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“New ADDRESS for Military Museum”

PBY-Naval Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Oak Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The PBY-Naval Air Museum presents the history of the WWII era PBY aircraft and all Naval aircraft based at NAS Whidbey Island through the present. Exhibits include an actual PBY-5A aircraft, many interactive exhibits including flight simulators that are favorites of kids, young and old.
Palos Verdes Estates, California
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“New ADDRESS for Military Museum”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

270 SE Pioneer Way is the new location of the Naval History Museum. Easier access for the general population, and still an interesting collection of War and veterans memorabilia from several wars. A place for young and old to enjoy.

Visited July 2014
7 Thank smph5
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Wil S, President, PBY Memorial Foundation at PBY-Naval Air Museum, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
The new address is correct, 270 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
The correct name of the museum is now "PBY-Naval Air Museum:.
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The PBY and Naval Aviation Museum has moved onto Pioneer Way Downtown”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Easy to get to now. No more having to drive thru the gate to get on base! It is in the middle of downtown on Pioneer Way.
Great gift store. Wonderful artifacts from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and War on Terror. And of course the focus and emphasis on the Patrol Bomber PBY Catalina.
Bring the kids. It is a partial exhibit now, but by end of July it will be full tilt.
Great simulators!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank georgeonwhidbey
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Apple Valley, California
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77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great museum of WWII history”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We went here at invitation of a family friend - very out of the way and a total Pain to get to. Although it's a public museum, the entrance requires you to go through a Naval security gate and not very easily. This could so easily be solved by changing the entrance to Pioneer Blvd and closing off the section of road that would lead to the base. We had planned for a hour and stayed till they closed. Our guide, Bud Zylstra was so great! He offered insights into the areas we toured - so much memorabilia! A restored PBY(Outside) as there as well a war memorial tribute - build by Bud. This gem shouldn't be missed if you are in the area!

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Cheri H
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hold everything!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

You can't get there from here! The powers that be in their infinite wisdom have closed the seaplane base to the general public. You must go over to the main gate and just before you enter on the right you will see the office of base security. You can get a temporary permit at that office providing you have your registration, driver's license and proof of insurance. The seaplane base used to be open. So now you have to jump through several hoops to enter.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Tbone42
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madison, wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Turned away at gate”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Went to see the museum but was told at the gate I wasn't allowed to enter because only active duty military were allowed through into the base. This was the gate at the end of pioneer. The guard said I was the third person that week that he had turned away and he didn't know where people were getting information that the public was invited to visit the museum. Maybe he was just an uninformed guard, but he made me turn around inside the gate while he held onto my drivers license. Disappointing

Visited May 2013
2 Thank dano20
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