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PBY-Naval Air Museum

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Address: 270 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-5714
Phone Number: +1 360-240-9500
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11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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The PBY-Naval Air Museum presents the history of the WWII era PBY aircraft...

The PBY-Naval Air Museum presents the history of the WWII era PBY aircraft and all Naval aircraft based at NAS Whidbey Island through the present. Exhibits include an actual PBY-5A aircraft, many interactive exhibits including flight simulators that are favorites of kids, young and old.

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I was hoping for a museum on base for Whidbey Island...But this turned out great. Nice building...A PBY is in a lot across the street but was getting some work done on it...The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Minnesota
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was hoping for a museum on base for Whidbey Island...But this turned out great. Nice building...A PBY is in a lot across the street but was getting some work done on it...The lady at the counter was great and talked me into watching their movie which was informative.. Not a large building, but plenty of displays to look at.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neat place volunteer at front was very knowledgeable bout the locale history. Got to check the video of the PBY base in the movie room

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Fredericktown, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This little museum is a growing labor of love, and was a definite must see for this Navy vet. I will be interested to see more growth of the display for the Cold War Era, as that section was pretty sparse.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This little museum is well worth the visit if you are interested in WWII history. Run by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers, it gives a comprehensive history of both the town of Oak Harbor and its role in the development and use of the amazing, versatile PBY "Flying Boats." Films, artifacts, photos, uniforms, and if you're lucky, an honest-to-goodness WWII vet... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My DH and I visited the PBY Naval Museum this weekend while stopping at Whidbey Island to visit our daughter. The museum is only a few miles down the road from base, right in town. We were greeted by a wonderful and knowledgeable vet, Bill, who shared lots of historical info with us. There were a few interactive exhibits, and... More 

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Langley, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We toured the museum's facilities on both side of the street. The dedicated group of volunteers are doing a great job telling a good story. They have shown a lot of creativity and have many hands-on displays...the kid can come out in all of us. I am glad I went and had an opportunity to learn more about local history.

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Thank Harvey6f
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Every time I enter the museum, I learn something new. One would think after living in the Oak Harbor area since 1992, there wouldn't be much new to learn. WOW, was I wrong. I have been on many local tours and visited many historical sights. Learning never ends.

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Thank Erik N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

This new facility is so much bigger, and so much more to see.. Kids of all ages as adults of all ages will love this place.. So much fun learning ..

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Thank Susan W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We spent s rainy midweek day here and really enjoyed our experience. $28 for four of us. We spent over an hour here. the volunteers were informative and engaging ( and they ranged In age down to 12/13 years old). There is memorabilia , a film and, a hit with the kids, 2 simulators. It's primarily about the planes but... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We went here on a rainy midweek day. One of my kids is very interested in wars and all associated with them. $28 for four of us. We spend over an hour here the volunteers were informative and engaging ( and they ranged In age down to 12/13 years old). There is memorabilia , a film and, a hit with... More 

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