American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, West Chester

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American Helicopter Museum & Education Center remains the country's premier aviation institution, dedicated specifically to helicopters. The non-profit established in 1996 collects, restores, and exhibits rotary-wing aircraft, including dozens of civilian and military convertiplanes, autogiros, and helicopters. It's a great chance to enjoy a real-life history lessons, with opportunities to climb into aircraft cockpits and try your hand at some of the controls. Check the website for upcoming special events and various kid-friendly programs. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to American Helicopter Museum & Education Center by using our West Chester trip planner .
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  • Great museum with lots of interesting exhibits from the start of Helicopter development to now. A good movie provides a nice overview of the development of the helicopter.  more »
  • There are a lot of things to do-interactive/educational etc. One grandchild was uncomfortable with the medical helicopter- hurt people! Nice movie and playroom.  more »
  • This is a nice local museum next to a local airstrip. I have taken my kids about 10 times over the years. From smaller to older kids. They have enjoyed it. Especially ROTO Fest which is yearly in the ...  more »
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  • We attended a child's birthday party here on a Saturday. It's a nice sized museum with a good variety of aircraft indoors and out. There are a number of interesting exhibits throughout, like a cutaway (piston) engine that you can rotate by hand to see the moving parts, aircraft that you can walk through, and several that you can sit in and work the controls. The larger aircraft are outside and you can walk around them. It was a great place for a kids birthday party; they have a play room and another room where you can serve food and cake. The museum backs up to the West Chester airport and you can watch planes (and helicopters) take off and land.
  • Dizzying highs and some lows. But as this was my 10th visit I was eligible for their fantastic buy one grounded and mothballed helicopter and get the second 🚁 at half off. Now that is not really true, since I didn't want to spend the $10 fee for entry, so I can only assume that the exhibits might be for sale. You're welcome to let me know if you accidentally find anything out. #HelicopterLivesMatter
  • It's basically one large room with lots of helicopters. Some interesting displays but smaller than expected - I wouldn't expect to spend more than an hour here. If you're into helicopters you'll probably like it but it probably won't draw you in if that's not your thing.
  • Great experience. We learned a lot about helicopters. I could tell the staff had a lot of experience with the helicopters on display
  • Interesting assortment of helicopters on display with other exhibits on site. Reasonably priced fees and plenty of on-site parking available. Staff are very knowledgeable.

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