Press Release

SFO Reopens Aviation Museum & Library After Renovations


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San Francisco International Airport
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SFO Reopens Aviation Museum & Library After Renovations
Improvements include new galleries, exhibitions, expanded digital archives

SAN FRANCISCO—June 01, 2022 – the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today reopened the renovated Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum & Library after a closure of more than two years. The facility, named after SFO’s Airport Director from 1981-1995, is an architectural adaptation of the Airport's passenger lobby from the 1930s. Improvements make the facility more visible to travelers, and feature new galleries and exhibitions. 

“We are proud to welcome visitors back to our Aviation Museum & Library,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “Since its opening in 2000, this facility has preserved and celebrated the rich history of aviation for generations of guests to enjoy. This renovation not only enhances the physical facility, but also makes the museum’s extensive collection of aviation objects more accessible to online visitors. We know this facility will continue to serve as a cherished center for the story of air transportation.”

During the closure, SFO Museum staff conducted an extensive digital construction of the museum’s Aviation Collection, which numbers more than 150,000 objects related to the histories of commercial aviation and San Francisco International Airport. Recently launched, this new website presents more than 40,000 objects and is updated weekly with new material. Highlights from the online collection include significant holdings on the histories of SFO, major airlines like Pan Am and United Airlines, along with photographs, uniform pieces, and other aviation memorabilia. Visit to explore the collection online.

The Aviation Museum & Library is also launching a series of new exhibitions, including:


About SFO Museum

Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2005 and 2020, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport.

Today, SFO Museum features more than twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit Follow us on,, or

About San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

SFO is excited to welcome travelers back to the skies with an airport experience featuring seamless access, thoughtful amenities, sustainable design and inspiring artwork and exhibits.

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