National Soaring Museum

National Soaring Museum, Elmira: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, National Soaring Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

National Soaring Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Science Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Robin L
Adams, MA116 contributions
"No engine, No problem!"
Aug 2021
I am still trying to wrap my head around the idea of flying planes that do not have engines! Hang gliders are one thing, but this is really mind-blowing. There are lots of actual gliders and exhibits explaining how planes can actually stay aloft for so long.
Something I had never heard of was that in WW2 they used these types of planes to deliver men and equipment! They would load them up, tow them with a plane that had an engine, and then let them loose to glide to their destination. According to the exhibits, it was more cost-effective and worked better in many instances to use these.
There are also exhibits on the history of flying and how planes evolved. This was a very informative and interesting place!
Written August 15, 2021
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Wendy B
Danville, CA10 contributions
A great gem of a museum!
Aug 2021
This is a great gem. The museum is very well done with lots of cool exhibits. The museum is located at a glider air strip. It is also fun watching the planes and gliders take off and land. The view from up there is amazing. Traff and Don who run the museum are great. They are so welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend the National Soaring Museum!
Written August 8, 2021
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Karen P
Belmont, United States89 contributions
Soaring
Aug 2021
I found this museum inspiring. Don't miss the 10 minute video. As you walk around you can feel yourself soaring through the sky and thinking about what could be. It's a lovely stop. Maybe you will be tempted to take a flight yourself.
Written August 5, 2021
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NanaZooms
Mississippi7 contributions
Top notch. Impeccable, modern & fun.
Oct 2020 • Friends
We were blown away by the extensive collection and presentation of information. It is high quality. An upscale museum with modern decor. In addition to gliders, there are miniature dollhouses on display in a separate area. Something for everyone. The curator and his wife are so friendly, welcoming and their pride of ownership is apparent. A top notch experience. My only regret is our time table did not allow me to take a glider ride. Make time for this. You will not be disappointed
Written October 17, 2020
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Ralph D
Rochester, NY4 contributions
This is unique, a must stop for Soaring enthusiasts!
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is a unique collection for Soaring and aviation enthusiasts. It houses a special collection of gliders and sailplanes as well as being a memorable educational location.
Written September 21, 2020
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youthgoes
Lewisburg, PA51 contributions
National Soaring Museum
Feb 2020 • Friends
I had been wanting to check this museum out for awhile. Located on massive Harris Hill, above the international airport on the stretch of highway between Corning and Elmira, this museum has been in operation since the 1960s or 70s, I believe. Their main goal is the promotion of the history of motorless flight, which essentially means the history of gliders, as well as their development in Germany and the US, eventually centering on the Chemung Valley. A very interesting place, and about 2 dozen fully assembled glider planes in a large display area to enjoy. They also have a restoration center which is fully functional, and visitors are encouraged to witness the restorers at work. Of particular note is the Waco CG-4A, a heavy glider which is, to date, is the only model ever built and utilized by the US military in active combat, in this case during WW2 and aiding in the invasion of Sicily as well as D-Day. Around 14,000 were built, and this is the fuselage of one. They also have a great gift shop with plenty of merchandise items, and the staff are particularly kind, attentive, and accommodating, and know a lot about the local area for dinner or other attractions. In the summer months, they also operate glider tours for individuals, and take you up in one with a seasoned pilot. This is a local gem that doesn’t seem to get as much exposure as it should. Well worth a visit! 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸
Written March 1, 2020
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Carol F
Fremont, OH126 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2019
Lots of things to see in this small museum. They are interested in glicing mostly! Very nice artifacts and we enjoyed the tour. The museum is a bit out of the way, but if you like aeronautics it's worth the trip. the store had lots of nice things and was fun to shop in.
Written February 5, 2020
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Thanks so much for visiting!
Written February 6, 2020
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Scott P
Fairport, NY10 contributions
A day at the National Soaring Museum.
Nov 2019
I spent a day exploring an exciting soaring aircraft from many time periods and a wide range of new models including some amazingly detailed additional dollhouses. My tour also revealed some incredibly detailed and beautiful original artwork by noted aviation artist Ted Williams.
Written December 1, 2019
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Thanks so much for visiting our museum, and thank you for posting on Trip Advisor! We are so glad you liked the museum.
Written January 17, 2020
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RogSEEngland
S E England18 contributions
Great Informative Displays
Oct 2019
Enjoyed a good tour arround the Museum while passing time before Glider flights.Very good artefacts and lots of airframes to view.Very informative display boards etc.Really enjoyed.
Written November 6, 2019
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We're happy you liked the museum. Hope the glider ride was fabulous!
Written January 17, 2020
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Curran S
Naples, FL1 contribution
Into the archives
Oct 2019 • Solo
The museum not only has a wonderful collection of historic gliders & sailplanes that tell the history of manned flight, but also an extensive archive of printed & photographic documentation to complement the exhibits.
Written October 8, 2019
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Thanks, Tom!
Written January 17, 2020
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