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“Great planes but little explanation” 2 of 5 stars
Review of March Field Air Museum

March Field Air Museum
P.O. Box 6463, March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, CA 92518
951 902-5949
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Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Great planes but little explanation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We visited this museum on a beautiful sunny day where the planes are displayed well. There is a plethora of planes from every era and, if you like to look at planes, this is your place. However, if you are looking for more, this might be a disappointment.
A.) In many cases, there was no explanation for what you were looking at. There were lots of pictures of Tuskegee Airmen with absolutely no explantation of who they were and why they were important to history. In another instance, there was a huge wooden diorama of the Burma Road but little information about what it was and why it was important.
B.) in other cases what information there was was so far away from where you had to stand that you couldn't read it. My eyes aren't good enough to read a typewritten page 5' away. There was a neat periscope set-up for WWI trench warfare for you to look through. But the movie you could see through the periscope was too far small to really see and the sound was so low that I couldn't hear it. Great idea but poor follow-through. In another instance, there are some pictures in a case with some information but not only was the type small but there was no light on it in a dark case.

Looking at planes is not enough. Looking at pictures is not enough, please tell me why this matters. Why is it so important that it is included in the museum.

They do have a marvelous computer simulation of two dog-fights with background narration in one and the actual participants speaking in the other. Best part of the museum.

I understand that they have a new curator and I hope that he improves this museum. It has the makings for a good museum but attention to detail and explanations about why everything in the museum matters are both lacking.

Visited February 2014
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Houston
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“History, Nostalgia, and American Air Power!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

You don't have to like planes to enjoy this museum, but if you like planes you will LOVE this museum! Take a walk through history in the museum then walk outside and enjoy a large display of aircraft from WWII through modern aircraft including the XR71. Have Fun!

Visited April 2013
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Corscombe, United Kingdom
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Coming from the UK and loving aircraft this was a visit not to be missed. The aircraft were incredible , great viewing and a real experience . Everybody helpful and obviously took a lot of pride in their work

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Visit & Enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We discovered this museum during our stay in Moreno Valley.
It's a wonderful exhibit & proved to be very interesting & educational.
The volunteers that helped us ( Michael, specifically ) were charming & full of great stories.
I'm looking forward to returning this spring!

Visited March 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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“For aircraft lovers of all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The March Field Air Museum is a gem in the desert. They have great displays of all kinds and types of aircraft up to and including F-14s and F-15s. They even have an SR-71 Black Bird. There are also a number of smaller separate displays in individual hangars for Tony Levier and the P-38, etc. The gift shop is fairly extensive with souvenirs to suit most all tastes and pocketbooks. For those interested in aircraft of yesterday and today, the March Field Air Museum is a must see attraction.

Visited November 2013
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