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Empire State Aeroscineces Museum

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Exnortherner wrote a review Nov 2019
Delray Beach, Florida657 contributions217 helpful votes
While visiting Schenectady, we toured the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. There were two buildings filled with airplane and flight history, from balloon flight to space flight. In addition, there is an outdoor exhibit of old planes from WWII, Korean War and Vietnam eras. Some even allowed visitors to sit in cockpit. Being a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era, I really loved sitting in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom. Brought back lots of memories. I can certainly recommend a visit for anyone with an interest in aviation.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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zxc12 wrote a review Oct 2019
New York53 contributions54 helpful votes
Yes, it kept those grandkids, ages 5 & 8, occupied for 2 hours. They enjoyed the buttons that would make planes go, and land a model plane. They were able to sit in an actual helicopter and various planes. There is so much information for both children and adults to see and read. The staff was wonderful with answering questions and explaining different items. I thought the admission fee was worth every penny---to watch the kids' enjoyment, to learn for myself, and to help keep the museum open.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Franman100 wrote a review Aug 2019
Melbourne, Florida33 contributions2 helpful votes
Very interesting had two retired airmen showed us around I don't know if they are full time guides. I do know they have a lot of volunteers. These two men were very interesting. One of those planes that they are restoring is a one of a kind it was a highly modified C130. There were several jets that you could actually sit in. Very cool for kids. Yes the hanger does need some TLC this is a nonprofit group and it looks like there focuses is on the planes and that is not a cheap task. We were interested enough to stay 2-1/2 hrs. There are military, senior and children discounted ticket. The most expensive ticked was $8 you can't go to the movies for that price.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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cooms2014 wrote a review Nov 2018
Albany, New York80 contributions54 helpful votes
We took our 4 small kids (ages 3,5,9,and 11) to see the airplanes because we had a pass we won in a fundraiser. I did not think we would be there long because the museum information looks older. However, my kids really loved the buttons, movable displays, and the big airplanes! The favorite was the little airplane that you could launch and land. I knew it was a little run down, but my kids didn't care. The staff was friendly and we enjoyed walking around. There is also a simulation ride you can pay for. My hubby and the three oldest rode it. They greatly enjoyed it. If we lived closer, we would definitely go again. Disclaimer: my kids like museums.....this is not a children's museum with toys.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Rogerl53 wrote a review Nov 2018
Guilderland, New York283 contributions83 helpful votes
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The Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, NY is an excellent place to visit. If you have been to the "big guys", such as the Smithsonian and the Museum of Flight in Seattle, you might be expecting a lot. However, the ESAM is nothing to "sneeze at" and well worth a visit. It is located adjacent to the Schenectady County Airport, on the grounds, you might say, and occupies several buildings. The main building is loaded with displays, both technical and historical, and you can learn all sorts of things about the history of flight and how airplanes work. However, what is really super-cool are the static displays where you can get up close and personal, so to speak, with the aircraft. In fact, many of them you can actually touch. This is a fine museum to anybody interested in airplane and flight, but it is probably most interesting to kids. Personally, I've been to a lot of aircraft museums, and this visit was still great fun and enjoyable.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from PatB2751, Front Office Manager at Empire State Aeroscineces Museum
Responded Nov 14, 2018
We are so glad you enjoyed yourself! thank you for the wonderful review! You will have to come back when we have our 1/2 scale replica of a Concorde in front of the Museum and are finished repairing the YMC -130H which we just received in July of this year. This is the only one of 3 aircraft left which was modified in 1980 to attempt a second rescue mission of the American hostages at the Embassy in Tehran, Iran. Operation Credible Sport was cancelled before the test program was completed after the hostages were released following successful negotiations during the Carter and Reagan administrations. Stay tuned!
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