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National Soaring Museum

51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
+1 607-734-3128
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This is a small museum on top of a 1700 foot hill next to a runway for gliders. The museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Essex, New York
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My 16 year old grandson and I visited. The museum is right next to the air field. A glider was... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Covington, 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, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.
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  • Average13%
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  • Terrible2%
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51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
+1 607-734-3128
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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

Thank oaklanefarm
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a small but interesting museum with a gift shop. It's all about soaring (engineless flight). I didn't know they could soar that far. Do not skip the 30 minute video. The video explains a lot about soaring . This would be interesting to...More

Thank Beth K
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We actually held our biannual quilt show at the museum. The many displays are wonderful and looked amazing with the quilts hanging all around them. The staff is amazing to work with. On a clear day you get to enjoy the beautiful views and watch...More

Thank LeVon K
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This may seem like an unlikely pair but it was really nice. I enjoyed the quilts and my boyfriend enjoyed the aircraft's and history. we were both happy and liked our visit very much. It was great how the two displays mingled and i thought...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We had the best tour, buy the director, of this rare gem of a museum. It never ceases to amaze me how some people can just jump off into the air despite the solidity of the earth at their feet, in such a delicate craft.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 27 November 2016

It was a gloomy day so I decided to stay in town and visit the National Soaring Museum. I wish I had visited it sooner! My imagination took flight among the many gliders. The National Soaring Museum a hall-of-fame for gliding.  They have a big...More

1  Thank twilbur2
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I get here because my uncle lives in Elmira, and i try and do the Soaring Flight eith a Instructor and its was amazing! The Great View is out of this world!

1  Thank Nevil G
Reviewed 25 September 2016

I had heard about this museum a few years ago and finally got to visit. A very nice collection of sailplanes and displays about the people and history of soaring. Particularly enjoyed the replica of the Wright Brothers 1902 glider. The museum is located next...More

1  Thank Staggerwing12
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Small museum but informative! Walk and see on your own. Lots of gliders and some other air items. Each exhibit has notes on about the history

1  Thank MERRIE S
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