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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 7 of 24: The Louvre of Aviation

photo by my son

Inside Concorde, very tight seating space

The next morning we took the metro and then the bus to Musee de l’air et de l’espace at le Bourget airport. We arrived a few minutes before the museum opened. There were groups of kids from schools. Now, I have to say this is the Louvre of anything flying. The museum is free itself, but then you can buy more options to visit some airplanes inside and use simulators.

We started by visiting outside and there are planes both modern and old ones and fusees. We then visited the Concorde, then the second war room. If it was in Montreal, it would have stopped there with a one-hour visit that costs you $50 and $13 for parking not including lunch. So, I thought this was it. Then we noticed other rooms within the main building. And each room was huge, and there were 11 of them or so, and we could see planes from top, from below and there were rooms for helicopters, space room with a lot of interesting equipment. At one point I couldn’t walk anymore and sat for some time, while husband and son visited every single flying object from inside, when it was allowed, to outside. We finally thought we finished with it when we entered the main block, but no, we had to walk passed construction and found three other huge rooms. Two with all kinds of old flying machines, Montgolfiers, and ateliers showing how they were made and plans. The last room was also huge and in addition to real size machines had endless displays with miniature airplanes from all times, including anything you could find in toy stores but also old collection models. Our son took 500 pictures just in that museum.

After more than four hours I couldn’t take in more airplanes. It is a museum with tremendous history inside and an incredible collection. We didn’t listen to each animation nor did we go to a simulator or the planetarium. One could easily spend a week there and never get bored.

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