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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

(4.9/5 based on 4,200+ 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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  • Very nice museum with knowledgable docents. We took the trolley tour of the "bone yard" of planes waiting to be restored. Our guide was retired Naval Pilot who was a wealth of information and a true l...  more »
  • I've been going to the museum since I was a little girl. We go at least once a year to see what's new and how it has grown. It's an all day walk around. Love it. 
  • There is nothing quite like National Naval Aviation Museum. It is an wonderful "hands on" experience which allows you, whether traveling by yourself or with family, to not only see the history of avia...  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.