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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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Amazing Collection of Vintage Aircraft - Like stepping back in time

What a wonderful excursion! In fact, it was our whole reason for visiting from Virginia and we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Awesome Trip for both Young and Old

We have made trips to Wildwood for around 10 years now and until recently, weren't aware this place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hamilton, New Jersey
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Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II. Hangar # 1 was listed onto the National Register of Historic Places in September of 1997. Naval Air station (NAS) Wildwood was commissioned on April 1, 1943. The site served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility from 1943 to 1945. Aircraft stationed at NAS Wildwood included TBM Avengers, Douglas Dauntlesses, Vought Corsairs and Curtiss Helldivers. Forty-two airmen perished while training at NAS Wildwood during World War II. In June 1997, NASW Foundation purchased Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The 92,000 square-foot all-wooden structure was in a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. Under the stewardship of NASW Foundation, the hangar was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places at the National Significance Level. NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop. In its role as a community resource, NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum regularly hosts activities including fly-ins, aviation festivals, big band concerts, swing dances, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, school field trips and senior tours.
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500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful excursion! In fact, it was our whole reason for visiting from Virginia and we weren't disappointed. The museum staff are incredibly helpful. Vintage aircraft, 1940s vignettes. Kids (and we parents) could climb inside the aircraft and pretend to be in an air...More

Thank ear409
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have made trips to Wildwood for around 10 years now and until recently, weren't aware this place existed. Having a young child now who is always on the go, when it rains on vacation your options are limited. We looked at some reviews and...More

Thank 445dougie
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This is an absolute fantastic place for aviation enthusiasts or just the curious, the kids will love it. The ability y o have your pic inside various fighter planes and helicopters is well worth the price of admission. Also the various interactive displays are directed...More

Thank Steven R
Reviewed 29 October 2017

A great variety of restored and well maintained exhibits from biplanes to jets, helicopters, and more. Many allow you to get up very close and even enter. Lots of historical and technical information. The hanger is huge and each exhibit is spaced so that there...More

Thank JimmB30
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a great place to visit if you are interested in vintage naval aircraft. They have a wide range from helicopters to fighter jets. Be sure to watch the video when you first come in and view the display rooms on the east side...More

1  Thank MeAndMyHoney
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We came here to escape the cold as part of it we could walk inside. We didn't expect much, just something to keep us busy for half an hour. It was surprising just how many interesting historic planes they had! The staff was friendly and...More

1  Thank gvan836
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

They have a surprising number of very interesting historic planes (~ WWII to current) and other aviation-related exhibits. I go every time I am in the area on vacation, and they usually have something new. The family and friends I have gone with also enjoyed...More

Thank 3velnon
Reviewed 12 October 2017

NAS Wildwood was little before my time (1943-45) so I had never heard of it. I saw the pamphlet for it and there was one of my old planes on it, so we had to visit. The place is great with a alot of history...More

1  Thank CaptainBill2010
Reviewed 9 October 2017

They have a great start to their museum. According to their information, they keep adding to their displays. Is maybe just a bit expensive for what they have right now, but they did a great job with displaying everything. Would be a great rainy day...More

Thank JohnandJana
Reviewed 8 October 2017

My husband loves planes and builds WWII models as a hobby. He was very impressed with this museum and the amount of exhibits that were available to see and climb. I'm not such an enthusiast but still enjoyed this museum and it kept my interest....More

Thank Beverly K
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14 August 2016|
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Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
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16 June 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Admission Fees Adults: $12.00 Children: 3 thru 12 $10.00 Children under 3: FREE! Active Duty Military w/ ID: FREE! *Military dependents must pay regular admission. Free Parking.
23 February 2016|
Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Hours Of Operation April 1st thru Columbus Day Open Daily 9 AM to 5 PM Columbus Day thru November 30th Open Daily 9 AM to 4 PM December 1st thru March 31st Monday – Friday 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday – Sunday Closed Please... More