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Address: 51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
Phone Number: 607-734-3128
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes...

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.

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Soaring Museum

If you're a pilot or flying enthusiast you'll love this place. Well laid out and enjoyable to walk around. Everyone was helpful and enjoyable to chat with! Watched a few gliders... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're a pilot or flying enthusiast you'll love this place. Well laid out and enjoyable to walk around. Everyone was helpful and enjoyable to chat with! Watched a few gliders take off as well.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Learned about gliders. Saw gliders actually going up in the air and flying around. Kids really enjoyed it.

Thank Johannaesk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Anyone who knows planes, the history of flight, collectors of plane memorabilia knows the National Soaring Museum. It is only on of two U.S. museums focused on motorless flight and Elmira, NY is regarded as the "Soaring Capital of America," in part because of soaring's central role for over 80 years in the social and economic history of the region,... More 

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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Better than we imagined, much to see&learn. Several vintage gliders.We learned much about the sport/hobby.I would have liked a ride, but weather was bad.It was worth a stop.

Thank cecustard
Brewerton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Outstanding history of Gliders and Soaring. Actual Gliders in the museum. GIves you an insight in the history of the sport and complements the actual Soaring experience when you go up in the Glider.

Thank David C
Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The location of this place is really pretty, and to actually go on a glider ride would be awesome, but I didn't do that. I just went through this very small "museum" that was overpriced for all the more it had to offer. I wouldn't do it again. I would however, recommend going to the location to either watch the... More 

Thank Britt P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a unique attraction. It would help to have a prior interest in sailplanes, but the information is presented in such a way that a novice could be hooked as well (connections to history and science). For those with young children, there are a couple gliders to climb into, and lots to look at. Then they can go outside... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

We brought our two children to visit the museum. While there one of the employees took it upon herself to yell at my children, which I found completely unprofessional or appropriate. When I approached her about it, she proceeded to be incredibly rude saying that she "had heard them making noise the entire time they were here." Instead of being... More 

Thank Caitscheer
Painted Post, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Every year they have a free day. The museum itself is quite small. There are quite a few exhibits, though, most geared at the teen level or higher.

Thank Seven_Ws
Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I came to Harris Hill for a ride in a sailplane that my son bought for me over three years ago. I had to wait until I was retired to take the ride during the middle of the week. The ride also gave me a complimentary admission to the National Soaring Museum which I would have paid to see regardless.... More 

Thank Alain L

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