National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

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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  • Outstanding museum. Many different displays representing a multitude of time periods. I don't know how many aircraft are on display, but it is significant.  more »
  • The exhibits were outstanding and included actual aircraft inside this FREE museum. We were fortunate enough to speak with a docent, a WWII veteran, who actually served aboard one of the cut-away air ...  more »
  • If you're a history nerd like I am, this is one of the best museums in the United States, especially for military history. I can say that with confidence, having been to most of the best museums in th...  more »
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  • 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.*
  • Much more than expected! We spent about 3 hours and could have stayed longer. There were so many aspects of this museum that young old male female will find things of interest. Great family place. Free admission makes it even better. A must visit for all in the area.
  • If you love aviation or the Blue Angels, this is a must! Great museum of Navel Aviation history, Blue Angel history. There is many interactive "Real" aircraft to explore. Try to plan at least a half day to see and explore everything. They also have a great place for lunch in the museum, and of course the gift shop is full of any and everything for adults and Kids
  • Fun, family friendly environment that's very educational and interesting! If you enjoy taking photographs this is the place for you! They had multiple exhibits you could go in or sit on that kids as well as adults were posing with. This is not a quick trip place. It took our group over 2 hours and we didn't have time to read and see everything.
  • The National Naval Aviation Museum is Great, planes are everywhere with lots of info and people standing by to help you understand anything. This is a great place for kids to visit with lots of things for them to see and learn. There is a cafe there with great food, a snack bar for movies. There is the main museum with a hanger out back. The main museum is two levels. Bathrooms are nice and clean and are throughout the museum. The museum is on base and you will have to tell the guard where you are going and they will hand you a pass to the museum. The Museum is free to enter but there are a few things that will cost money such as, food, 4D movie, Movies. There are water stations there that are free if you take a water bottle. The Museum store is quiet larges and lots of Blue Angels and other Aviation things that can become yours.

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You'll find places to stay throughout Pensacola, but reserve a place downtown for the best local atmosphere and access to nearby beaches. Downtown Pensacola is on the water, and it features a collection of inns and bed and breakfasts in historical buildings and upscale tower hotels. The national chain hotels and motels along Interstate 10 by the Davis Highway and Pensacola Blvd. exits provide budget-friendly options within driving distance of downtown. It might be tempting to choose one of the budget motels along Highway 90 just west of downtown, but these reside in a rundown area. If you're arriving to spend most of your time by the ocean, stay on Pensacola Beach or Perdido Key, which sit just outside the city limits.
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