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College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740
301 864 6029
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Type: Specialty Museums
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- Jan 21, 2014
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English first
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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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101 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

For the price ($4 adults and $2 children), this is a good attraction with free parking. It gives an insight into the early days of American aviation and the interactive exhibits are good for children

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DC Region
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The CPAA doesn't attempt to match what is available at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall and the Udvar-Hazy museum near Dulles Airport. However, as many have pointed out , it is a great hands-on musueum, great for kids and in many respects, probably more fun for children(especially younger ones) than the two larger museums mentioned,... More

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washington, d.c.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a small museum but it is a great size for a preschool or elementary aged kid trip to learn about and see small planes.

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