The collection at Evergreen Aviation Museum is attracting a record number of visitors and regularly acquiring new additions. Admissions to the museum are up nearly 48 percent over 2004. In the month of July, the museum saw over 28,000 people, and July became one of the busiest months since its opening in June 2001. In just over four years, the Evergreen Aviation Museum has seen over 750,000 visitors and continues its reputation as one of Oregon’s top visitor attractions.
“We are honored to display such an amazing collection of exhibits and to attract visitors from all over the world who are anxious to see the famous “Spruce Goose” (the world’s largest wooden airplane), and are thrilled by the depth of our collection after they arrive,” said Darrell Kuelpman, executive director.
Nine new exhibits have been added to the widely admired “Spruce Goose,” the SR–71 Blackbird, the Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat and over 60 other historic aircraft on display. The newest exhibits include a Sopwith Camel, a Curtiss Model D, Titan II SLV Missile, U.S. Marine Corps Mastiff III unmanned aerial vehicle, Mitsubishi AM63 Zero cockpit, radio control and motion control models from the Academy Award nominated film “The Aviator,” North American T-2C Buckeye, Blériot XI replica, and a hot air balloon interactive exhibit. The museum also features artwork and traveling displays, the newly remodeled Spruce Goose Café and the museum store.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except when it is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter. The museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Regular visitor admission is required.
For more information, call (503) 434-4180 or visit [http://www.sprucegoose.org].