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National Naval Aviation Museum

1750 Radford Blvd., Naval Air Station , Pensacola, Florida 32508 | (850) 453-2389
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22 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments, Guided Tours, Stores, and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: 9am - 5pm, daily

The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is Florida’s most-visited museum. Be sure to visit the Museum’s new expansion, Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post- WWII era including Marine One presidential helicopter and Apollo 17 Lunar Module replica. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D MaxFlight simulators and a variety of special exhibits, as well as the drama and power of amazing IMAX® films. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a memento of the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is free. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.

You can allso watch the Blue Angels practice on select days during their season from March -November - check the schedule:    
http://www.navy.com/about/navylife/onduty/blueangels/practice/    


22 Reviews for National Naval Aviation Museum

June 21 2014
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"A Museum You Will Not Want To Miss"

This museum is truly amazing!  Plan to stay at least half the day so that you can explore every nook and cranny. An entire day dedicated to this museum would be best if you have the time.

There are several exhibits at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.On the Main Deck in the South Wing you will find the the Early Cold War, WWI, NC-4 and Early Aircraft exhibits.  In the Atrium you will find a fabulous display of the Blue Angels, then as you walk over to the West Wing you will find the Early Cold War, WWII Aircraft, USS Cabot Flight Deck and the Sunken Treasures Exhibits. There is also a wonderful play area for the little ones in the West Wing.  While on the Main Deck you will not want to miss the movies offered in the IMax Theatre!  

Above the Main Deck is the Second Deck. In the South Wing of the Second Deck you will find simulators that your kids will enjoy along with open cockpits from several different aircraft that both you and your children will want to try out.  You will also find the Power Plants, Weather and Aerodynamics, Art Gallery & Medal of Honor exhibits. As you move over to the West Wing you will want to walk around the Atrium for a birds eye view, and pictures, of the Blue Angles planes.  The West Wing of the Second Deck was my favorite part of the museum.  There you will find the Hall of Honor, Homefront USA, Pacific Island, WWII Carrier, Naval Aviation Pilots, The Raft and the USS Enterprise Exhibits.

Once you are done exploring the Main Building don't forget about Hangar Bay One! There you will find the Que Sera Sera, Presidential Aircraft, SP-58 Marin, Coast Guard Aircraft, Vietnam Aircraft and many other exhibits.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is very hands on.  Kids are allowed to touch and feel almost anything, which is great as it allowed this mom of curious boys to stay relaxed instead of on edge while we explored all that the museum had to offer.  My boys ages 8, 8 and 6 loved the simulators and the open cockpits exhibits.  My favorites, and the boys loved these exhibits as well, were the Homefront, Pacific Island and WWII Carrier.  They really made me feel like I was in that era as I walked through and explored each of them.

The museum has a very informative website.  Make sure you browse through it, take the virtual tour and download their app. before enjoying your day at the museum so that you won't miss a thing during your visit.

Admission to the museum is FREE but it does cost money to watch the iMax Movies and to enjoy the simulators.  The National Naval Aviation Museum is totally donor supported so make sure you you bring a few dollars to drop in the donation box as you enter through the front doors.

During your visit be sure to visit the Cubi Bar Cafe for a bite to eat.  You may run into a Naval Officer or two while you are there.  You can view their menu online before your visit.

The Blue Angels practice at NAS Pensacola most Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings from March to November.  Practice usually begins at 11:30 am Central Time and is free for you to watch.  If you are able to plan your visit around the Blue Angels practice time, do, because you will not want to miss it! You can check the museums website for the schedule.  

If you are a family with children in middle school or older be sure to ask about the Naval Aviation's Flight Academy.  This is something you will want your child to be a part of.  This Academy is focused on helping your children strengthen and inspire their interest in STEM activities through a hands on approach in a building that has been turned into an aircraft carrier.  You can find out more on the museum's website.

Myself and my kids were blown away by this museum.  It truly is top notch and everyone in your entire family will enjoy it!

May 25 2013
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Its Free....mostly"

This is a great place to visit, even better on a rainy day.  Many of the exhibits are fun to walk through and the planes are kept in very good condition. This place has grown and expanded, so there are many new things to check out.

Smaller kids may or may not enjoy this, so be careful with that.  The big airplanes can be very cool, but with the reading involved you can see how theyd feel this is boring.  Either way the kids will love playing through some of the exhibits & there is a small play area if they need to let off steam.

What I dont enjoy is the smaller attractions that nickle and dime. When the kids see them, then you learn how this museum kinda isnt free. Seperate admission is required for the simulator ride and the Imax theater.  I usually try and avoid these attractions because the kids always whine about going. I forget what the prices were but as I recall they werent great for what you got.

They have a cafe in the museum as well. Avoid this, as its nothing special. The food is average at best & naturally not a value. From then I dined it was the usual lunch fare: burgers and sandwiches.

When down here this is a must visit. Adjust your times when you visit as it really can vary. Some parties that enjoy this type of museum will take hours. Those with younger kids or short attention spans can blow through here in under an hour.

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Freedam
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April 19 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Love, love, love"

The history and nostalgia in this place is amazing...truly! Do not miss this FREE museum. Set aside an entire day because there is much to see. If you enjoy history, military memorabilia, and huge life size planes then you'll love this place. And did I mention IT'S FREE?!?!

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Gili48
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February 11 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Very interesting"

We have been here several times over the years and we have always enjoyed it. It is very well kept unlike most of the aviation museums we have been to. There were several planes on display that you could actually climb into to play and take pictures. One of the best things was that it is free and there is just a donation box at the front door.

January 23 2013
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Pensacola Naval Museum"

This place was great. We spent almost 8 hours here. On Tuesday's you can watch the Blue Angels practice for free and then meet the pilots and get their signatures if you'd like. After our family did that we spent the day wandering around the museum, eating a picnic lunch out on the grounds, taking a shuttle tour of the planes, and more wandering around the museum. We've been twice and enjoyed it both times.

March 04 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Awesome for kids of all ages"

I have 1,3, and 5 yr old boys (not to mention my boy-at-heart husband). This museum is awesome!!!  And it's free to boot!  Unlike a previous review stated, the kids can touch almost everything.  There are cockpits scattered throughout that they can climb in and touch the controls (even my 1 yr old loved this!).  My 3 & 5 yr olds can name at least 20 different planes of different eras, and can even tell you which countries were the allies and the enemies by the planes that they flew!  So this museum isn't just fun, it's educational, too!  When they're tired of walking around, there is a great kids' play area (a mock battleship), where the kids can play for hours, while the parents can relax. There is a small restaurant, but I don't recommend it because of the limited menu (nothing healthy- no fruit or veggies. All sandwiches come with chips). But also on base are plenty of picnic opportunities on the water or in shade. While you're out on base, also check out Fort Barancas and the old lighthouse that older children can climb the 100+ steps for a great view. We go here about twice a year and the museum always changes, so it never gets old for us or the kids. I highly recommend it!

January 26 2012
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"really interesting"

Every year we stay at our condo in Gulf Shores and make the short drive to the Museum.  They have recently added a new wing that we haven't explored yet.  I always seem to learn some new fact each time I go.  You can spend hours in here.  Even if airplanes and such aren't your thing, you can still find it fascinating.

dmarion
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January 19 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Amazing Aviation"

We live in Pensacola and never tire of going to the Naval Aviation Museum.  It is such a fun day with the kids and it is great that it is free!  My kids love to climb all over the planes.  There is so much history there and we always have a fabulous time.  

The IMAX is excellent as well.  There is a wide variety of shows and always something new playing.  The IMAX is not free but it isn't expensive and well worth the cost for everything that we have seen.

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twin36a
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January 12 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"navy buff"

This a great place to go if you kids loves planes or if you have a navy buff in the group. They have planes that you can see they even allow you to take pictures in the museum of the kids by the planes. Their are a couple of navy bases near by so you may even see some Navy personell in uniform and get pictures with them too

January 11 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Loved it!"

My kids are 11 and 5 and we have been 3 times since my youngest was born.  The kids love it.  They like getting the chance to sit in the airplanes and riding the flight simulator. {which does cost money}  The cost of the actual museum is free, which is a huge plus!  It's a great place to take your kids if you home school.  There is a lot of education to be learned here from not only various wars but also the air crafts themselves.

January 13 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Naval Air Musuem"

  This is a great activity for kids of any age. shows a historic walk through of the different World Wars, and the time area they occured. There are all kinds of planes and helicopters to climb in. There is also a 3D Imax Theater, which prvides a variety of different educational shows.

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Willbenra
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Naval Air Station in Pensacola"

Wondeful place to visit especially if you have a navy buff with you.  This place says free and it is indeed free to get in, but they offer several activities that have costs so be aware.  This is a place to spend the entire day exploring.  They have a shuttle that gives you the feeling that you are in a real space vehicle.  (additional costs)The downstairs has tons of actual naval planes and other vehicle that have been decommissioned.  They have a training station that allows you to "learn" to fly one of their vehicles.  This is tucked away in the back so don't miss it.  (additional costs)They have videos that give you the look and feel that you are actually flying w/the navy (has additional costs).  They have an area outside that has tons of planes etc. too.  My favorite part is the upstairs.  They have several war periods and booths set up that give you the look and feel of different parts of American history from a small general store to the jungles of Vietnam.  This is definitely worth the visit even if you don't do all the "extras".  

smbenson
smbenson
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January 13 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Best for k-5 and up"

Our kids were 3 and under when we went. My husband and I enjoyed the museum multiple times but when we took the kids it wasn't that big of a hit since there is not a lot they can do that young or touch. They were getting cranky  quickly. Will try to take them again when they are older. There are opportunities to climb up in a few of the cockpits for the older children and even an imax theater. We didn't take them in to that seeing as it can be a little much for even me at times.

January 12 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun and Educational"

This Naval Museum is very educational and extremely interesting to walk through. It is not all boats, but also has a room full of airplanes hanging down (all part of the navy, but not the first thing I think of). They also have a great Imax show. Family friendly to say the least, and also a fun, educational experience for all ages! If you're going to bring a stroller, make sure it's a single one that can easily turn corners though!

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saran
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Pensacola's Aviation Museum"

If you have a little one (or big one) who's into planes, this is the place to go!  There is a small play area for the littlest airplane enthusiasts, but the museum is definitely geared towards an older crowd.  The huge planes inside are pretty cool by just about anyone's standards though!  The museum's restaraunt is quite good as well.

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Flight Museum"

Great museum for any family visiting Pensacola area.
Great activites for little toddlers (play area for climbing and building), interesting facts for middles chool age and teenagers.  If you are really into flight and want to spend time reading the interesting facts etc, try splitting up with your spouse, because the little ones will get bored if you stop to read everything!
Lots of room outside to run and play if you want to spread out the morning. Older kids will love the flight simulator..and all ages will love the sample planes on the second floor that they can climb inot and pretend they are pilots.
Try to catch the museum on a Tues or Wed morning when the Blue ANgels are practicing...very loaud for amny small children however.

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"awesome!!!!!"

My daughter will be one-year-old next week and she LOVES it here!!!!  We've been 4 times since we moved here at the end of January.  A pilot in the making.... if my husband gets his way :)  Kid friendly area and a cafe to grab a bite to eat at.  We live nearby so can't really say anything about the food.....sorry :(

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Naval Air Station Museum"

Our 2 yr. old grandson had such a good time at the museum, we will go back many times as he grows.There is a kid friendly indoor play area. Airplanes and history abound. Nice snack bar is fun place for children and adults. Great history lessons and makes you proud to be an American. They are in the process of building a camp for children to learn about aviation. Nice retired military folks are the docents. Also great IMAX movies for all to enjoy. and not far from Perdido Key beaches.

EggbertsMom
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"So much to see!"

This expanding and ever changing museum is very child friendly and has so much for everyone! My son was wearing a shirt with a plane on it, so a docent issued him special sticker 'wings' at the desk. We spent hours looking at old favorites and new exhibits, climbing in and out of cockpits, shopping, playing... whew!

While the museum is free, donations are accepted in the lobby. Imax or flight simulators for cost - from $5-$20/person. We've never found the need to use them.

There is a café on site for sandwiches and if you go between April-May, you might be able to catch the Blue Angels practicing just outside!! Free!! http://www.navy.com/about/navylife/onduty/blueangels/practice/

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Best free activity in town"

We have been to the Naval Air Station Museum so many times, we practically know it by heart. The museum contains many airplanes on the main floor, and many more suspended from the ceiling. There is an IMAX theater and motion simulator ride, but those do cost. My children really love to go to 2 areas. The first area is the WWII era village. They can go into a house or a grocery store and see what things were like and how different they were at that time. There other favorite area is the cockpit area. There are about 10 different airplane cockpits that children can sit in and pretend to fly. This makes for great photos!

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