If you’ve got kids between the ages of 5 and 18, you may be able to get a FREE Museum of Flight Connections Pass! This program provides unlimited free visits to the museum for one child and one adult per Connections boarding pass!
What is Museum of Flight Connections?
The Connections Program is an educational membership that helps students and their caregivers visit the museum. Students who are eligible, as described below, can get this incredible pass.
The Museum of Flight Connections Pass includes:
- Unlimited FREE visits to the museum (for the student and one adult)
- Unlimited FREE access to the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center
- Special events & opportunities
- Connections Newsletter subscription
- Discounted Navigator-level membership at age 19
Although each Connections pass only includes one student and one adult, every eligible student can get their own pass. This means that a family with four kids could potentially receive four passes, which would together provide admission for four children and four adults.
Please note that since this isn’t a standard membership, Connections participants do not receive advertised members-only discounts or access to members-only events.
Who is eligible for Museum of Flight Connections?
Students between the ages of 5 and 18 can participate in this program if they participate in certain eligible education programs at the museum. Once a student has enrolled in connections, their siblings can also receive a Connections pass.
This program has evolved a lot over the years. When I first reported on it, there was an open enrollment period where any child could enroll. That ended pretty quickly.
After that, students had to attend a Connections Event with a parent or guardian in order to claim their membership. Those events filled up quickly and pretty soon the enrollment process changed again.
Now, the Museum of Flight Connections Program is only available to students between the ages of 5 and 18 who participate in one of the specific Connections-eligible programs offered by the Museum.
As of March 2023, those programs include:
- Aeronautical Explorations (Grades 9-12)
- Aeronautical Science Pathway (Grades 11 & 12)
- Aerospace Camp Experience (Grades K-12)
- Amelia’s Aero Club (Grades 6-8)
- Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (Grades 6-8)
- Museum Apprentice Program (Grades 9-12)
- Private Pilot Ground School (Grades 9-12)
- Washington Aerospace Scholars (Grades 10-11)
- Women Fly (Grades 6-12)
Although these programs can be very expensive, the museum does offer full ride scholarships to low income households who need assistance. For example, the K-12 Aerospace Camp Experience costs up to $525 normally but full-ride scholarships are available to people who those who qualify. There is a limited number of scholarships available for each program and you will need to apply right away if you need assistance.
Siblings of eligible students can get a free pass, too.
Siblings can join, too! Any siblings of a current Connections member can also claim a free Seattle Museum of Flight Connections pass. They simply need to visit the museum with their parent or legal guardian any time the museum is open. Stop by the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center to pick up the sibling’s pass.
What is the Seattle Museum of Flight?
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle. It is the largest private non-profit air and space museum in the world and it boasts one of the largest air and space collections in the United States!
At the Museum of Flight, your children will learn about air and space history. They’ll also be able to tour and even sit in a large variety of aircraft. The museum overlooks Boeing Field, so they can also watch airplanes take off and land throughout their visit.
If you’ve never been to the Museum of Flight, I highly recommend it! It’s one of our favorite museums in Seattle.