Long Beach Airport offers guests a behind the scenes glimpse of aviation operations, aviation history, classic architecture and mosaic artwork. The tour is available free to groups ages eight and up with advanced reservations.
A unique feature includes the facility's art and architecture. Long Beach Airport possesses one of the few historic terminal buildings in the U.S. that remains in operation. LGB's efforts at maintaining the unique landmark and planning for future restoration were lauded with a 1999 Preservation Award by the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission.
The airport terminal was constructed in 1940-41 and considered a masterpiece of early Streamline Moderne architecture designed by two of the City's most eminent architects, W. Horace Austin and Kenneth Wing. LGB is the oldest municipal airport in Southern California.
The facility also houses several important artworks from the period. The terminal's extensive ceramic tile artworks by Grace Clements, a product of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program in the 1940s, is also a unique feature. More recently, a mosaic mural by local artist Patrick Mohr was added to the terminal. The artwork is a reflection of the historical, cultural, and physical qualities of Long Beach.
Airport tours, which can vary depending on the status of daily operations, include the terminal, fire and rescue, and a walk through the historic exhibit which pays tribute to many of Long Beach's aviation legends.
Due to the popularity of tours, all tours for school groups must be booked one month in advance. For reservations or for further information contact Public Affairs at 562-570-2678
GROUPS: Ages 8+, Maximum Group 30
TIME: Tours for pre-scheduled school groups are available weekdays at 10AM.
CONTACT: Reservations required as space is limited. Please contact:
Public Affairs office
Long Beach Airport,
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