American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.
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Jack S
Charleston, SC191 contributions
Dec 2021
Whenever visiting PA, or the Old Country as members of our family call it, it's customary to visit one of the many little museums that dot the landscape throughout the Keystone State.
Grandpa chose the American Helicopter Museum because of its proximity to the QVC HQ and Studio (as if he were planning to sell a Wonder Mop or X-ray Sunglasses on TV)???
The ride was pretty uneventful, passing by brand new strip malls and condo converted rust belt factory buildings and old Trump 2020 signs.
The museum itself is definitely one of those volunteer supported passion projects.
Manned by veterans and "copter" enthusiasts, who didn't have a lot to work with in terms of space, but still managed to cram the converted airport hanger inside and out with interesting and imaginative exhibits, videos and of course, very very cool helicopters, several of which one can enter.
A terrific and friendly staff, all willing to share their vast knowledge with visitors.
A solid little gift shop, and enough stuff to keep everyone in the family engaged during their visit.
Absolutely a must see for anyone that wants to learn a lot or a little about "rotary-wing' history!
Written December 25, 2021
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Susan D
Philadelphia, PA19 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
We didn’t know what to expect when we decided to visit the museum. It was excellent! The displays were well done with a good mix of narrative, interactive exhibits, video and lots of opportunities go get inside the helicopters. There was at least one staff member on hand at all times to describe exhibits and answer questions. The staff really helped to engage younger visitors. There was also a small area for children to explore, play and read. Outstanding!
Written April 5, 2023
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Kathlene
4 contributions
Oct 2021
What a great experience. I learned of this museum through a group event. This event brought me to PA from the U.S.northeast corner and I am so glad it did.Not only did I learn a lot about helicopters, but also of the history of these amazing machines. On top of that, the special event was amazing - again learning - about a historic rescue and the men and women who performed this feat. It's so fascinating to put yourself in someone else's shoes at a time with no conveniences, and feel the hardship they endured, yet feel the true richness of helping others. Thank you for a great evening out of the ordinary. It truly is more than a museum!
Written October 21, 2021
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ARL2601
Arlington, VA224 contributions
May 2022
I applaud any all of these tiny specialty museums for being guardians of the flame as it were, but alas this one teeters on the line of feeling like an eagle scout project. The machines themselves are of course cool to see up close. But the mannequins are cheesy, the displays are dated, and in one instance incorrect (naming a model Augusta AW139 as a AW109). The biographical information on Sirkorsky and Piasecki I can read online. If there's a specific bird here you want to go see, or are particularly into aviation, then go. Otherwise, I'd recommend the Patuxent Naval Air Musuem as a much better overall experience.
Written May 30, 2022
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David L
West Chester, PA3 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
After an active session at the swing set we arrived at the helecopter museum. The boys. 3 and 1.5 were immediately attracted to the copters. And so was I. We climbed in those copters we could and spent time buckling up and in buckling in the pilots seat. We were delighted that other children arrived in. the play room The boys played with the other kids Built blocks and played on the small copter over and over. Well worth the visit ( three hours). A good time was had by all What a treasure.
Written February 11, 2020
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TravelinFamilyBoston
Boston302 contributions
Aug 2020
I really enjoyed this museum. I'm an aviation buff, and I've visited most of the aviation-related museums in the country, but somehow missed this one. It is small but quite well-organized and the audio tour was informative. Most of the exhibits you can see very close-up, though the few you could enter were closed due to COVID. I learned a lot about the early history and development of helicopters.

If you fly in by private plane you can park on the ramp right in front of the museum. There is a friendly FBO with fuel truck across the field.
Written August 28, 2020
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LauraLazewski
Emmett, ID277 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
I’ve known about this place for years and finally checked it out with a friend. A Vietnam vet showed us around and even gave us a quick lesson in a helicopter similar to what he flew in the military! His information and personality made a neat museum much more informative and enjoyable. I didn’t realize how much of helicopter invention happened in the greater Philadelphia area. Now I’m got to try an actual lesson and fly one for myself!
Written May 3, 2023
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Rosemarie T
West Chester, PA155 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Great collection of helicopters & related artifacts. We went for a birthday party, which was awesome. Party room available for food. Nice talk given by staff for the children!
Written July 2, 2019
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Beth F
7 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a great little museum. We enjoyed all of the displays and the simulator, too. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely worth the time and money.
Written June 6, 2019
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Graham G
Baltimore, MD448 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Rode up with friends from Baltimore for a visit. Terrific displays of both civil and military helicopters. Displays also tell the history of helicopter aviation development in the surrounding area. Saw several families there also while visiting so it's great for people of all ages. Terrific for the aviation buff, those interested in history, and just as a great day out. This was the second time I've been here and there is always something new to see. Four in our group were vets and they received a discount. Highly recommend, a great time.
Written July 8, 2018
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American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM