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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande (City for Gps), Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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Airfest Weekend

Had a great day at the annual Labor Day weekend Airfest at the Aviation Museum. Took the... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2015
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
Too good to miss

a little gem of a museum in an old hanger of the former wildwood naval air station,a major air... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2015
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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 (City for Gps), Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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Reviewed September 6, 2015

Had a great day at the annual Labor Day weekend Airfest at the Aviation Museum. Took the walk-through tour of the World War Two bombers and saw a number of vintage military aircraft. There were vendors, children's exhibits and music. Well informed volunteers were on...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2015

a little gem of a museum in an old hanger of the former wildwood naval air station,a major air training base during ww 2. Flying relics from previous air campaigns, some cool armament from the planes, ww 2 , Korea and Vietnam era nifty communication...More

Thank Douglas F
Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

As luck would have it, we happened upon this museum by chance on an outing with our 6 year old grandson. He is a big model/Lego builder and loves all kinds of aircraft. What a find! The Naval Air Station Museum is a large hangar...More

Thank Bobbie B
Reviewed September 2, 2015

If your an enthusiast of aviation then this is the place for you. Many planes, helicopters and various avionic items to peruse.

Thank bigkahuana
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Incredible aviation must visit if you are in the Cape May area. Lots of things to see, and if you have kids they can get in to a few of the aircraft and see what it was like to be a pilot.

Thank S93jeep
Reviewed September 1, 2015

What a wonderful surprise! We bumped into this attraction and was happy that we did. We spent a few hours looking at all the different planes...it was very informative and would recommend it. We actually did this on a "nice" day and gave up a...More

Thank HawaiiFvr
Reviewed August 29, 2015

The museum is a nice break from the beach and has a fairly extensive and interesting collection. Plus, it's great for little children (and fun loving adults) as you can get inside many of the planes and helicopters and truly understand the military experience. Many...More

Thank MaryMcG_11
Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed this exhibit. There were planes WWII, Russian planes, helicopters, coast Guard rescue boat. Section about of Rosie the Riviter's and the history Cape May and what Cape May's roll was in the war. The hanger was used for training. I really enjoyed...More

1  Thank Toni M
Reviewed August 19, 2015

We spent 3 hours exploring all the museum had to offer. There were navy, army & coast guard vehicles, planes & helicopters on display. Several little history videos described what is was like on this shore area during the World War II. An exhibit was...More

1  Thank Seajay p
Reviewed August 18, 2015

All I can say is WOW! We brought our 8 year old grandson with us. He was amazed at all the 50's equipment and how it was worked. There is a simulator and you can imagine you are flying a jet. A great family outting.

2  Thank Maureen M
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Is it handicap accessible?
August 13, 2016|
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Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Yes it is!
Mary Ann B
What is the cost for children 6 to 10? Are there any discount coupons? What is cost for adults and Senior citizens?
June 16, 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
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.
Where is located ? Hours of operation? Open all year round ?
February 22, 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Hours Of Operation April 1st thru Columbus Day Open Daily 9 AM to 5 PM Columbus Day thru November 30th Open Daily 9 AM to 4 PM December 1st thru March 31st Monday – Friday 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday – Sunday Closed Please... More