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“A must see for WWII buffs!”

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Pooler
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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.
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A must see for WWII buffs!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Conveniently located off I-95 in Savannah, GA the Mighty Eighth Force Museum is well done and very educational. The displays take the visitor on a chronological tour of the 8th Air Force, starting with its founding shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the end of the war. For a relatively small facility there is quite a bit to see. The most noteworthy exhibit takes the visitor through the evolution of a bombing mission in movies and presentations given by very knowledgably airmen and volunteers of the era. An English pub just off the atrium and the atrium itself are available for private parties and events. The grounds of the museum serve as a memorial garden with hundreds of plaques and markers contributed by families and former members of the 8th Air Force. Also on the grounds is a replica of an English country church decorated with amazing stained glass windows depicting 8th Air Force scenes.

Visited January 2013
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Colorado
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359 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“A great tribute”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This museum is a nice tribute to the airmen and women from GA who served their country well. It reminded me a lot of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, but nowhere as big or as elaborate. There are a few planes there to see, (like the B-17 they are restoring), but most of the museum is really devoted to artifacts, and to reconstructing the WWII experience for visitors. In one area, visitors can actually take part in a mission by sitting through a briefing, going to an auditorium to view a movie of a mission, and then coming back home.
The entire museum is a good tribute to the WWII war effort, and I especially liked the section devoted to the women who flew planes. This is a good, inexpensive trip for anyone interested in American History - very informative.

Visited December 2012
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Ocala, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A return visit”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Visited here in August 2012 and returned in December 2012. I really enjoy looking around and exploring this museum. Traveled with my 17 year old son and he found it interesting as well. This is really a jewel of a museum and a must-see if you are in the area. It takes about 2 hours to do the museum well. Of course, you can spend less or more time. First time I explored this place I spent about 6 hours. This time, my family and I spent just less than two hours.

Visited December 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“If you are in Savannah and like history and airplanes, this is the place”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Great place to see history. There is a museum and gardens that are worth the visit if you are in the area. Reasonably priced. There is a restaurant there that is good, too.

Visited December 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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202 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“World War II History Presented Extremely Well”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We happen to live near a museum that focuses primarily on the history of air power in wartime. We've always thought it was well done. But our visit to the Mighty Eighth museum showed us how focused, informative and interesting this history could be made. The focus is on the formation of the Eighth Air Force and the role it played in WWII, but the museum does a great job of presenting background information on the rise of Hitler and the state of mind of the U.S. prior to the war. It helps to put all that happened into an excellent historical perspective. Good exhibits, interesting films and overall a great place to visit.

Visited November 2012
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