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National Soaring Museum

Open Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A very comprehensive history of soaring. There are very interesting displays that explain the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hidden history gem

Soaring into military might. Harris Hill was a key part of early soaring and this museum is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings...more
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51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
+1 607-734-3128
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Reviewed 5 November 2014

Very interesting displays and the opportunity to take a glider flight. A special place in a most scenic location.

5  Thank Bills2018
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Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

We brought our two children to visit the museum. While there one of the employees took it upon herself to yell at my children, which I found completely unprofessional or appropriate. When I approached her about it, she proceeded to be incredibly rude saying that...More

5  Thank Caitscheer
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A very comprehensive history of soaring. There are very interesting displays that explain the history of soaring as well as a great selection of soaring planes presented throughout the exhibit. We will return to take an actual flight in a soar plane when the weather...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Soaring into military might. Harris Hill was a key part of early soaring and this museum is beautifully laid out not to mention the lovely views, beautiful park, plus soaring plane rides to be had right next to this location. You just need to find...More

1  Thank mandotraveler
Reviewed 16 September 2018

I toook the short ride up the mountain to visit the Nation Soaring Museum and I am so glad I did. I was able to tour the facility with the director and learn about parts of our history about which I knew litte. The collection...More

1  Thank char1scott
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We made a special stop at the Soaring Museum while passing through Elmira. At one point in time, this was a hot spot for gliding competitions. The museum has a wonderful display of gliders including one used in WW2 for transporting troops and supplies. There...More

1  Thank 981Linda
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Anyone who enjoys flying, flight, soaring/gliding needs to make this stop. It is not a huge museum, but has some great non-powered aircraft. Very inexpensive. Great gift shop ... the kids will love it. We visited when a miniature doll house display was being exhibited....More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 25 March 2018

If you are towing a travel-trailer, fifth-wheel, or Class A motor-home, please be advised that a portion of the road leading to the museum consists of a tight, hairpin turn. You will have to be creative with parking your big rig. Coming in from the...More

1  Thank PaleoGypsy
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I know little about gliders. This is the place to learn about them. The exhibits take the visitor from the earliest to the latest and everything in between. To cover the museum thoroughly would take a couple of hours. As I was pressed for time...More

1  Thank hughh65
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were here as part of a bus tour. We had a guided tour. Our guide explained the beginnings of gliding/soaring to the present time(very interesting). The best of this area is not only the history but getting to see the sail planes being towed...More

1  Thank Kaye S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a small museum on top of a 1700 foot hill next to a runway for gliders. The museum explains the history of gliding nicely, with a useful film. I mostly took in the elegant long wings and graceful bodies of the planes on...More

1  Thank reberascal
Reviewed 7 July 2017

My 16 year old grandson and I visited. The museum is right next to the air field. A glider was taking off when we arrived and we watched until it separated from the tow plane and soared on. Also saw one landing. The museum included...More

1  Thank oaklanefarm
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