National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum
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Experience the magic of flight at the National Naval Aviation Museum! See over 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Ride the flight simulators or catch all the drama and power of amazing IMAX films. Dine in the authentic Cubi Bar Cafe and take home the spirit of Naval Aviation with a unique memento from the Flight Deck Store. Spend a cool day inside the Museum and experience Hands-on-History! New Naval Air Station Entrance: All visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway.
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Kitman
Oxnard, CA719 contributions
Solo
Simply put, what a great aviation museum! First, this place is located within the grounds of the naval air station. So you'll need to be either active duty military, retired military, or a DOD employee. Alternatively, you can get on the base under the escort of one of the preceding.

So they really pack a lot into the space they have. Currently, there are two large buildings with aircraft and aviation history all over the place. There are things from the very beginnings through the space age, friends and foe, and from the navy and beyond. It was raining the day I visited so I don't know if there is an outside display area, but inside, there are planes everywhere.

Entry is free and there are numerous volunteer workers that are more than happy to give you narrative on items throughout the museum. There are also various aviation movie showings throughout the day...for a small fee.

I only spent 3 hrs there on the day of my visit because it was closing time. If you like reading the notes & letters by displays like I do, you could easily spend a full day here. There's a small cafe inside as well as a nice gift shop. There are some simulator rides you can go on too...again, for a small fee.

If you can get onto the base, you can't go wrong with spending a day here.
Written July 14, 2021
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD397 contributions
Excellent museum. Captures over 100 years of naval aviation history. Easily can spend two days here, as there is too much to see in one day. You can even witness the Blue Angels flying on their practice days when in residence (a don’t miss exciting altogether excellent show). There is a sit-down cafe on site for lunch (note very crowded on Blue Angle days) plus a movie theater. The museum volunteers offer three tours a days. Nominally an hour long, but our guide was still going strong at 90 minutes. We loved it. However, as noted by other writers, access is limited to current Department of Defense ID card holders (active duty service members, retirees, and their families) and Veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card due to being on an active military base. However, one of the guides announced that the base was going to reopen on a limited basis to the general public soon. Check the official website for details.
Written June 9, 2022
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Kare2Bme
New Cumberland, PA257 contributions
You must now have a Military ID or be accompanied by someone who has one to enter the NAS (Naval Air Station) the past several months. The main museum is free admission; but there are extras you may want to see and experience such as the 3D MOVIES and simulated rides on the 2nd floor. There are free guided tours if you arrive before 3 pm. A self-guided tour is always available with clearly marked exhibits, planes you can see and climb aboard. Perfect for pictures! The museum store has many items to purchase from clothing, airplanes, and large variety of souvenirs at various prices. Enjoy a drink or lunch at the Cubie Cafe (which includes some original parts of a real cafe. There are 2 buildings full of airplanes, models of aircraft carriers, videos throughout. Time spans hundreds of years and many planes are one of a kind. There’s even a kid’s corner where they can get “some energy used”. It’s a place you will need several visits to see and appreciate all there is!
Written March 5, 2020
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Melody B
Hartville, OH26 contributions
Please before you drive over an hour to get there, you cannot visit this museum or enter the base unless you have a valid Military ID. We were unaware of this. This was part of the reason we decided to visit the panhandle and we were pretty disappointed. The person at the gate said this has been in place since 2019.
Written June 13, 2021
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Susan N
Lewes, DE5 contributions
The museum contains an amazing array of aircraft, uniforms and historic artifacts and memorabilia to tell the story of naval aviation from WWI through today. QR codes offer access to even more information. Bravo Zulu.
Written March 31, 2022
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treeface
Ambler, PA407 contributions
There are more than 150 restored historic aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. One caveat is that unless you are active duty, reserve or retired military with a DOD ID card, or you are accompanied by someone who is, you won't be able to visit it since it is on the NAS Pensacola base. Four A-4 Skyhawks are suspended from the ceiling in formation in the Blue Angels Atrium. There is also a replica of a World War II aircraft carrier island and flight deck. Hangar Bay One has 35 more aircraft from the post-WWII era, along with the presidential helicopter Marine One and a Apollo 17 lunar module space exhibit. Admission is free.
Written April 26, 2022
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KAZW87
Port Washington, WI70 contributions
Couples
Due to current restrictions, this facility is only open to people who have a pass who can then bring a small group of people with them. Fortunately our friends had a friend (retired navy military) and we were able to visit on a cold February day. IDs were checked for everyone and the usual Covid questions and temp also done.
Their friend was a wonderful source of information as he guided us around.. He clearly loves this place and it made our visit so much more enjoyable! We enjoyed all the displays which are well marked with a bit of information. We also saw the show "Magic of Flight" which was very interesting. We spent 4 1/2 hours there.
Written February 19, 2021
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Neil C
Pensacola, FL3 contributions
Friends
You can spend days here and not see everything. On certain days you can explore the museum and then watch the Blue Angels perform in practice flights overhead. Three large buildings full of Naval History, a nice, inexpensive restaurant inside and the best part, entry is free. Watch great presentations in the IMAX theatre and ride in realistic flight simulators on the second floor. Enjoy a tour, guided by retired Naval Aviators. Great for both adults and kids!
Written March 2, 2021
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tasha c
Houston, TX2 contributions
Solo
Since my hotel was on Pensacola Beach and 3-mile bridge was out it took an hour and 45 minutes to arrive at NAS Pensacola. I saw the information about the museum in the Pensacola Visitors Guide, and thought it would be great to go see the Blue Angels planes and all; and, I drove to the airbase only to be asked to leave. The museum has been closed to the public since 2019. The visit Pensacola guidebook has not been updated since before the closure.
Written March 11, 2021
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sirbarry
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Closed to the general public, the very general public that pay taxes to support the very place they are not allowed to visit. No signs saying closed to the public. Very quick to ask for support and money, but if you are an American Citizen and veteran, you are welcome here.
Written June 27, 2022
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