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National Soaring Museum

51 Soaring Hill Dr., Elmira, NY 14870
607-734-3128
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Elmira
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Elmira, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very nice museum with a collection of sailplanes and memorabilia. View is incredible from top of Harris Hill. Volunteers are friendly and knowledgable. Food provided by various vendors was good.

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Port Hope, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The National Soaring Museum atop Harris Hill just southwest of Elmira, NY has been on my bucket list for ages. Last Wednesday afternoon I finally got there. I was not disappointed. Though not one of the larger museums devoted to flight and flying machines, this is one well worth the effort to see, especially for anyone with more than a... More

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new york
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12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The museum is fun and worth the trip! It is located on top of Harris Hill Park, which is a Chemung County Park. The best part of the museum, is outside you can take (for a fee) glider rides! Watching the gliders soar off of the top of the hill is breathtaking! The view from Harris Hill of the valley... More

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Elmira, New York
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Harris Hill, outside of Elmira, that's where. And its small, but its impressive. Lear about the history of soaring, much of which was nade right here in Big Flats, NY. Great displays, interesting artifacts and photos. Great stop whether you live in the area or are passing through.

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Elmira, New York
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22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The place is really, really cool. Filled with all sorts of gliders. The kinds that only a few of us get to see-not your standard "Air Show"flying machines. The Staff are all really friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the time! Great place to learn the history on "Soaring!"

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17 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were on a group tour which stopped at the museum. Small with gliders and historical information. It would be a good spot for those interested in this type of history - otherwise do not go out of your way !

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Springfield, New Jersey
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This museum is a treasure trove of the history of gliders and early flight and what seems to be a possible future for flight. You need some time to read all of the descriptions at the displays. We were lucky enough to see one of the planes towing a glider and taking off. The location is very beautiful.

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Elmira, New York
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127 reviews 127 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were up at the Soaring Museum for a meeting, it was my first time ever being there and what a beautiful museum! Definitely a gem of our community and a must see if you like avionics of any kind!

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Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited the National Soaring Museum on our Finger Lakes vacation last week. It was quite an experience. See gliders from the early days of the Wright Brothers, to today! The best part of the visit, was to watch out the observatory windows and view the tow plane tow the glider up into the sky, release it, and watch the... More

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Corning, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The National Soaring Museum is a must stop for soaring/gliding enthusiasts. The museum has extensive displays of the history of glider flight. It's fun just to watch gliders taking off and landing in front of the museum. I've flown several times in the gliders and taken great pictures of the valley and hills because the flights are so smooth -... More

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