American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

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American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
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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1-2 hours
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aze352
San Diego, CA9 contributions
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Mar 2021
Small building with a dense collection of helicopters. Some of the staff are eager to share, the best part. Not a lot for those "tweens" who aren't excited by helicopters. Overall a charming place.
Written April 19, 2021
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TravelinFamilyBoston
Boston272 contributions
Fascinating for a couple of hours
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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David L
West Chester, PA3 contributions
Day with grandchildren
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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Glendawpb
Ocala, FL185 contributions
Fascinating
Dec 2019
Recently visited this museum. There is a nice variety of helicopters accompanied by a great deal of information. While I am not a flying enthusiast, I found the museum interesting and a valuable experience. There is a short film about helicopters. There are also several helicopters that visitors may sit in and experience just how compact the machine is.

Challenge yourself on the bicycle to see if you can achieve flight!

There is also a helicopter simulator on the premises and this can be enjoyed for a nominal fee ($5).

There is a small gift shop on the premises.

All staff were friendly and eagerly answered our various questions.

Enjoyable way to spend some time while in the West Chester, PA area.
Written December 29, 2019
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Gary Franklin
Chester Springs, PA76 contributions
Worth checking out.
Oct 2019
The smaller displays are worth seeing as well. The main event is the helicopters but there's much more than just those in the museum.
Written December 1, 2019
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Linda G
Stirling, UK192 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
This is not a huge museum, but husband and son thoroughly enjoyed seeing and photographing the machines on view. Interesting film, too - and very nice, knowledgeable man in shop.
Written October 7, 2019
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Susan B
Winchester, MA161 contributions
A Collection of 40 American Helicopters near an airfield
Sep 2019
Unbeknownst to us this are oaf PA made many pioneering contributions to the development of American helicopters. Our group of 31 American and French received a nicely presented historical background with slides in English and French before time to explore the 40 civilian and military autogyros, convertiplanes and helicopters, including some early generation models. There were small helicopters which adults and children can climb into to play with the gears and have their photos taken. We visited on a Sunday and the adjacent private airfield was active with many small airplanes taking off and landing. While many men on our tour have technical and engineering backgrounds, those of less knowledgeable found the tour understandable and learned better how helicopters developed and how to operate one. Highly recommended for adults and children.
Written October 6, 2019
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NanaJ12
Englishtown, NJ197 contributions
fun & interesting for all ages
Sep 2019
We visited to see something new and different and THAT we did. Who knew there were so many different models and sizes of helicopters?! We sure didn't! Nice big "hanger type" building with so many displays to observe, learn more about and even multiple opportunities to sit inside some of the helicopters on display. they also have a nice play room for little ones to experience more to their size or just release energy while putting together puzzles or sitting inside a glass domed part of a helicopter with carpeted floor to read a book and other hands on fun. We recommend a visit here and suggest planning to stay for a few hours minimum.
Written September 8, 2019
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FrankandJenn
Wilkes-Barre, PA213 contributions
Great side trip
Aug 2019
This was a great stop during a road trip. The museum is filled with examples of the history of rotary wing craft. The staff is friendly and helpful. The museum has the only V-22 osprey on public display. Be sure to check for special events that seem to happen often at the museum.
Written August 19, 2019
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Eric West Chester PA
8 contributions
Must see when your in the area.
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is a great stop for families, biz travelers, and couples. They so do two large events a year that are especially fun. RotoFest and FatherFest. Up close with helicopters used by military and rescue services. Located next to QVC studios. Really interesting stop over.
Written August 7, 2019
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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