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EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh

Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
The EAA AirVenture Museum is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of historic and experimental aircraft as well as antiques, classics and warbirds. It's located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport, home of the museum's sponsoring organization, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the organization's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event (the world's biggest fly-in and airshow) that takes place in late July/early August.With over 200 aircraft, indoors and outdoors, and other exhibits and activities (including occasional aircraft rides nearby), the AirVenture Museum is a key tourist attraction in Oshkosh and is a center of activity throughout the AirVenture fly-in and airshow each summer. The museum is open year-round with the exception of a few holidays.HistoryEAA founder Paul Poberezny proposed the idea of the EAA Air Museum-Air Education center in August 1958. In 1982, Paul's son, Tom Poberezny, led the campaign to build the current updated museum and headquarters, which was opened in 1983.Features & ExhibitsThe museum's collection displays more than 200 aircraft and 20,000 artifacts, including civilian and military aircraft of historic importance, and aircraft popular with aviation hobbyists—vintage, homebuilt, racing and stunt aircraft.Some of the more historic and unusual planes include a Curtiss Pusher, Bleriot XI, Curtiss Jenny, Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro, Sikorsky S-38 amphibian flying boat, and the Taylor Aerocar flying car, as well various warbirds and Golden Age aircraft.
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  • The Smithsonian Air & Space museum it isn't, but a very nice museum. I didn't know what to expect upon entering and was pleasantly surprised. While all the exhibits were nice, I most enjoyed the milit...  read more »
  • Museum has an amazing breadth from earliest flight, barnstorming, war birds, to Rutan and other modern planes. You can spend an hour or a day. The hangers are not always open in the winter though. The...  read more »
  • This was a great stop Only complaint is there shut the hangers early for winter so you can only walk around inside so thy stinks other then that tons of hands on stuff for kids and all ages that was a...  read more »
  • One of the best aviation Museum's I have visited. And a lot of history was presented during the week of Oshkosh air venture. It's well worth a visit if you're anywhere in the area.
  • The planes are amazing! And they have so much neat background on then. Definitely need a long day to get to everything.
  • Attended AirVenture, and went to the museum to escape the afternoon heat with my 6-year-old and 3-year-old. Both boys loved the museum! There's lots of aviation history, obviously, but there are also hands-on exhibits for the kids.
  • Love, except the world map in the world war 2 area🙄
  • Wasn't we expecting something so impressive! Really wish we'd allowed more time. Will visit again next time we're in Oshkosh.
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