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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 9 Attractions in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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San Mateo
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96 reviews 96 reviews
7 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Hayward, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I loved the guided tour it was very informative. I like the interactive aspects, such as the simulator, I like the walk in planes where you can walk in and sit in the pilots seat. All in all everyone should go to the museum

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Irving, Texas, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My wife and I stopped by while wanting for the helicopter ride down the street. This place has a lot of things to see and take your turn flying a 747.

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San Francisco, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Even if you are not into planes, this museum is still really interesting to understand the history of flight and much with a Bay Area emphasis. We go often for their events and lectures. It is great for small kids, teens and also adults on their own. Their camp programs are great too. Now, every Wed they host food trucks... More

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Daly City, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Good exhibits, some hands-on stuff, lots of aviation history. Engines, photos, planes, oh my! My husband, a friend and I went and would recommend it for anyone who's even peripherally interested in aviation. Nice for both kids and adults.

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Palo Alto
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Fun stop for aviation enthusiasts. If you have a couple of young kids who can't get enough of "things that go," it's a great spot for a visit. Fun gift shop.

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Northern California
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206 reviews 206 reviews
54 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Hiller Aviation Museum is a wonderful, interactive museum that offers exhibits and displays that will appeal to all ages. We spent hours here and learned so much about aviation. Parents and children both enjoyed the simulators and found the helicopters and airplane displays fun and interesting. The old posters from TWA, UNITED and PAN AM were beautifully preserved. Lots of... More

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