My family recently visited the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Even though I’ve lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 15 years, I had never been before!
Location and Price
The American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum is located just southwest of DFW airport. It’s one of the buildings at the large campus that makes up the headquarters of American Airlines. Although the parking lot was outside of the gates, we had to walk through a security gate to enter the museum. The museum is located just off of Highway 360 service road and next to AA’s flight school.
Our tickets were free since we went as part of the Smithsonian Museum Day Live event. Regular admission is just $7 for adults and $4 for kids and students.
Exhibits at C.R. Smith Museum
The first thing we did at the museum was watch a movie about the history of aviation and American Airlines. Of course, all of the seats in the theater were first class airplane seats.
My son enjoyed playing with this flight simulator near the theater:
Throughout the museum, we tested several types of airline seats:
Check out all the airlines that merged into American Airlines!
This Douglas DC-3 airplane is housed in the hangar. This was the first airplane that could make money from transporting passengers alone.
We could go into the airplane and try out all the seats and view the cockpit and restroom.
Stuff for Kids
Thankfully, the C.R. Smith Museum has plenty to keep my kids occupied. This wasn’t one of those hands-off museums where everything was for display only.
The museum has a scavenger hunt for all ages.
It also has a foam building block/playground area, a coloring area, paper airplane station, interactive puzzles and uniforms for the kids to try.
The museum has a special program called Saturdays at the Smith that was just ending when we arrived. If we went again, we would time our visit to coincide with that activity.
Last but not least, the gift shop is pretty great. It has so many cool things for adults and kids. My son ended up with a Lego AA plane, and my daughter walked out with a flight attendant Barbie doll.
The American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum has more of a corporate feel than other aviation museums. It’s not very expensive, and it has enough to entertain even the youngest kids.
If you live in the DFW area, I think it’s worth the trip for a leisurely Saturday visit. If you are an AvGeek and you have a longer layover at DFW airport, it would be an inexpensive Uber ride to get there.
Have you been to the C.R. Smith Museum? What did you think?
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Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.