503-434-4185.

AAA Membership:
AAA members receive $4 off Museum admission for up to four (4) people. Please present your AAA card when purchasing admission.

Veteran Discount:
We offer $4 off Museum admission for all Veterans, for up to four (4) people. 

ARTIFACT QUESTIONS:

Are the aircraft flyable?
The ones that have drip pans underneath them are flyable, but they would need an annual inspection and maintenance to make them legal. 

Why are the two Marine Corps aircraft not resting on their wheels?
Those two aircraft are on loan to the Museum from the Marine Corps. As part of the loan agreement, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum must keep them safe—including their tires. The bottom of their landing gear is resting on jacks, which keeps the weight of the aircraft off the tires.

Can I ride on the Biplanes in the Space Museum?
The Evergreen Biplane ride is available every day, for those that meet the height requirement. Just ask one of the green-vested Museum staff to start it up for you. Limit two rides per child, per day. 

Who owns the aircraft in the Museum?
The Museum owns many of the aircraft in the collection, but some are owned by private individuals and loaned to the Museum. However the more modern jet aircraft are on loan from the Museum of the United States Air Force, Naval Aviation Museum, and Marine Corps Museum. Some of the artifacts are on loan from the GSA, Smithsonian, and Kansas Cosmosphere.

How did the Spruce Goose get here?
The Spruce Goose was disassembled at the Dome in Long Beach, California and transported on an ocean barge up the West Coast to Portland, Oregon via the Columbia River. Once in Portland, it was transported by smaller barges on the Willamette River to a spot three miles from the Museum. From there it was slowly transported by truck to the Museum restoration facility, where it was prepped to go on display in the new Aviation Museum building in 2001.

Why is the Spruce Goose here?
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum was selected out of a group of several museums by the Aero Club of Southern California to be the home of the Spruce Goose. The Museum’s proposal to the Aero Club stated that the Spruce Goose will be protected as a historic artifact and displayed intact in perpetuity.

Where are restrooms in the Aviation Museum?
There are two restroom areas in the Aviation Museum. As you enter the building, the main restrooms are to the right, through the Museum Store/behind the Liberty Belle Café. The second set of restrooms are on the west side of the building, near the DC-3. There are also two similarly located sets of restrooms in the Space Museum.

How do you Volunteer?
You can submit a Volunteer application and mail it to the Museum. You will then receive a call from our Volunteer Recruiter to set up an interview. Once accepted as a Volunteer, the Museum holds a Volunteer Orientation once a month. Visit our Volunteer page, and feel free to download the Volunteer application!

Why can’t I sit in the cockpits of the aircraft?
Some of the aircraft are considered artifacts, and if everyone sat in the cockpit they would quickly become worn and degraded.

How do you clean the Spruce Goose?
There are two Volunteers who dust the aircraft from nose to tail every 6 months. They use long poles with dust cloths on them and a 60 foot lift. About the time they finish, we open up the windows in the Museum to cool the building down and the plane gets dusty again!

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