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“Great for adults and kids”

EAA Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Oshkosh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at the site of the world's largest aviation event (EAA AirVenture) the Museum is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world, a year-round destination for the entire family. Come and explore our world-class displays and galleries. Marvel at aviation innovations in our collection of more than 200 historic airplanes. Spend time in one of our four movie theaters. Take a ride in a vintage airplane at Pioneer Airport-a real working aerodrome right out of the "golden age" of aviation. Witness a piece of history in the Eagle Hangar, our tribute to World War II aviation and get "hands on" in the KidVenture Gallery, our exciting interactive gallery for kids of all ages!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 16 August 2017

While the majority of the museum is oriented toward adults there is a great kids area with a lot of interactive exhibits. It is also part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program which also you to get in for free if you have a membership at another science museum that is part of this network.

Thank kborden195
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

You cannot pass Oshkosh without a stop at the EAA facilities, like aviation or not, a must see. One of the best Museums i've seen including the DC Air and Space.

Thank Pete C
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Anyone with more than a passing interest in aviation can spend a fascinating day in this modern museum. With an emphasis on homebuilt airplanes, it pays tribute to most of the significant designers and builders since the early days of aviation.

Much of the museum is devoted to aviation history, from the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, through WW I and the barnstorming era, and Charles Lindbergh's epic flight from New York to Paris. That exhibit includes a full-scale, flying replica of the famous Ryan NYP airplane flown by Lindbergh.

The Eagle Hangar is devoted to the airplanes and pilots of WW II and includes a number of rare and beautifully-restored airplanes from that conflict. Here again, history is the focus of this collection, and many of the pivotal battles are extensively documented.

A section of the Museum is a showcase for Burt Rutan and some of his designs, ranging from the Vari-Viggen to SpaceShip One, the first privately-built aircraft to fly into space. Another especially impressive exhibit in this area is the Rutan-designed Voyager, which flew around the world nonstop, without refueling.

The Museum also includes exhibits of air racing, record holders, and other celebrities in aviation. Whatever your aviation interest, there is something fascinating for you to see here!

Plan to spend at least a few hours here, and you can easily spend a full day if you read the plaques and associated materials with the various displays. It's not on the scale of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but it is a mature Museum with something for everybody.

Thank Ken_Dwight
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

In looking for things to do in Wisconsin, I stumbled across the EAA Aviation Museum advertising their WWII Nose Art Display. That was just too good to pass up! We went and the museum was amazing! I loved all of it, but I especially loved the nose art. I photographed each one and the information sign about it - because how could I choose one over another? It took a little to find the risque nose art room but we did and it was very cool.

Previously, we knew nothing about EAA - not being into aviation, it hadn't been something we'd encountered up to then. The EAA museum was nicely designed and enjoyable for a non-aviation person like me. I can only imagine that aviation buffs are in shear heaven when they visit this place. : )

Like often in our across the country travels, we stumble across very interesting places, but usually pull in just an hour before they close. This happened here - and I certainly would have liked more time in this museum. I am sure we'll revisit it on another trip - I will be sad that the nose art is only a temporary display!

Thank Creach503
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

What a wonderful place for pilots. A definite buck-list item. Try and time your visit to coincide with the EAA Airventure week. It will blow your mind!

1  Thank cjlambert2016
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