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Hiller Aviation Museum

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Address: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone Number: 650-654-0200
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lots of interesting material for those who love planes

The Hiller museum has done a great job of assembling planes from many eras and telling the story of aviation. Before we went, I thought it might be sort of hokey but it turned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The Hiller museum has done a great job of assembling planes from many eras and telling the story of aviation. Before we went, I thought it might be sort of hokey but it turned out to be very interesting and well done. A good way to spend a couple of hours!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I went today with my children and I was really disappointed. For the price of it I was expecting a larger and more interactive exposition. The place is dusty and it only has a couple of computer games open to public (ok you get to sit on an old helicopter to play one of those, but still it is just... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Very informative and unusual information, worth the visit. The store has very unique gifts and presents. The staff is very helpful. Very close to the San Carlos airport and to the airport restaurant.

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Sacramento
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Lots of open areas for kids to enjoy, great displays. Friendly staff. Very nice store area attach, with lots of interesting items to see and/ or buy.

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Redwood City, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are some great exhibits and a lot to be learned from the displays and exhibits here. I was impressed with the depth of background on the local history of aviation.

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Torrance, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This museum was great for a family or just anyone. The paid museum staff were Not helpful and were inconsiderate. We found the volunteers cared more about the guest experience than the paid employees. Be aware the museum closes at a particular time but the paid staff start closing exhibits before the museum is closed. Asking nicely if they could... More 

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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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