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Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

On our way out of Florida, we visited the Naval Aviation Museum located in Pensacola, Florida. It was the one and only thing that my husband really, really wanted to do on our vacation.

I have, to be honest with you, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was expecting to be pretty bored.
I was wrong.
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Home of the Blue Angels

The museum is also home to the Blue Angels and if you time your visit correctly you can be there for one of the practices.

Believe me, you want to make sure you catch a practice.

The Blues practice most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The practice starts at 11:30 am central time and lasts for about 75 minutes.Blue Angels

Hours of Operation

We got to the museum just as it was opening at 9 am and we toured a good chunk of it before practice started and we are very glad that we took that route. It seemed to us that a large number of the people who came to watch the practice (and there were many) opted to come as practice was starting and then tour the museum.

Naval Aviation Museum Insider Tips

My biggest tip would be to arrive at the  museum as soon as it opens and explore until time for practice, then finish up after practice.

The museum itself is, free which is a huge plus! Just a side note, there are donation boxes around the grounds for donations.

There were many, many hands-on exhibits that encouraged little ones to climb up in various aircraft. It was really refreshing to be able to encourage my boys to explore. As mommas of littles know, it’s often hard to navigate museums becaKids in cockpit - naval aviation museumuse often touching isn’t encouraged.

Things to do while at the Naval Aviation museum

This museum is not only loved by people on vacation but two different waitresses over the course of our vacation, made sure to mention the amazing play space for kids.

It really was awesome.

It was quite different than a typical play area, in that it was aviation themed. My kids love to pretend that they are firefighters, police officers, etc while they are playing, so it was natural for them to be pilots!

Marine and Ayden - Naval Aviation Museum
My favorite exhibit was the Presidential helicopter. It was opened up in such a way that you could see inside but plexiglass keeps visitors at bay so that the helicopter stays in good condition.

There were so many different exhibits; if I try to describe all of the many different aircraft, I would fail miserably. So, be sure to check out the website for more information.

I hope that you and your family find the time for a visit. We had so much fun and a perfect way to end our time in Florida!

The National Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida is a fantastic, very hands on museum that your kids are sure to love.

Gary Hargrove

Sunday 30th of October 2022

The last time i was at the Navy Aviation Museum was in 78 with my dad. Both of us are retired from Navy Aviation. My old planes that I flew in was a HU 16 C #141266 and 141267. Both planes were Okinawa and Vietnam during my years in country. A P2V called the "Relucted Turtle" which my dad flew on was parked close to 141266. The Museum seem to be smaller than the pictures I have just seen on the internet. I don't like to fly anymore and living in New Mexico it's a long way to drive. Probably will never get to visit the Museum again, just live on the memories of father and son seeing our old birds together.

Lisa B.

Monday 21st of September 2015

Thank you so much for sharing this with us and linking up at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party! This looks like it could be fun! We are always going to Florida (for Disney) and my hubby and kids would love to visit this place.


Saturday 19th of September 2015

I have only been to the Air Force Museum in Ohio (I was stationed there) but what a treat to see what the Naval Museum offers! It looks like this trip was both fun and educational. What a bonus =) Thank you for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesday. We'd love to see more of you next week!

Rebecca Bryant

Sunday 6th of September 2015

What a great place to visit. My son would love to hang out here