American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, West Chester

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Specialty Museum
Established in 1996, the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center collects, restores and displays historical aircraft, chronicles the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft and teaches about their lifesaving missions. As the only helicopter museum in the country it focuses on the science and technology of vertical flight to educate and inspire all generations. The museum displays over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes. Visitors can climb aboard helicopters of all kinds for a truly unique hands-on experience. The museum is located in historic West Chester, Pennsylvania, where this nation’s rotary wing aviation began and still thrives today.
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  • This is really a gem. Went here with my wife and grandkids. Everyone enjoyed it. Wonderful history of helicopters. Good demonstrations. We had a really enjoyable guide.The helicopters are minimally re...  more »
  • We have been here numerous times with grand kids. Bought the grandparents package. A great place for them to run around for an hour or so. Docents are great - some Boeing hands. Big surprise that Phil...  more »
  • Great place for an hour stop --- there are some great vintage machines --- information on helicopters --- A bit pricey for the volume of equipment on display  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good for school trips. An hour of fun for military buffs.
  • So many amazing helicopters and planes. You can sit into some of them, which was super cool.