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College Park Aviation Museum
Based on 30 traveler reviews
A Great Family Outing
Aug 31, 2014 by: Marcy D from Columbia, Maryland
I visited with my husband and toddler in August 2014. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a model train exhibition ongoing while we visited. The size of the museum made for a relatively easy visit for a toddler. There were several planes inside, as well as an area for interactive simulations and crafts for kids (though several were temporarily out of commission, for some reason). The gift shop was also small but nice. There was an outdoor area adjacent to the runway, which contained several wooden model plains that kids could scoot around on. It was a good time for all of us.
Interesting for Everyone
Aug 05, 2014 by: Danita34 from Silver Spring, Maryland
They have a free Scavenger Hunt if you ask at the desk. When the kids complete it they get a prize. It really helped us see the museum and encourage my son to focus on the most important facts. We will go back again.
Kid friendly aviation museum on a comfortable scale on an historic airport
Apr 23, 2014 by: denbury from Port Hope, Canada
Other reviewers have shared extensive comments on what this charming museum offers so duplication of their contributions is not required. This is my third visit over a period of about 15 years and I continue to be struck by the pleasant human scale of this museum and its focus on programs for children and the exhibition of a collection, both owned and borrowed, relevant to the history of the important airfield which has existed here for over a century. Another nice touch is the explanation of the legendary ERCO concern and its iconic Ercoupe product which was produced on a site very close to the museum. My last visit took place during school break and the building was full of children enjoying the programs available from the museum's staff.
Nice museum - interactive exhibits, great for kids & adults!
Jan 21, 2014 by: Mako13Man from Lusby
Went here this past weekend. My niece had a blast here playng with all the exhibits that they have for children. There are quite a few of them. The 3 of us adults all thought the museum was well done and enlightening for older folk as well. Not a huge museum, but just about the right size for spending a few hours looking around, seeing some old aircraft and reflecting on the history of aviation.
WELL MAINTAINED EXHIBITS
Oct 09, 2013 by: Maurene_K from Dover, New Hampshire
This was part of my Plan B itinerary since the Washington, DC national park sites were closed due to the Government Shutdown forced by Congress. This stop was one of the highlights of my trip. Driving into the entrance, I was fascinated to see that the College Park Airport was adjacent to the museum. I stopped there first to have a look-see and to talk airport staff. I also stopped to look at the historic marker. Established in August 1909 by the United States Army Signal Corps to serve as a training location for Wilbur Wright to instruct two military officers to fly in the government's first plane, it is the world's oldest continuously operated airport. The museum is about 8 miles from downtown DC. It's easily accessible by car and public transportation. It is about 30 miles from downtown Baltimore and 24 miles from BWI airport. Admissions are inexpensive: $4 - Adults $3 - Seniors $2 - Children 2+ FREE - Under 2 The museum does not have a snack bar or restaurant. Picnics are allowed at umbrella tables on the outdoor balcony overlooking the airport runway. There are also picnic tables back at the area near the main building of the College Park Airport. This museum may be small, but the quality of planes on display is excellent. The planes were restored and well maintained. Another reviewer Jack L has already listed all planes. At the time of my visit, there were 10 planes on display and one demo plane for a hands-on experience for youngsters. I especially liked the red 1932 Monocoupe 110, the blue and yellow 1941 Boeing A75N1/PT-17 Stearman, and the yellow 1936 Taylor J-2 Cub. The second floor allows one to get better views of the planes suspended from the ceiling. Children will like being able to use pre-cut postcards to make their own rubbings or stampings on the “picture” side of the card. They can explore, touch, and sit in the cockpit of the "Imagination Plane", a blue 1939 Taylorcraft near the far end of the museum. There is a hands-on room to learn about flying and to dress up like a pilot. Youngsters can “fly” in one of the simulators. There are pedal planes outside. The museum offers special family programs and events throughout the year. Check the museum website as you plan your visit. The airport runway is just outside the full-length glass windows of the museum. One can watch for take-offs and landings while touring the museum. Additionally, the museum’s full-length glass windows provide plenty of light for non-flash photography. My best results were with the Natural Light and Scene Recognition settings on my camera.
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