Looking for an event venue in San Diego that is as educational as it is entertaining? Allow us to introduce you to San Diego Air and Space Museum. The museum’s vast collection of artifacts and replicas mixed with ever-changing special exhibits and interactive simulators gives visitors a historical yet fresh glimpse at all things aviation. This is one of our favorite spaces to propose to meeting planners for both tours and offsite events. Read below for more info on this San Diego staple!
History of San Diego Air and Space Museum
The San Diego Aerospace Museum, established on October 12, 1961, was originally located in Balboa Park’s vacant Food & Beverage Building. In its first sixteen months of operation, almost a half million visitors entered the Museum. The museum’s popularity and increased collection over the next few years prompted a move to the larger Electric Building in 1965. Continuous growth resulted in a 1977 approval by the City of San Diego to move the museum yet again to the park’s historic Ford Building, but before the move took place, the Electric Building was destroyed by a fire that consumed much of the museum’s collection in minutes. A Recovery Fund was established and the museum reopened in 1980 after employees members of the museum and community worked together to reconstitute the Museum’s collection in the Ford Building. In April 1993, the International Aerospace Hall of Fame merged with the Museum. In 1986 the Museum became the first aero-themed museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums, and it is now a Smithsonian affiliate. In 2006 the Museum’s name changed to San Diego Air and Space Museum to better reflect its mission and collection. The California Legislature voted to declare the Museum “California’s official Air and Space Museum and Education Center. Because of San Diego’s contributions to aviation and aerospace history and technology, it is only fitting that the Museum is now recognized as one of the country’s premier aerospace museums.
Museum Highlights for Tours and Catered Events
The San Diego Air and Space Museum is a versatile space that is ideal for both corporate tour groups as well as privately catered corporate events. Featuring 1901 and 1902 Wright Glider reproductions, the Aeronca C-3 Collegian, the Appollo IX Command Module, and many more, the museum offers education and exploration at every turn. Tours range from standard admission to docent-led activities to upgraded special exhibitions (currently featured: Da Vinci: The Ultimate Innovator). Simulators and interactive exhibits also provide an opportunity to imagine life in flight. For catered events, the museum’s diverse collection, special exhibitions, and simulators act as unique decor and entertainment. The Event Team can help with everything else, from greeters dressed as vintage flight attendants, to aviation-themed menu cards, to delicious food and beverage packages and more!
Recent Case Study
Last week, The Event Team utilized 16 motorcoaches to transport 1300 guests from two downtown hotels to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for their annual President’s Reception. Welcomed by our “vintage flight attendant” greeters, guests enjoyed an evening featuring flight simulators, docent tours, and main stage entertainment from The Mighty Untouchables dance band. Check out the below slideshow for a glimpse of this excellent San Diego corporate event:
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If you have a corporate group coming to San Diego and would like more information on corporate event options at the San Diego Air and Space museum, contact The Event Team’s corporate event experts for a proposal today!
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