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College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740
301 864 6029
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in College Park
Type: Specialty Museums
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- Aug 31, 2014
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Columbia, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I visited with my husband and toddler in August 2014. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a model train exhibition ongoing while we visited. The size of the museum made for a relatively easy visit for a toddler. There were several planes inside, as well as an area for interactive simulations and crafts for kids (though several... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

They have a free Scavenger Hunt if you ask at the desk. When the kids complete it they get a prize. It really helped us see the museum and encourage my son to focus on the most important facts. We will go back again.

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Port Hope, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Other reviewers have shared extensive comments on what this charming museum offers so duplication of their contributions is not required. This is my third visit over a period of about 15 years and I continue to be struck by the pleasant human scale of this museum and its focus on programs for children and the exhibition of a collection, both... More

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Lusby
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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Went here this past weekend. My niece had a blast here playng with all the exhibits that they have for children. There are quite a few of them. The 3 of us adults all thought the museum was well done and enlightening for older folk as well. Not a huge museum, but just about the right size for spending a... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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347 reviews 347 reviews
140 attraction reviews
892 helpful votes 892 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This was part of my Plan B itinerary since the Washington, DC national park sites were closed due to the Government Shutdown forced by Congress. This stop was one of the highlights of my trip. Driving into the entrance, I was fascinated to see that the College Park Airport was adjacent to the museum. I stopped there first to have... More

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McKinney, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Wow, the history is amazing. It's the world's oldest continuously operating airport and in 1911, it was the first Army Aviation school. The first U.S. Postal Air Mail service originated here in 1918. I'll let you read the other reviews if you'd like a listing of aircraft. It's small but very well done, to be expected as a Smithsonian Affiliate.... More

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East Syracuse, New York
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231 reviews 231 reviews
126 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Most of the museum's collection of a/c are early biplanes, up to the mid 30's. The first exhibit will be a replica of the Wright Brothers workshop, followed with the museum's a/c. I counted a total of eleven aircraft. This number should not keep a visitor away. The aircraft are: 1910 Wright Model 'B'. Curtiss Model D Pusher. 1912 Bleriot... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Who knew? What a fantastic little museum! I did not know, for example, that the College Park Airport has been in operation since 1909 and that the Wright Brothers were there. Awesome. The museum building is nice and right next to the airport, for a view of anything that might be going on with small planes there. The craft in... More

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Reston, Virginia USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

With the big national museums so close, we never expected this little gem in College Park. The docents are all very knowledgeable and many have military flying history to color their stories. There is easy parking, so bringing the minivan filled with young ones is car seats is very doable. Several displays are geared to young ones, and all ages... More

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Hanover, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The museum and family oriented and appropriate for very young to elderly. It is easy to get too and a lot less stressful than going to Air and Space in DC

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