Alameda’s Naval Air, History Museums Open Their Doors

Dee Kassbian of the Naval Air Museum at Alameda Point, (left), wants everyone to know that the museum has opened its doors again. Visitors can enjoy stories from our city’s rich naval history each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not everyone is aware that the Alameda Museum has newer exhibits to enjoy, (right). The Alameda Museum is open Saturday and Sunday.
Dennis Evanosky

Alameda’s Naval Air, History Museums Open Their Doors

The Alameda Air Museum preserves the historic legacy of early aviation on Alameda’s West End and the Naval Air Station. The museum features archival materials, photographs and exhibits.

The museum’s materials relate stories ranging from the China Clipper’s first transpacific flight in 1935 to the eventual closing of the air station in 1997.

The museum’s exhibits include China Clipper Hall, NAS Alameda, Doolittle’s Raid, the Battle of Midway, Benton Field and more.

The Naval Air Museum is open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment for group tours of 10 people or more during the week. Admission is $10, but is free for children under 12, active or retired military in uniform with ID, and for organized youth groups by appointment.

A wonderful upstairs space, called “The Crow’s Nest” with its 3,500-square-foot banquet room is available any day of the week.

Opportunities to view the museum’s archives are available by appointment on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 2151 Ferry Point, #77.

To learn more about the Naval Air Museum, visit www.AlamedaNavalAirMusem.org or call (510) 522- 4262; free parking is available; the museum is wheelchair accessible.

The Alameda Museum has a wonderful array of exhibits that include an area devoted to transportation-related artifacts, like a six-seat bicycle, an Anderson Steam Engine & Tender, a high-wheel (or “ordinary”) bicycle, a brass locomotive bell and an oil painting of the Alameda Mole, pictured on the right.

The museum also has displays that feature both the Alameda police and fire departments.

The museum’s Victorian-era section consists of period furniture from several Alameda homes. The museum’s architectural detail grouping comprises millwork, finials and hardware from Victorian-era Alameda homes.

The Neptune Beach exhibit features the commercial operation, that existed from 1917 to 1939 at the foot of Webster Street at Central Avenue.

Another exhibit features photographs, full uniforms and trophies of Alameda’s 1937-1939 women’s champion softball team.

Don’t miss the globe and stand that dates back to the Victorian Era. The globe itself was recovered in the 1930’s to reflect then-current political boundaries. This globe is known to have been located in the old Alameda Free Library from 1897 to 1903, when the library was located in the west wing of the Alameda City Hall.

The museum also has a threemasted sailing vessel model built in 1892 by a talented local cabinet maker.

The museum is located at 2324 Alameda Ave. just off Park Street. The museum is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.