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National Soaring Museum

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Address: 51 Soaring Hill Dr., Elmira, NY 14870
Phone Number: 607-734-3128
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes...

The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.

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Went soaring and visited the Museum which in on same site.

Outstanding history of Gliders and Soaring. Actual Gliders in the museum. GIves you an insight in the history of the sport and complements the actual Soaring experience when you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
David C
Brewerton, New York
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Brewerton, New York
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Outstanding history of Gliders and Soaring. Actual Gliders in the museum. GIves you an insight in the history of the sport and complements the actual Soaring experience when you go up in the Glider.

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Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The location of this place is really pretty, and to actually go on a glider ride would be awesome, but I didn't do that. I just went through this very small "museum" that was overpriced for all the more it had to offer. I wouldn't do it again. I would however, recommend going to the location to either watch the... More 

Thank Britt P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a unique attraction. It would help to have a prior interest in sailplanes, but the information is presented in such a way that a novice could be hooked as well (connections to history and science). For those with young children, there are a couple gliders to climb into, and lots to look at. Then they can go outside... More 

Thank BEM124
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We brought our two children to visit the museum. While there one of the employees took it upon herself to yell at my children, which I found completely unprofessional or appropriate. When I approached her about it, she proceeded to be incredibly rude saying that she "had heard them making noise the entire time they were here." Instead of being... More 

Thank Caitscheer
Painted Post, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Every year they have a free day. The museum itself is quite small. There are quite a few exhibits, though, most geared at the teen level or higher.

Thank Seven_Ws
Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I came to Harris Hill for a ride in a sailplane that my son bought for me over three years ago. I had to wait until I was retired to take the ride during the middle of the week. The ride also gave me a complimentary admission to the National Soaring Museum which I would have paid to see regardless.... More 

Thank A J L
Washington, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a really neat smaller museum that details the history of gliders & soaring. Our 12 year old nephew seemed to really like it.

Thank Margaret S
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

As a glider pilot, I found the museum fascinating. My wife, not a glider pilot, found it equally so. Beautiful place.

Thank AboveEarth
Corning, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very interesting displays and the opportunity to take a glider flight. A special place in a most scenic location.

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Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great time all around! BURKE was my pilot in a ASK - 21 sail plane. Staff friendly, with flight purchase museum is free to wander while waiting for your flight. The experience is similar to feeling a hawk circling or for that matter a eagle! BURKE explained the 3 instruments panel, was considerate to inquire if I wanted to vent... More 

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