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Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach

(4.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Home to one of the largest collections of warbirds, Military Aviation Museum displays planes from all over the world, including some of the first-ever war planes. Many of them surround a U.S. Air Force hangar that's been converted into the attraction's main museum. Almost every plane has been restored for flying by the Fighter Factory and the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. Check the website for a schedule of air shows, which include planes from World War I and World War II. A reference library and exhibit of artifacts tell the stories of the planes on display outside. Make Military Aviation Museum a centerpiece of your Virginia Beach vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Virginia Beach family vacation planner.
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  • We visited this museum during a rainy day on family vacation. There were nine of us including three kids 1-6 years old. We spent a good amount of time touring the museum and had fun! 
  • We went there with family the first time last year (2016) because we heard so many good things about the historical displays there. "There" being two (2) large former aircraft hangars a few feet from ...  more »
  • I was completely blown away with the sheer number of planes, memorabilia, and information here. They have separate hangers for World War 1, World War 2, Navy, Air Force, exhibits on women in flight, a...  more »
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  • This was an amazing place! Would be great for any ages, but particularly for anyone interested in aviation or military history. The stories of where these planes were recovered from and how they were restored are unbelievable. The pilots were all true American heroes. The planes all work! Visit this spot!
  • was there during a WWI flyout, which was amazing. their collection is world class and they operate a beautiful facility. I was blown away by their rare WWII Russian fighters. if you love airplanes and are nearby you must check this out.
  • Amazing place to teach your children about their history. There are a good variety of planes and other historical items to see and learn about. Staff is very friendly, entertaining, and knowledgeable. There is also a small area in the front with lifesize dinosaurs for the smaller kids to enjoy and picnic tables.
  • A lot of planes to see. The tour guide was very informative as we were guided through every area of the museum.
  • On an afternoon when it was supposed to rain, we headed to this museum for a change of pace from the beach. The staff was very friendly and as we browsed the collection, they would offer to answer any questions or tell us stories about certain planes and events. We missed the last tour of the day that went elsewhere (they didn't really explain what that was, I assume other hangars) but they gave us half price admission. We got there at 3:30 and it didn't close until 5, so I was surprised we missed it. However, the hangars that were attached to the main museum still held some planes with great historical significance. It's amazing that it's a privately held collection, and it was interesting to hear how each plane was recovered and restored. We would definitely go back here to see what we missed!