National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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! The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Navy require visitors 18 and older to show a single government-issued identification card. State-issued driving licenses and passports are acceptable. Public access to NAS Pensacola will be available from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. through the West Gate only on the south end of Blue Angel Parkway. Additionally, vehicle operators must have a valid driver’s license, and foreign nationals will need to be escorted by a U.S. citizen. Visit our website for more information.
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  • Melissa C
    2 contributions
    Horrible Café Experience - Pack Your Lunch!!
    Enjoyed our visit there with one notable exception that forces me to comment. The restaurant or café that's onsite is absolutely dreadful. A real blemish on the day's experience. The waitress did all but roll her eyes at us, hurried away from our table before we finished giving our order (and so it was wrong when it came), refilled my drink with warm tea and no additional ice and only after being asked. We each ordered BLTs. Simple, right? My husband wanted wheat with no mayo. I wanted white with no exceptions. Neither of us got mayo, and my toast was burnt BLACK on one side... which they attempted to hide by putting it to the inside. Still tastes like BURNT, people! Especially dry with no mayo. And let's just mention that we're talking Wonder Bread. Finally, checkout with the bar keep is absurd. She handles my money, then she handles your glass! You're welcome. (BLECH!) Not to mention the wait this creates for those wanting to pay but waiting for her to fill a bar order for an 8-top. And before you give a grain of salt to the waitress's rudeness, when a family with a pre-teen came in she sat them in the bar. When the father asked for another table outside the bar, she snatched up the menus and snapped "Where you want?!" (limited English speaker) Really, it was just an awful experience and too bad because our visit was otherwise lovely.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Vinny0014
    Richmond Hill, Georgia576 contributions
    One of the best aviation museums and static displays.
    This is a must do at least once. My 7 year old loves it. I have been to many aviation museums over the years, but this was our first time at this one. Outstanding displays. It’s free of charge, but I would pay to go to this one.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Jim B
    Johns Creek, Georgia91 contributions
    Heat escape
    We went here to get out of the heat. This place is Hugh and very well done. It’s free to park, free admission, they do suggest a donation of $5.00 . We also ate at the cafe inside and the food was great and very reasonably priced.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Ryan V
    5 contributions
    A few hours to take it all in
    Brought my 3 year old and 9 year old boys. They both really enjoyed it. It was a spur of the moment decision, and we had about 1.5 hours there to escape the rain. You probably need at least 3 hours to fully appreciate all this place has to offer. It has multiple flight simulators, but tickets must be purchased by 3:30 at the snack shop. Lots of variety and hands on displays upstairs. We rushed through the gift shop on our way out the door. Whether you’re a hardcore American history buff or just a kid who likes airplanes this place has something to offer. Free entry!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Steven D
    Spring Hill, Tennessee1,776 contributions
    Amazing Patriotic & Historical Aviation Exhibits
    We’ve visited Pensacola Beach several times but today was our first to include a visit to this wonderful museum. Overwhelming at first when you enter the massive facility — the visual feast of colors, aircraft, flags, displays both on the ground level as well as suspended mid air — everywhere you turn — you keep seeing more to draw you deeper into the museum. Admission is free. Plan on a minimum of two hours to even see 80% of the contents. Families friendly. Lots of hands on displays & exhibits for the younger family members to experience. A very in-depth historical approach to telling the story of the USA’s growth and expansion into today’s modern Navy. Additional large exhibits from NASA, Marines, and the Coast Guard are viewed in the adjacent large hanger that is part of the museum. The museum is accessible only through the very secure main (West) gate — proper ID is required for all passengers.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • robertmbb
    Magnolia, Texas843 contributions
    A great military aviation museum
    The parking and museum are free, however it does not open until 9:00, and closes at 3:00. You must be a US citizen or check their website for entry requirements. This is a naval base. There are probably about 100 airplanes of all types, mostly Navy, but some Army and Air Force planes too. They are well preserved and appropriately displayed. For those who enjoy military planes, this museum is a dream. They have a restaurant inside because it is likely that you will be there three to four hours. I think children above a certain age would also like this museum. There is plenty of parking, but it does get full and then you might be turned away.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Sneed1208
    Benton, Missouri34 contributions
    Unexpected teenage bliss!
    Our visit to the Aviation Museum was the best part of our Florida vacation. We went in expecting sulking teenagers that we had to drag though the museum trying to kill time. However, we had to chase them around as they excitedly bounced from exhibit to exhibit. It was a blast even for our 4 grumpy teenagers!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Thomas N
    Greenville, South Carolina14 contributions
    National Naval Aviation Museum
    We stopped here after visiting the lighthouse as we were told it’s free and worth the time. Well you can’t beat free and who doesn’t like aircrafts that are part of our history. Well worth the hour we spent here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • 2doglady
    Tennessee913 contributions
    So Glad This is Open to the Public Again
    We wanted to see the Blue Angels and saw they had a practice show that you can watch from this museum as well as other locations. When we tried before, the museum was not open to the general public but they are now! The practice show was great, and then we really enjoyed spending an hour or so in the museum. There are so many aircraft and some areas feel overstuffed. Be sure to go to the upper level so you can look down on the first floor aircraft for an even better view. The Blue Angel Atrium has several planes hanging and be sure you see them from upstairs as well. There are aircraft on display in the Hangar One building and on the grounds outside too. There is a sit down cafe inside the museum, but it was pretty busy today with the practice show being today. There is also a nice gift shop …. I love getting post cards and they had a great selection of good quality cards. All the staff we encountered were very helpful and courteous. We really enjoyed our visit and recommend this as a stop for other travelers!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • BeachBikers
    Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina543 contributions
    Best Free Entertainment on the Gulf Coast
    Having already visited the Air & Space Museums in DC and Dulles airport, I was just hoping to see something new. We saw much more than that. There were 2 buildings of exhibits as well as numerous ones outdoors. My husband was excited to see an Iraqi Mig as well as WWII fighters from Japan and Germany. When planning a visit, make sure to check the online practice schedule for the Blue Angels. We were lucky to be visiting on a day they were performing a practice show. It was the best air show I've ever seen. And it and the museum are free!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
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Steve R
Monticello, IL152 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing walk through Naval Avation history. Almost every plane ever flown by a Naval pilot was here, including Friendship 7, Alan Sheppard's Mercury capsule. Lot's of exhibits about Aircraft Carriers, especially WW II Carriers. Movies about historical occurrences. I could have spent all day. If you are in the Pensacola area, this is one place you must see.
Written 23 February 2024
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Noel78
Tennessee605 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Thanks to our tour guide, Gary (a retired Coast Guard rescue helicopter pilot), this enormous museum was brought to life for us. Not being an aviation expert, I appreciated his thorough explanations of many different military aircraft owned by the museum. I love the fact that you can touch a lot of the items on display. The museum consists of two buildings and one can easily spend a day here. The guided tour was two hours, but many visitors have lunch in the building and make a day of it.
The museum is donation dependent and received no government support, according to Gary. The tours and admission is free, but they have a donation box.
Written 19 February 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,687 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
The National Aviation Museum is a free museum on the Pensacola military base. There’s a huge amount here focused on a relatively narrow topic: naval aviation. It’s even further focused on the first 50 years of naval aviation, focusing heavily on WWII and the Korean War and few planes or exhibits from later conflicts and eras.

Still, it would take a whole day to look at every plane and exhibit and do all the simulators (which cost extra). But a few hours is sufficient to see the two hangars full of planes and helicopters and read the information about them and some of the exhibits on items like dirigibles and the Blue Angels, which are based in Pensacola. It is certainly a museum to re-visit multiple times if you are really into this topic, (though someone who is not would equally get tired of it pretty quickly).
Written 18 February 2024
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Peggy E
Bella Vista, AR17 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed an almost two hour tour with guide Ed Ellis. All four of us were extremely impressed with both the museum and guide. Ed was knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. His experience in the Navy allowed him to share stories and experiences that enhanced the facts given about many of the museum’s exhibits. If there was one negative detail about the tour it would be the lack of a microphone/ headpiece used by the tour guide. Unless you were in the group closest to him, it was very hard to hear his commentary. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written 15 February 2024
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Andre Marshall
Tennessee20 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had an awesome weekend at the park with the family. We had fun with some of the best people ever in the park and we enjoyed the day looking at the planes.
Written 13 February 2024
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Patricia Y
Lee's Summit, MO19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is an amazing museum. There is no charge to visit. The exhibits are amazing. The guided tour lasted 2 hours and was very informative. My husband was thrilled that we came. Make sure your GPS takes you to the correct gate. Ours took us to the main gate and you really need to go to the west gate. We were there all day and didn't see everything. The food at the restaurant was very good.
Written 7 February 2024
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michrider
Saline, MI80 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very good museum well worth the travel (we came from Miramar Beach). All sorts of Naval airplanes through US history on display, and even some enemy planes as well. Museum is well laid out with a second floor to give perspective to the many planes hung from the ceiling. We also enjoyed the paintings/drawings in the art section of the 2nd floor, as well as the replications of small town circa WW2 shops, and military encampment. There are a number of interactive displays that were fun as well (including simulators). There is also a second building full of more aircraft across a small plaza.

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at this museum.
Written 6 February 2024
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN689 contributions
Jan 2024
What’s great about this museum? Everything. Exhibits, interpretive signage, layout, staff, the aircraft collection, it’s all fantastic. In our opinion it’s much better than the Dayton Air Force Museum. It was so good we went back a second day. It you like aviation, this is a must-see museum.
Written 1 February 2024
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al o
Stamata, Greece307 contributions
Feb 2024 • Business
Highly recommend museum dedicated to naval aviation. Whether you fly or not, this is a spot you shouldn't miss. It also offers a lot of activities for children. See, touch and study all aviation marvels of the US. Navy and not only.
Written 1 February 2024
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Jenny M
15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This museum is very informative and has an amazing collection of aircraft and exhibits.
It's not just about the Blue Angels.
It was easy to spend a few hours here and not be bored. The free admission was a nice surprise!
Written 21 January 2024
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