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“very interesting, kids liked it!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Pooler
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to present.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Long Island, NY
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“very interesting, kids liked it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2011

We visited both the annex (In Savannah) and then the museum on a recent visit. There was lots to see. My kids (7 and 12) liked it. I wish we had more time there. Interesting seeing a mission and great to see the plane they are restoring, beautiful grounds out back.

Visited November 2011
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2011

Great stop along the way. Activities related to World War II. Nice Gardens out back. Gift shop had some unique things. You could get personalized World War II style dog tags. Go on a bombing mission over Europe. Exit 102 right off the interstate 95. Real old guy who flew missions gave insight into bomber life.

Visited November 2011
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Houston, Texas
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247 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
“Interesting Site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

This museum highlights the role of the city of Savannah during WWII, specifically the production of bombers. The museum is a collection of artifacts and planes. There are a couple planes hanging from the ceiling of the main museum room. There are several recreated settings including: a home that highlights hideouts for French informants, a POW camp and a hangar. Other exhibits highlight the different divisions of military personnel as well as the female pilots that served during the war. A couple planes are located outside the museum. Behind the museum, there is a striking collection of headstones/memorials to commemorate those that lost their lives during WWII. It is sobering to read the list of names on a stone knowing that all of those men died in defense of our country. There is a small chapel on the grounds too that has some interesting stained glass.

The highlight for me was watching workers restoring a B-17. You can walk right up to the plane and look over the soldiers of the workers. I am surprised they allow such close access. If in Pooler/Savannah, this museum is worth checking out.

Visited October 2011
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great! some younger kids might get a bit bored though”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

This place was huge! Price was decent and could literally spend hours if reading every bit of info (there was a lot). Great older gentleman who had served in the military did a nice little presentation in a "bunker" where you experienced a day in the life for the men and women who served. Really nice and def. worth the time- they only do this a couple of times a day so i would def ask what time he will start!! There were some concerns with our 7 yr old getting bored when hubby and i were trying to read as much as we could during the first area especially. If you have very young children, you might want to take turns with your spouse/etc - letting the kids see the "pictures" "flags" etc.. while the other is reading and switch off. overall, the videos kept him entertained and we took tons of pictures which turned out great. There is also a "simulation" video game type thing that was neat for a few minutes, though it was tough and the shots werent accurate - so the kiddo got bored quickly. There was also a little "house" in this area that you walked through - very nice and I enjoyed this part alot! Wouldnt mind going back and taking my parents when they come to visit! Nice gift shop area as well - though we didnt buy anything, it wasnt priced too high compared to other tourist museum places and it was fun to look at anyways. Nice planes outside too - it was hot outside, so we only spent a few minutes.. i would recommend going in cooler weather to enjoy all the oudoors.. Also there are restrooms in the small chapel in the gardens! we found them by chance and it saved the day! The chapel was very pretty and calming. Religious folks would really enjoy it as you could take the time to pray/etc as it was very quiet and no other guests were in there when we went.

Visited September 2011
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Dix Hills, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Historic Eye Opening Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

Traveling into or through Savannah Airport (SAV) and you have time, either due to a long layover or just want to stretch your legs after being in the winged aluminum tube, take the time to see this museum. Its location is immediately one exit north (# 102) on I-95 from Airport Exit onto I-95. It is immediately within sight of interstate.
The museum reveals the history of the Eight Air Force ( The heavy bombers over Europe in WW 2) think "Twelve OClock High", which was established in Savannah,Ga. Great aviation exhibits,displays equipment ,documents etc ,helpful and knowledgeble staff conducting tours. Not overwelming as the National Air & Space Museum ,but decent enough. Do NOT miss the replica English Chapel of the era 1940s found outside with memorials for lost crews. Interior of chapel & all stained glass windows denote aircrew & religious salvation from the horrors 'They" faced " over the skies of Europe. Very beautiful,sacred & moving.
After or before leaving there is a Cracker Barrel restaurant -good food,good service & tempting after hours airborne living on pretzels or peanuts.Location is about 100 yards from museum

Visited August 2011
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