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“Awesome Aviation Museum”

Prairie Aviation Museum
Ranked #5 of 33 things to do in Bloomington
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Bloomington, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome Aviation Museum”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a very awesome place right here in Central Illinois! With History of past Aviation men and women of Illinois.

Visited April 2013
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Alsip, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Small but informative”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The museum was smaller than the pictures make it look, but it was enjoyable to walk up to all the planes and look into the cockpits. The information inside the museum was more late-20th century based.

Visited June 2013
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Bloomington, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Neat”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

The old planes are the coolest! They actually used those in the wars. The displays inside are very informative. Prices are a good value.

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Overland Park, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun Activity!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband loves aviation and while visiting Bloomington, saw this place in passing. We went the following day. My husband loved it. The two gentlemen in there were very knowledgable and helpful...you could tell they love talking about aviation! We were on a time crunch so we went through it pretty quickly, so my husband would have plently of time outside. He was loving being able to look at the jets and planes. It was pouring rain outside and he was still loving it. The worker there also had a lot of fun information on each plane/jet. Definitely recommend stopping in!

Visited September 2012
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East Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
436 reviews
242 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
“Small, interesting, educational museum.”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

The P.A.M. is located on the east side of Bloomington, near the city's airport, off Route 9 of Veterans Parkway. In photos , glass cases, WW11, Korea, the Tuskegge Airmen & the history of aviation is told. One wall has all the Illiois astronaut's photos, with a bigraphy of each. A small Robert Auth gallery of paintings of the mid-20's into the 30's.

Outside are nine a/c, from the mid-50's into the 90's. A partial list includes;

T-38 Talon
F-4 Phantom
A-4 Skyhawk
F-100 Super Sabre

A visit will take 30-45 minutes at most.However if a visitor takes their time to read & view, more time can be spent. Possibly if a museum volunteer sits down and takes the time to explain about a certain exhibit, such as the Link Trainer, more time will without realizing it. No large crowds & a small gift shop. A small collection on aviationare for sale.

Hours: Closed Monday.
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-4:00.
Sunday-12:00-4:00.

Admission:

Adults-$5.00.
Chilren 6-12-$2.00.
Children 5 &n under-Free.

If a visitor has any interest in aviation, they shouldn't miss this museum. Size should not matter, think content and history.I would recommend a visit.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited August 2012
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