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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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It's a nice collection of WWII era history.

An old hangar turned into in a collection of artifacts about the airbase and the surrounding area... read more

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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We visited the NASW Aviation Museum 10 days ago while staying in Cape May, on the recommendation of... read more

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Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places in September of 1997. Naval Air station (NAS) Wildwood was commissioned on April 1, 1943. The site served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility from 1943 to 1945. Aircraft stationed at NAS Wildwood included TBM Avengers, Douglas Dauntlesses, Vought Corsairs and Curtiss Helldivers. Forty-two airmen perished while training at NAS Wildwood during World War II. In June 1997, NASW Foundation purchased Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The 92,000 square-foot all-wooden structure was in a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. Under the stewardship of NASW Foundation, the hangar was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places at the National Significance Level. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop. In its role as a community resource, NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum regularly hosts activities including fly-ins, aviation festivals, big band concerts, swing dances, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, school field trips and senior tours.
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500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
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Reviewed today

An old hangar turned into in a collection of artifacts about the airbase and the surrounding area. Being an aircraft nut I enjoyed it but it left a lot to be desired.

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the NASW Aviation Museum 10 days ago while staying in Cape May, on the recommendation of our motel's front desk. How fortunate to have the founder and chairman, Dr. Joseph Salvatore, give us special insight into some of the exhibits! This was a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting museum featuring NJ based military air craft and Coast Guard boats/helicopter. Volunteers on site to answer questions.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

outstanding destination for young children as well as adults. definitely a must when the weather is poor and the kids are climbing the walls.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many exhibits of interest to kids. Spaciously displayed in an historically significant hanger. One might see ongoing restoration and maintenance. Supporting cultural exhibits are rotated. Collection grows as benefactors continue to donate holdings. Admission is reasonable. historical notes are plentiful, clear and easy to access....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The selection of military aircraft and the history of each was excellent. The atmosphere of the museum brings one back to the time when the current airport was a naval air station.

Thank Gene H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hangar itself is old and clearly being restored. The planes it houses are varied in age and era. It's an excellent place to walk with children, and there are even some planes - and a Coast Guard helicopter and boat! - that the children...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A rainy day in Cape May so we needed to find something to do. What a great find! As my husband and I are both military veterans we find this facility so interesting and we learned so much about the air training that took place...More

Thank Eileen R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss this place, very informative and educational. We went with the membership, great value. You will not be disappointed. The education and experience is invaluable here so much to take in, bring a camera, sit in a huey, have fun! We did

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It took a cloudy day for us to discover this hidden treasure. An entire hanger at the Cape May Airport has been transformed into a museum celebrating a naval air station that operated here duringWorld War 2. There are several audiovisual exhibits but the real...More

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Mitali V
April 28, 2018|
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Yes, friendly, leashed pets are permitted at the Aviation Museum. Thank you for asking!
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August 13, 2016|
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June 16, 2016|
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Admission Fees Adults: $12.00 Children: 3 thru 12 $10.00 Children under 3: FREE! Active Duty Military w/ ID: FREE! *Military dependents must pay regular admission. Free Parking.
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