The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum seeks to inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans. With displays ranging from the elegant aeronautic designs of two unknown bike mechanics – Orville and Wilbur Wright – to an actual Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that can fly at speeds of over 2,000 miles per hour, the McMinnville, Ore., museum has a little something for everyone. The centerpiece of these aeronautic breakthroughs is the original Spruce Goose, built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, which stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II.
For many kids, the museum’s biggest attraction is the unique Wings & Waves Waterpark, an indoor, all-season, 70,000-square-foot space topped by a massive Evergreen International Aviation B747-100 aircraft. The educational waterpark teaches visitors about the power of water and its effects on society, and also entertains them with 10 water slides of various sizes, a wave pool and a children’s museum.