Located within Paris-Le Bourget, one of Europe’s busiest business airports, is one of the world’s largest and oldest museums dedicated to aeronautics. The Air and Space Museum encompasses 1.6 million square feet (150,000 square meters) of hanger space showcasing more than 150 aircraft, including a 747, Concorde, DC3, Mirage and Ariane rocket, as well as a variety of aviation memorabilia dating back as far as the sixteenth century.
The Ballooning Era exhibit details the fascinating history of hot air and gas balloon flight, while the newly added Planete Pilote allows young visitors to take a seat in an aircraft cockpit, experience the buzz of an air traffic control tower or explore how a space station operates. An onsite planetarium takes visitors on a virtual journey into the heavens, while flight simulators teach them how crews operate real aircraft.
One weekend each month, the special Cockpits Secrets program takes visitors into some of the museum’s legendary cockpits — typically closed to the public — to hear the stories and history of these great aircraft.