Cradle of Aviation Museum

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City: Hours, Address, Cradle of Aviation Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cradle of Aviation Museum
4.5
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
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Int_Bus_Travel
West Hartford, CT729 contributions
Good not great
May 2021 • Family
Spent a rainy lunchtime here. Good on history of aviation and Long Island companies role in advancing design and manufacture of aircraft. They had some decent pain stakingly restored examples of historic airplanes. It was a good way to spend an hour or two.
Written May 30, 2021
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StevenRB
Mineola, NY44 contributions
What A Gem
Mar 2021 • Solo
Smithsonian quality museum on Long Island
You and your family must go.
The History of aviation is presented with wonderful exhibits that are inviting, informing and entertaining. I couldn't believe how many incredible aircraft they had on display, from the earliest models of The Wright Bros to an incredible exhibit of 2 actual lunar modules. The displays of WWI, WWII and commercial models and the 50 ' enlargement photo of A clipper landing on the harbor in Port Washington are some of the other highlights. Honestly, I could keep going on but in closing let me add that there are hands on exhibits for the kids. unfortunately, because of covid those were unavailable. Hopefully that will change soon
Lastly, the volunteer docents are extremely knowledgeable and will make the visit even more worthwhile. Try to connect with one when you go. Ed took me around. He was terrific.
Written March 20, 2021
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Judith S
Freeport, NY11 contributions
Wonderful museum for everyone
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a museum that adults and children can enjoy. The Planetarium shows are geared for different ages.
They have family nights with films and crafts. There is show much to do in this beautiful place.
Written February 8, 2020
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Bill R
1,650 contributions
Exceeded expectations! Numerous impressive exhibits.
Jan 2020 • Solo
Exceeded expectations. I decided to stop in on New Years Day, since I had stayed nearby and the museum was open. I was pleasantly surprised at how much they had in the relatively small place (compared with some other aviation museums I have been to). The exhibitions were very well done and it was impressive to see how involved Long Island has been in the history of aviation. It also happened that they had an exhibition of the Long Island Garden Railroad in the main lobby, which was pretty impressive. The museum has exhibitions, reproductions and restored aircraft ranging from the balloon days of the turn of the century through to space exploration. Admission was $16 for adults. They also have a theater, but I did not attend any showings during my visit. Parking was free. They have a cafe onsite but I did not try it, so can’t comment on the food.
Written January 2, 2020
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Stephanie
4 contributions
Incredible Collection, Kind and Knowledgeable Staff!!
Dec 2019 • Family
Prepare to spend all day here, especially if you want to catch all the blink-and-you'll-miss-them artefacts and details: a plaque that went to the moon and back on Apollo 11, the only remaining piece of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module, a life-size replica of Sputnik donated by the Soviet Union itself, and so much more. If you can, have a docent show you around the exhibit area - every one we encountered was passionate and knowledgeable, and shared many fun and interesting stories we would never have learned otherwise.

Each area of the exhibit has interactive and hands-on activities that would pique the interest of any child (or any adult interested in feeling how cramped an Apollo command module is!) but also more than enough historical detail to ensure anyone of any age would learn something new everywhere you turn. We are a family of four, all adults, and we spent all day reading everything we could, while several groups of children celebrating birthdays ran around in awe of the massive planes and even a real lunar module that was scheduled to be used in the Apollo 19 mission!

We entered this museum thinking it would be a small, quaint aviation museum, and were blown away by everything they have to offer. Don't miss it! You won't regret visiting.
Written December 21, 2019
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LifesShort99
New York City, NY244 contributions
Local Attraction
Dec 2019 • Friends
Great place to visit on a weekend. Alot of planes and local aviation history. Most original but some a replicas. Located on museum row. It would take about 4 hours to see everything and the short film in the planetarium.
Written December 8, 2019
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Estelle F
1 contribution
Good for very young children but that’s it
Nov 2019
It’s a charitable event. That being said it’s only good for very young children. Couples or teenagers will not find it worth the time
Written December 1, 2019
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G8083HYjims
East Meadow, NY4 contributions
Great Venue!
Oct 2019
I have been going to different events at the Cradle. I have been there for sit down dinners as well as cocktail parties. I love how versatile they can be when having a gala.
Written November 6, 2019
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KansasL2015
Wichita, KS93 contributions
Absolutely a great experience!
Nov 2019 • Solo
I truly enjoyed my experience at the museum. I had a day off while I was in town a decided to go. I was just walking around and a gentleman that worked there had stopped to chat and turned out he had made many of the exhibits there. His name was Matt and being it wasn’t very busy, he took me on a full tour and shared so much with me. I would highly recommend going.
Written November 4, 2019
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Sue R
Boonton, NJ497 contributions
Very interesting museum!
Aug 2019 • Couples
My husband and I went to this museum because he wanted to see a particular airplane, the Hellcat. I expected to be bored...I was NOT! It’s an excellent, interesting, and quite big museum with photos, airplanes, videos from many different eras, including a large display with a real lunar landing module, plus a lot of interactive things for kids and adults, including flight simulators. Some of the interactive equipment is planned for renovations and updates. Susan Raizer, one of the docents, was extremely friendly, helpful, and informative and a pleasure to talk to, and the folks at the entry were also very nice.

Coincidentally, there was a Peruvian festive right outside the museum, so we had a great lunch after the museum visit.

There is also a firefighting museum right next door, which is quite small and an extra charge, if you want to visit it.
Written September 7, 2019
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