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“Educational and Fun”

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Cape May
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places in September of 1997. Naval Air station (NAS) Wildwood was commissioned on April 1, 1943. The site served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility from 1943 to 1945. Aircraft stationed at NAS Wildwood included TBM Avengers, Douglas Dauntlesses, Vought Corsairs and Curtiss Helldivers. Forty-two airmen perished while training at NAS Wildwood during World War II. In June 1997, NASW Foundation purchased Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The 92,000 square-foot all-wooden structure was in a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. Under the stewardship of NASW Foundation, the hangar was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places at the National Significance Level. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop. In its role as a community resource, NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum regularly hosts activities including fly-ins, aviation festivals, big band concerts, swing dances, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, school field trips and senior tours.
Mays Landing, New Jersey
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“Educational and Fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very nice for the money spent. Good to know: not air conditioning if you plan on going in the summer. Takes about 2 1/2 hrs if you take your time. Quicker if not interested in reading about the exhibits. Located at an active airport with a great little reataurant on the grounds which has great food, and a Vietnam war museum, both within walking distance. Free parking. Spent from about 11:30-3pm just in that area.

Visited September 2014
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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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“Very enjoyable family trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Decided to go to Nasw on Thursday 8/28 on the recommendation of a friend it was during a stop over for the Collins foundation aircraft. Very much enjoyed all the indoor exibits from every branch of the military. The folks running the museum were very friendly and knowledgeable.It was awesome to be able to get so close to and even sit I'm so many types of aircraft.Many of which are displayed curtsey of the US Army/Marines ect.After spending what seemed to be a short amount of time inside we ventured outside to see the planes displayed there as well as the Liberator and Flying Fortress on the tarmac. It was just awesome to be able to walk/climb thru these wonderful aircraft at our own pace.After finishing up outside I looked at the time on my phone and "could not believe" we were there for just about 4 hours! Time really flew by it was a very enjoyable day for myself, my wife and my daughter.. We already have plans to return at the same time next year.. One note!! I see someone posted a negative comment about one of the workers had his German Shepherd there and it ruined there day because it "scared" them.. You have got to be kidding me!!! I'm not sure what my family enjoyed more talking to that sweet old Vet or petting his sweet old dog!!

Visited August 2014
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“A Fun Great Place for Aviation Interested”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

We did not expect to find an interesting aviation museum tucked away at a local airport but NAS in Cape May County was a real treat. A vintage hangar has been restored and is full of interesting airplanes, not just air force but a really respectable Coast Guard Air area. They even have a simulated tower indoors with air control radio and a hands on exhibit for kids. While we do not qualify as kids, we enjoyed all the hands on exhibits. As a fan of the coast guard rescue programs it was great to get into both a rescue helicopter and the flight deck of a C-130 search plane. Once you get to the airport, follow the signs to the museum or the diner, they are next to each other. We thought this was just going to be another dusty or closed experience but were delightfully surprised.

Visited July 2014
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Cape May, New Jersey
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“If your into this stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice displays, good special event. If your really into WW2 this is a place to visit. The admission price is also very reasonable. Great rainy day event. Give at least two hours to be able to see everything.

Visited August 2014
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“Worth the day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is an excellent museum for a family visit. Well run friendly knowledgeable staff, good exhibition of the aircraft. We learned a great deal about the hanger when it was in operation as well as the historic aircraft on display.
My children particularly liked being able to climb inside the aircraft.

Visited August 2014
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