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National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

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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. Using our international travel planner, Pensacola attractions like National Naval Aviation Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After applying 3 weeks ago for a security permit to go on a tour, this museum cancelled the entire tour giving NO explanation! I have waited YEARS to go there and just wasted 3 nights’s stay in... 
    After applying 3 weeks ago for a security permit to go on a tour, this museum cancelled the entire tour giving NO explanation! I have waited YEARS to go there and just wasted 3 nights’s stay in...  more »
  • We stopped here while driving home from a vacation, what a gem! My son is starting an aviation program in college in the fall so it was a perfect fit. Due to time constraints, we could only stay a... 
    We stopped here while driving home from a vacation, what a gem! My son is starting an aviation program in college in the fall so it was a perfect fit. Due to time constraints, we could only stay a...  more »
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  • Just so beautiful and inspirational. Amazingly detailed both up and downstairs. Incredibly knowledgeable staff of prior and current service. It’s like walking through 3D, live-motion Naval history research. So unbelievably modernized for a museum. No wait whatsoever. Not crowded. Free. Sharp images on screens, clean both in and outside (including restrooms), and just overall an amazing experience.
  • Yes a definite WOW! We are a military family and looked forward to our visit and it went way above and beyond our expectations. Be prepared to spend the day! The kids loved loved loved it! The cafe is available, the movie theater, and also the gift store. The store had a great variety of items - shirts, hats, toys, gift items, and novelty items. The displays were amazing. Do note some features have a cost but the entry was free with a donation option at the Blue Angels. We watched the “Blue Angels” and then then the pilots came for an Autograph session at the Museum. It was a fabulous day. We will definitely be back.

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