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Hiller Aviation Museum

Address: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone Number: 650-654-0200
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have lived in the bay area my whole life and only when I moved away did I see this museum for the first time with my 6 year old son. It was pretty cool, showing a number of different planes, helicopters and engines. You can also sit in the cockpit of a passenger plane, (you dont realize how tight... More 

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Lougheed, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

It was a windy day, so we were looking for some inside-activity. The museum is small but filled with many interesting things. Old planes, helicopters and weird flight machines from the first days of aviation. You get an impression how brave and innovating these pioneers were. Lots of them died young living their dreams. Outside is the "nose" of a... More 

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San Mateo, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

If you are in the mid Peninsula with the family and have a few hours, this is a fun and educational way to pass the time. There are entry of interactive exhibits to keep the young ones engaged and learning and loads of interesting aircraft of historical significance along with their stories for the adults. Our children have liked it... More 

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San Carlos, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We've visited Hiller numerous times with our airplane-obsessed young kids (5 and 10). It wasn't until we wandered the museum with a guide that we really understood the amazing impact the Bay Area had on early aviation. Our guide was a retired USAF Brigadier General and his knowledge of this field was awe-inspiring. If you have a chance, sign up... More 

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Austin, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a small museum but we spent most of the day there. It's full of real planes as well as replicas. Docents are former pilots, air force guys, etc., and they are more than happy to tell you all about the various planes. You can get in some simulators, and in the cockpit of a 747. It is advertised... More 

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Washougal, WA United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was very pleased to find this jewel of a museum on aviation history. While many of the aircraft on display are replicas and models, there are many unique actual examples of aviation history. The B747 is a former BOAC and Flying Tigers aircraft and the cockpit is accessible with a tour guide answering questions as you sit at the... More 

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San Mateo
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109 reviews 109 reviews
8 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

this is a small museum. It has some interesting old Army planes. Wish they had more simulators and fun stuff for kids. Although it is a kid friendly place, it might be a good idea for the museum to provide simple handouts in the form of coloring books highlighting the museum pieces. Overall a nice place to spend a couple... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Having been to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Hiller is a much smaller museum but my kids liked the simulators a lot. I thought Hiller had a lot more unique and innovative aircraft displays.

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San Mateo, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Hiller has a wonderful collection of helicopters, planes, including some of the earliest gliders and planes as well as some cool simulation cockpits. There are countless photographs chronicling the history of aviation as well. Much of curation includes information about the technology of aviation. Hiller is located next to the San Carlos airport, making it a fun place to watch... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Hiller Aviation Museum is unique in that also on display are the very early experimental US Army single passenger machines such as the flying platform, the tiny single passenger helicopter, and a few others. There are early twin rotor Hiller helicopters, and flying machines that the average person never knew existed. The airplane collection is also unique...machines never seen... More 

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