National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum
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Military Museums
This location was reported permanently closed
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Experience the magic of flight at the National Naval Aviation Museum! See over 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Ride the flight simulators or catch all the drama and power of amazing IMAX films. Dine in the authentic Cubi Bar Cafe and take home the spirit of Naval Aviation with a unique memento from the Flight Deck Store. Spend a cool day inside the Museum and experience Hands-on-History! New Naval Air Station Entrance: All visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway.
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Kitman
Oxnard, CA620 contributions
Restricted Access - July 2021
Jul. 2021 • Solo
Simply put, what a great aviation museum! First, this place is located within the grounds of the naval air station. So you'll need to be either active duty military, retired military, or a DOD employee. Alternatively, you can get on the base under the escort of one of the preceding.

So they really pack a lot into the space they have. Currently, there are two large buildings with aircraft and aviation history all over the place. There are things from the very beginnings through the space age, friends and foe, and from the navy and beyond. It was raining the day I visited so I don't know if there is an outside display area, but inside, there are planes everywhere.

Entry is free and there are numerous volunteer workers that are more than happy to give you narrative on items throughout the museum. There are also various aviation movie showings throughout the day...for a small fee.

I only spent 3 hrs there on the day of my visit because it was closing time. If you like reading the notes & letters by displays like I do, you could easily spend a full day here. There's a small cafe inside as well as a nice gift shop. There are some simulator rides you can go on too...again, for a small fee.

If you can get onto the base, you can't go wrong with spending a day here.
Written 14 July 2021
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DWeso
Milwaukee, WI156 contributions
Limited Visitors
Jun. 2021
Base access is still closed to Non Military / General Public. Which is too bad. I visited this museum about 7 years ago. It's a world class aviation museum.

Call this number before planning a visit.
I'm glad I did. 850-452-8450
Written 25 June 2021
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Charlie B
Opelika, AL79 contributions
Great trip
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Was an amazing experience to see all of the planes and memorabilia. One of the best war/military museums I have ever been to
Written 16 June 2021
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Melody B
Hartville, OH7 contributions
No Visiting for Civilians
Jun. 2021
Please before you drive over an hour to get there, you cannot visit this museum or enter the base unless you have a valid Military ID. We were unaware of this. This was part of the reason we decided to visit the panhandle and we were pretty disappointed. The person at the gate said this has been in place since 2019.
Written 13 June 2021
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spray344744
2 contributions
The Museum at the military base was delightful, would love to go back. Looking forward to going back some day.
Jun. 2021
We loved this place. Great experience there. We drove around the grounds after the tour on the history in the museum and enjoyed talking with the people that we met there.
Written 10 June 2021
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Sadiebarnone
Waxahachie, Texas5 contributions
Interesting
Jun. 2021
A must see when visiting Pensacola. It is full of actual aircraft. The tour guides are very informative.
Written 9 June 2021
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Travler70
Novato, CA96 contributions
Amazing experience
Jun. 2021
Went with son in law who flew F-14s. Place is so full of aviation history you need a day here. So many planes, photos, displays and don’t miss the 25 min movie “aircraft carrier” incredibly fascinating. Having your own tour guide who was stationed here made it easier. This place is not to be missed.
Written 7 June 2021
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Lickcreek
Stevensville, MD415 contributions
Great experience
May 2021 • Family
We made a day trip to go to the museum. It was my sons 3rd trip and second for his wife and children. It is a great way to learn about the Navy/Marine/Coast Guards role in protecting our country throughout history. It was disappointing that the simulators were not operational but we found a lot to see. We missed the Blue Angels practice the day before but we will see them this week in Annapolis.

We enjoyed the small number of visitors and hope that soon the general public will be allowed back in.
Written 23 May 2021
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Marilyn R
3 contributions
Always A Thrill
May 2021 • Couples
Awesome as usual. We visited twice to watch the Blue Angels practice. SUPER !!! And free. Had lunch in the cafe. Great chilli dog. Gift shop is full of wonderful things. THIS IS DEFINATE DONT MISS.
Written 22 May 2021
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48barb2015
Northfield, NJ40 contributions
Lack of information
May 2021 • Couples
We were looking forward to visiting the naval museum. The tours or naval website does not tell you that you need a military ID to get to the museum or submit paperwork days ahead with a tour to access the museum. Very poor information to visitors. Unable to see lighthouse either as it is on the base. Better info needed. GO Retro had poor information as well as Viator. No info on ft Pickens closed by ferry due to broken dock. Very disappointing!
Written 20 May 2021
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