The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world’s largest wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose,” the SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the Titan II SLV Missile. In addition, there are more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits on display, along with Oregon’s biggest large-format 3D theater.
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A pleasant surprise worth seeing.
This is a very interesting museum. The Spruce Goose and it's history. You can go up into the Goose and then watch the movie about Howard Hughes. There are lots of helicopters and planes, especially for the size of the building. Some aircraft with extraordinary paintings that help portray the emotions that came with aircraft situations. There is one of the first passenger planes you can step into. There are those spacious airline seats you can sit in and discover what you are missing now. It also includes a bit of history of flight attendants. But more than that, there is the Evergreen story. They sell the book: The Evergreen Story by Bill Yenne with a preface and epilogue by Delford M Smith, who was the founder. He's my new hero. Such an incredible man, who touched the entire world and only a relative few of us know him personally, through his book, or crossed paths with his world unknowingly. The lives he and crew saved and projects done with precision are incredible. I wish I had read the book before I visited the museum. We were running short on time and had to hurry through the Space museum. But it was rather spectacular itself. The SR-71 with an exposed engine. The beginning of the space age forward. Constellations. Satellite stories and satellite tracker. Unfortunately, the simulator was not working properly or several of the handicap entrance doors. The people are friendly. There are scooters or wheelchairs inside for the disable. They have an elevator to accommodate a WC to see the inside of the Spruce Goose. There are discounts including AAA. I could have been there all day. But then again I always spend a long time in any museum. They recommend at least 1 hr per museum.
Oregon museum gem
Great museum and facility. Wish we had more time to spend, but this was a fun pit stop on our way from the coast to Portland. It was so interesting to see the famous Spruce Goose and the many other beautifully displayed exhibits. Lots to see inside and out. Stop if you are in the area!
The Spruce Goose is worth driving 2 hours away for alone. It’s absolutely mind boggling and awe inspiring. It’s the biggest aircraft EVER BUILT up until a couple years ago….crazy! If you’re traveling to the Portland area, this is a must do if you are remotely interested in aviation or history. My only regret was not budgeting more time for this experience so I could read more about the history and talk to all of the veterans. Tons of other aircraft, including the rare SR71 Blackbird , A10 Thunderbolt, Cobra helicopter, etc…
So much more than just the Spruce Goose
I was expecting to be impressed by the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Howard Hughes hated people calling it the Spruce Goose) in a much larger & lighter building than when I last saw it (under a dome in Long Beach) but wasn’t expecting such a wide array of other aircraft around it. There’s a wide range of historically significant aircraft as well as some good replicas with detailed explanations of the type and history of the specific aircraft. The planes have been beautifully restored and well looked after and the large purpose built “hangar”, which includes a small cafe and, of course, a gift shop. The H-4 is also well presented and dominates the space and I think every photo I took of other aircraft has part of it in the background! You can go into the H-4 main deck: tours of the flight deck require pre-booking and an additional fee. But that’s not all- there’s another building for the Space exhibits: This showcases the origins of space travel and includes US examples of a V-1 and a V-2 as well as a Redstone, a Titan and an unused Mercury capsule. Again, information boards explain the background well and place the exhibits in their historical context. There’s also a fine replica of a Gemini capsule with the doors open and an astronaut space-walking. Also in this building are an SR-71, an F-15 and a full scale X-15 wind tunnel model, as well as a collection of helicopters tucked away at the back. And a whole load more planes scattered around outside. So, for an aviation & space buff like me, this was somewhere I was able to lose a day taking it all in. But most people should find the “Spruce Goose” impressive enough, and find something interesting amongst the other planes in the museum.
Excellent side trip for all ages
Just by chance on or Oregon coast trip my husband remembered the Spruce Goose was in the vicinity. One hour later we were in the huge hanger. Well maintained with many other airplanes and helpful staff. Cafe had limited choices but excellent food. Admission also included the space museum next door. If you want to tour the cockpit of the ‘goose’ you must register in advance.