National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

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Dedicated to preserving the history of naval aviation, National Naval Aviation Museum displays more than 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft and spacecraft. In addition to the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, the museum's collection includes other historical helicopters, biplanes, fighter planes, gliders, and space capsules. The museum also operates a flight academy, a six-day program meant to teach the youngest of aviation enthusiasts about the importance of science and math in aerospace careers. Pilot wannabes of all ages can ride the museum's flight simulators or watch IMAX films at the on-site theater. The museum gift shop sells aviation books, toys, caps, flags, patches, and posters. Using our international travel planner, Pensacola attractions like National Naval Aviation Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We went to watch the blue angels practice and it was amazing !! You also get free entry into the museum after the flight show !  more »
  • This was, by far, a highlight for us all on our trip! Seeing the Blue Angels perform was breathtaking and amazing! Such detail by these pilots!! Museum was fantastic as well as the little grill we sto...  more »
  • Worth the drive. Very nice facility, great staff too. I didn’t get a chance to see the whole museum cause that day the Blue Angels happened to be doing an exhibition! Great experience, very nice and d...  more »
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  • This is such a fun place to go for anyone who is interested in history. The museum is located on the Pensacola Naval Base. It is free to enter the museum and they offer guided tours every 15 to 20 minutes in small groups of 10 to 20 people. The guides are always upbeat and make the tour very interesting and are very knowledgeable and don't just run off of a script. Of course you can just walk through the museum at your own pace but I do highly recommend the guided tours. Food and souvenir shop are fairly reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Don't listen to any negative comments. This is an amazing museum that preserves naval aviation history and allows you to get right up to the planes and touch them. This place is great for families and children. Make a trip out of it and do not forget to bring an ID, they are very protective over their museum and want to ensure it is safe. If you love aviation, this museum will absolutely blow you away.
  • We love this museum. We have been here before, but today we took a guided tour that was led by a retired Navy pilot who was a charming gentleman with some fascinating historical facts and personal stories to share. We also tried out the flight simulator today which was really fun. It’s a great place to bring to whole family. *Be aware that google maps will direct you to a restricted gate to enter the base and a civilian will not be allowed to enter. You may want to call ahead to get accurate directions until this is corrected.*
  • This place is amazing! There are so many displays to look at; many of them interactive. I would recommend coming even if you aren’t an aviation buff, a military history lover, affiliated with the Navy, etc etc. The original Skylab is here! You can jump in a flight simulator that actually spins! And the history located within the hangars making up this museum is boundless. Three hours wasn’t enough time for us to explore; we will definitely be back.
  • A must see attraction in if you are in the Pensacola area. The museum was remodeled in 2004 and is world class. You will need about 3 hours to see everything, but could spend more time depending on what is going on. My favorite plane is the ME262 fighter. Across the street is another must see stop, the Pensacola Lighthouse. It has the best views of the area.
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