The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) was the recent museum that we had the pleasure of experiencing. Located just north of the Tulsa International Airport, the Museum has over 35,000 square feet of space to showcase Oklahoma’s legacy in the aerospace industry. If you have trouble finding it, just look for the MD-80 airplane that sits outside the front of the museum!
A hotspot for school groups, TASM has interactive exhibits allowing kids of all ages to take part in flight simulators and get an inside look in planes like an F-14A Tomcat, among many others. Not only are there areas that allow the visitor to get up close, the guest has a chance to listen to personal stories of pilots during World War II or even look inside a shadow box that portrays the cell of a Prisoner of War during the Vietnam War. The Museum displays pictures and artifacts from multiple time periods, giving the visitor a chance to see how the industry changed over time and its many accomplishments.
Some of the permanent exhibits include The Space Age, in which visitors are able to see artifacts from NASA and watch a robotic arm move around just as it would it on the space shuttle. Another exhibit, labeled Survivors, lets the visitor hear personal accounts from soldiers who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. There is also an exhibit called The Early Birds that showcases some of the amazing inventions that Tulsa had a part in and their contributions to the aerospace industry altogether.
The Museum’s mission is to “Preserve Oklahoma’s aerospace heritage to inspire science-based learning through discovery,” and there is no doubt that they are achieving the goal of inspiring every person that walks in. The museum’s staff were as friendly as could be, putting the finishing touches on a wonderful experience at the Museum. TASM is highly recommended for any guest that has an interest in the aerospace industry, giving the visitor a chance to explore the science that many great achievements were based on.