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Naval History Center

315 W. Pioneer Way, Simard Hall, Bldg. 12,, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Oak Harbor
Type: Military Museums
Most recent review
- Jun 22, 2014
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English first
Oak Harbor, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Easy to get to now. No more having to drive thru the gate to get on base! It is in the middle of downtown on Pioneer Way. Great gift store. Wonderful artifacts from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and War on Terror. And of course the focus and emphasis on the Patrol Bomber PBY Catalina. Bring the kids. It is a partial... More

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Garland, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We went here at invitation of a family friend - very out of the way and a total Pain to get to. Although it's a public museum, the entrance requires you to go through a Naval security gate and not very easily. This could so easily be solved by changing the entrance to Pioneer Blvd and closing off the section... More

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Englewood
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

You can't get there from here! The powers that be in their infinite wisdom have closed the seaplane base to the general public. You must go over to the main gate and just before you enter on the right you will see the office of base security. You can get a temporary permit at that office providing you have your... More

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madison, wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Went to see the museum but was told at the gate I wasn't allowed to enter because only active duty military were allowed through into the base. This was the gate at the end of pioneer. The guard said I was the third person that week that he had turned away and he didn't know where people were getting information... More

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Bethesda Maryland
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122 reviews 122 reviews
41 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Did you ever look at a cabinet of WWII memorabilia and then talk to the guy who brought it back? Did you ever sit in the Pilot's seat of a PBY Catalina and imagine what it was like to search for enemy ships? Did you ever sit a flight simulator and try to land a fighter? You can do all... More

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Langley
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Small museum located on Sea Plane base at end of Pioneer Way through downtown Oak Harbor. Has actual PBY aircraft - interior is open to visitors during summer months. Museum exhibits in Simard Hall are well presented and cover WWII through Afganistan. Great family stop. Can cover everything in 2-3 hours. No admission charge. You need dirvers license, auto registration... More

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Whidbey Island
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is a nice little museum. There is a lot of History packed in this building. I was looking for a place to donate my father's collection of Military books and magazines. I called different place and they were not interested. Someone suggested that I contact the Museum at NAS Whidbey. I told the man on the phone that my... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

If you're looking for a great place to visit on Whidbey Island when it's cold out, and especially if you like history, then this museum is a 'must.' It's a little hard to find, and be prepared to show your driver's license and registration to get on the naval base--but it's worth it. Our guide, Will, took us on a... More

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