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“Local Hidden Gem”

Hiller Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Hiller Aviation Museum preserves the legacy of flight and provides inspiration for future generations. Over forty unique and innovative aircraft are on display. Realistic flight simulators and open aircraft cockpits (including the popular Boeing 747 exhibit) ensure that every visitor gains a pilot’s eye view of the world of aviation. In every imagination there is a spark of fascination with flight. The Hiller Aviation Museum is a place where that spark is ignited and aviation comes alive. Through our Invention and Exploration Programs, you can see and touch real aircraft, sit in an airline cockpit, hold the parts of a piston engine in your hands and experience realistic flight simulation from the pilot’s seat.
Reviewed April 12, 2012

I guess it's not really hidden since you can see it from the 101 freeway. A small, but fun museum that covers the history of aviation. Primarily consists of a large gallery of different kinds of aircraft, an outdoor cross-section/ "nose" of a jet, which visitors can stroll through. They have a few simulators which are good for teaching how hard it is to pilot aircraft. There's a great little play section of simple riding toys for the really little ones. Also, a restoration room where you can see people working on different items.

My son (3.5 yr) particularly liked walking through the jet and the helicopter simulator.

Bottom line: Great for airplane enthusiasts, but still entertaining for the curious.

* Most of the museum is stroller accessible, but not all. This is only challenging when you have a walker/ climber and a stroller-bound infant.
* Large gift shop with interesting items, but you do have to walk through it to enter and exit the museum.
* Membership is comparable to local children's museums, but their newsletter/ and special events are very helpful and fun.
* They have many docents of varying degrees of friendliness, but all knowledgeable. (My experience with this is colored by the fact that I've had a preschooler dragging me around each time I've gone.)
* No food on site, but In-N- Out is just across the freeway.

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank marmac_10
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

The airplanes and models are well displayed; there are knowledgeable docents; the gift shop is full of anything and everything to do with airplanes and aviation; great for kids; you can sit in a cockpit of a 747. The videos and explanations are very complete. There is even a workshop you can visit and watch the volunteers tinker with engines and model planes. Admission price is reasonable.

Date of experience: March 2012
Thank bbpacker
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Visited this place for the first time, living in the bay area for close to 70 yrs..took a small group of highschool age students..the docent was very knowledgeable and friend..everyone enjoyed!!

Thank Sally P
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

This Museum has a really good display of aircraft. They have a couple of simulators that are fun to use (if you can get on them).

The museum is up to date, in that it displays some of the latest technology along with vintage airplanes.

Well worth a couple of hours.

Date of experience: November 2011
Thank BillPom
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

After living in the bay area for many years and never having been, I decided to chaperone a field trip with my daughter’s 7th grade class in January. We all had a fun time and there was quite a bit to see and do. There are many airplanes and flying craft as well as flight simulators and demonstrations on how planes fly. The kids were also given a quick class in flight planning before putting it to test on the many flight simulators. There were interesting exhibits and displays for all ages and the docent (Jim) that led our group was fantastic. I would recommend this for anyone and also for class field trips. They were very accommodating and everyone on our trip (22 students and 5 adults) had a great time.

Thank Chris F
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