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Hiller Aviation Museum

601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070
650-654-0200
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Palo Alto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
48 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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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Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Enjoyed this museum very much. Lots of different aircraft to look at, some hands on and walk through made it even better! Fun gift shop with items those aviation related items, both of historical interest and fun toys that can't be found at the nearby mall. Wonderful staff, many who got to experience the earlier days of flying. My father... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We go here a couple times a year. Really well-displayed exhibits that are interesting for young and old alike. Some simulators you can "fly" yourself. An actual jet (part of it) you can go in and pretend you're a pilot. Should see if you're in San Carlos.

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Northwest, US
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Overall, when you are all set and done with this visit, you will be glad you came and will be surprised by what you will see and learn. We enjoyed the history of helicopters, quirky small planes (and several big ones) and even automobiles (a very fine collection of Messerchmitt KR200) and the cockpit /front of the 747 you can... More

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Redwood City, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a very interesting small museum for those who appreciate aviation. One complaint , they are not too children friendly. In fact depending on when you go, I guess, they are not always that welcoming. We have been there for receptions and it was very nice, so I think it depends on when you go, and what the occasion... More

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Lakeway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Who would expect to find an interesting museum in San Carlos? Only an aviation buff, I'm sure, whoul recognize the Hiller name as a ioneer in helicopters. Dad was a barnstormer, and young Hiller flew his first home-built 'copter at 18. Eventually selling his business to the government during WWII. Museum houses many craft from the earliest days of aviation... More

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

If you like aviation...you'll like this small museum, bordering on the 101 freeway in San Carlos, CA. and the San Carlos small plane airport

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

It's a small airplane museum but well worth a visit. You can get in and out in 1 hour. I liked the Boeing 747 cabin (mostly because it is ancient by today's standards yet much more interesting than current glass cockpits) and the unique Boeing Condor robot spy aircraft (only two exist and only one is available to the public... More

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Redwood City, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Hiller is a boutique museum I'd compared to other aviation museums. But, the rotating exhibits as well as the standard exhibits are always worth viewing. It is family friendly and well worth a visit. This is also a great venue for a special event.

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