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“Outstanding Museum”

Airborne and Special Operations Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The doors opened on 16 August 2000, the 60th anniversary of the original Test Platoon’s first parachute jump. The museum offers free admission, a main exhibit gallery, temporary gallery, four-story tall theater, a gift shop, and a motion simulator ride that features two experiences. Admission is free, and we do accept donations in the gift shop and in donation boxes in the lobby. The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour, in chronological order, through the history of airborne and special operations soldiers from 1940 to the present. The temporary gallery changes periodically and displays a myriad of exhibits pertaining to the United States Army airborne and special operations units through their history and conflicts from World War II to the present.
newark, delaware
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245 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Outstanding Museum”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

My husband is crazy for military museums; usually I go in, spend no more than an hour and then leave. This time I stayed the entire 3 hours with him. This was education and interesting and the visuals were really, really well done.

Visited September 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2013

(I live in Myrtle Beach now, and I haven't visisted this place recently, it's been forever since i've been). I've been to this museum an endless amount of times, since i was like 4, 5 or 6 years old. Our dad would always take us here, me and my sister. As a young kid though, this place scared me. It wasn't until i got around 8 or 9 when I could handle it lol. I used to be so scared of the noises and the statues and all the dark parts. But anyways before I go off-topic about my childhood memories, let me finish my review. This museum has a of intriguing artifacts and tons of information on the lives of our soldiers. They even have some interactive spots also. Like a domed-like tunnel that you go inside and you sit on these seats along the walls to let you imagine you're preparing to jump from an airplane. It's alot of neat things in there. Perfect for, a field trip, Group Events, Tours, Veteran's Day etc. It might be too much for the little ones though. Especially if it's their first time going. It's been years since i've been there though.

Visited October 2012
Thank Breona L
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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45 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

It was closed due to the SEQUESTER. Was open three or four days a week. Outside was great just wish I could have gone inside. They spend more money on lunches in DC.

Visited August 2013
Thank Thomas E
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Very interesting, great history”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Very interesting and well worth a special trip. There are lots of good displays and history with 23 main areas from WWII to the present. Be sure to look up, it is about airborne after all. You can easily spend a couple hours going through the exhibits, much more if you are really interested and read most of the explanations and history that go with them. Easy to find and lots of parking. The simulator ride you can take ($5.00 charge) is short but intense. Currently only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday; check their website for current hours and special exhibits (www.asomf.org). Fairly large gift shop with some interesting and unique items for sale. I would say this museum is a must see for anyone remotely interested in the military or history.

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A dignified and fitting tribute to the bravest and the best.”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The edifice is beautifully designed and the stone walkway leading to the entrance is filled with somber and respectful reminders of the sacrifices made by many brave SOF soldiers. The exhibit halls are set up chronologically and are done in an interesting and logical way. There were retired veterans working there who were courteous and clearly proud of their roles as keepers of the memory of their comrades in arms. Anyone driving down Interstate 95 would do well to make a small detour to visit and be enriched by the experience.

Visited August 2013
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