McAllister Museum of Aviation
Located at the Yakima Airport, the McAllister Museum of Aviation is open Thursday – Saturday, and admission is free (although donations are appreciated). The entire museum is available as a rental venue, a popular and unique option for weddings and gatherings, and with a constant influx of visiting aircraft, no two visits to McAllister are the same.
Current highlights include a Lance Sorensen 1976 Gumman AA5A-0144 Cheeta and a Cubcrafters Carbon Cub FX. Many Saturdays, their “unique airplane presentations and flying demonstrations” program brings one-of-a-kind aircrafts to Yakima, and the public is welcome for workshops, demonstrations, and of course plenty of photo opportunities.
Flying High in Yakima
Oftentimes, visitors are joined by school programs. Children have been falling in love with McAllister for decades, and hundreds of kids visit the site every year. The museum partners with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles program, giving children from 8 – 17 the chance to participate in ground instruction and complimentary airplane rides. All costs are donated by local pilots and philanthropists.
Year-round, visitors with children can also join the Young Eagles program. Regular Yakima visitors often get a membership, and for just $30 per year, you get voting rights, museum library access, newsletters and the opportunity to support this beloved museum. A recent agreement with the Seattle Museum of Flight allows access to both organizations for a double whammy of high-flying fun.