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Prairie Aviation Museum

2929 East Empire St, Bloomington, IL
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Bloomington, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I take this as a field trip with my K kids when studying transportation. It is a hidden gem in Bloomington and the volunteers do an AWESOME program with the children. The kids love seeing the planes up close and enjoy the museum there too. They have programs available throughout the year.

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My grandson's 5th birthday party was here. The volunteer staff did a wonderful job with the tour for the children - they got to sit inside the planes on display, etc. They also provided a video viewing, tables and seating for birthday cake and present openings.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I picked up a flyer for the Prairie Aviation Museum so I decided to give it a look. There is a small building and a collection of several military aircraft outside. I skipped the building and looked at the aircraft from outside the fence. Most, if not all, have stairs to permit inspection of the cockpit. Representatives of the Air... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a very awesome place right here in Central Illinois! With History of past Aviation men and women of Illinois.

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Alsip, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The museum was smaller than the pictures make it look, but it was enjoyable to walk up to all the planes and look into the cockpits. The information inside the museum was more late-20th century based.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The old planes are the coolest! They actually used those in the wars. The displays inside are very informative. Prices are a good value.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband loves aviation and while visiting Bloomington, saw this place in passing. We went the following day. My husband loved it. The two gentlemen in there were very knowledgable and helpful...you could tell they love talking about aviation! We were on a time crunch so we went through it pretty quickly, so my husband would have plently of time... More

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East Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The P.A.M. is located on the east side of Bloomington, near the city's airport, off Route 9 of Veterans Parkway. In photos , glass cases, WW11, Korea, the Tuskegge Airmen & the history of aviation is told. One wall has all the Illiois astronaut's photos, with a bigraphy of each. A small Robert Auth gallery of paintings of the mid-20's... More

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Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Prairie Aviation Museum has a great 'small' feel to it, with super volunteers who will share all they can on aviation with you during your visit. Very well kept outside airpark allows you to TOUCH the aircraft and experience the joy of flight through them. This museum even has an F-14 Tomcat!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

When I was a kid i was really into planes and i want my kids to be as well.... I was in town for state farm and my kids had come with me... I brought them to the museum thinking it would be amazing, but I had higher expectations.... they only had 3 or 4 actual planes.

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