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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

Categories: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.9/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Visited this about an hour ago and I have to admit to being entertained for a couple of hours. Lots to see, some beautiful examples of all types of smaller air crafts, a few cars and model boats/repli...  read more »
  • This is truly an amazing place. They have beautiful restored planes,jets and helicopters from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam on display. Some of these had great historical significance. Admission is fre...  read more »
  • When we visited the museum, the Blue Angels were practicing! The museum has a wonderful collection of planes. Our docent lead tour was very worthwhile. He was so knowledgeable. Be sure to make a day o...  read more »
  • Amazing museum. The fist place I've been. I could touch most of the exhibits. Plus there awesome planes! Best part is the simulator. I would recommend visiting.
  • NOTE: I recommend to call ahead to verify which gate to use for entry as security changes have gone into effect. The "back gate" is on Blue Angel Parkway and the "front gate" (main gate) is on Navy Blvd. The National Museum of Naval Aviation is a wonderful place to take a family and is great for all ages. There is no charge to park as well as free entry. The exhibits are all free and some are hands-on too. The iMax and flight simulator do cost money as does the food/snack bar. It is a 2-story building with stairwells and an elevator. The newer building out back is a wonderful addition. There's guided tours indoors, as well as the ability to ride the trolley/bus for a tour of the restricted areas around the Museum (complete with someone describing and narrating what you see and where yo go). If you're looking for a great place to visit where you can leisurely read, view, learn about and experience the history of Naval Aviation I highly recommend going here. I'm Pensacola born & raised, I've been here numerous times.... and I still get just as excited for each subsequent visit!
  • This was one of the best museums I've ever been to. It is very clean and everything is displayed beautifully. The staff is very professional and the attraction is great. Overall would go back anyday.
  • If you visit Pensacola, Fl this should be on your must do list. The Naval Aviation Museum is full of military history and the setting is unique and beautiful. The museum is fitting considering Pensacola is the "cradle of naval aviation". The museum is great for all ages and most will leave happy and educated. There is also an IMAX theater that shows some great historical movies and documentaries.
  • This is probably one of my favorite museums. From when I went here on vacation as a kid, to visiting my parents just last week I still had to go. The aircraft on display are in IMPECCABLE condition, to the point where you would think you could gas em up and roll them out to the flight line behind the museum. That flight line, adding to the awesome of the museum is also used by none other than the Blue Angels. Often you can catch them practicing there for free - a perfect way to start a day at the museum! The staff is always friendly, and I have found this gift shop to be very affordable, which is surprising for a museum gift shop. Also, the Cubi cafe isn't a bad stop for some pre or post museum food.
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