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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. For National Naval Aviation Museum and beyond, use our Pensacola travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Pensacola vacation.
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  • This was an unexpected gem while visiting Fort Barrancas. The museum is just a minute away from the fort and the lighthouse. You can spend all day at the museum! There were so many planes to see.  more »
  • Honestly the aircraft is not my cup of tea but in two-hour walks in hangars disputes we have the history of U.S. aviation in life-size. Remember to take your papers because you enter on a military zone, and it's free!
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  • My kids really enjoyed this museum and so did my husband and I. My dad and my teenager really enjoyed the flight simulator and it was fun watching them!  more »
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  • This was a highlight of our visit! There are so many aircraft, you hardly know where to look (in a very good way). They have cut away parts of engines, built stairs into re-created spaces, made cockpits accessible--the curators put together a wonderful experience. Even those who don't know much about the history of aviation will be awed and interested. Great place to stop by!
  • This is one of the best museums I have been to. If you are in the area please do yourself a favor and visit here. Admission is free. You have to pay for the movies, but the IMAX theater here is really nice and the movies very good. Lots to see here and half of it was closed for renovations when I was there. Get to visit a real Navy base and see all the planes the Navy has flown since airplanes were enlisted. Really done right, and I was in the Air force, so I got to be telling the truth.
  • I have four children aged 1 to 9. They all loved it! Something for everyone. Went to see Blue Angels, but they were in Nevada. Kids were still not disappointed.
  • Always amazing! So much to see. Well kept, and clean. Need to go more than once, to make sure you don't miss anything. Was disappointed that the Blue Angels were gone for a month, and the lighthouse was closed for restoration. Maybe next time... TN
  • An Absolute must see if you are an aviation lover or military. There are so many awesome aircraft set up inside including the Older Model Blue Angels, as well as old aircraft with historical significance. I enjoyed this thoroughly with my parents and my wife. We would definitley visit again, and it's FREE entry.