Free early admission to a sensory-friendly environment

SEATTLE, March 25, 2016--On April 2 from 8-10 a.m., the Museum recognizes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Awareness Month with a free, special experience for Ben's Friends. Children with Autism and their families will be admitted early to visit exhibits in a sensory-friendly environment. Guests will also be invited to participate in a hands-on family activity, and receive 10 percent off purchases in the Museum Store. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing will have adjusted lighting and sound to provide the best possible experience. Visitors need to only mention "Ben's Friends" at the Admission Desk to receive free admission.

Please note: Three United States Coast Guard helicopters will arrive at Boeing Field and be towed into the Museum Parking lot for the day.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

2016 Boeing Centennial Recognition
The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its centennial, 2016. The Museum-wide Boeing recognition will be enhanced with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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