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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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Don't Wait for a Rainy Day to Visit this Museum

If you are into military aviation, this is a pretty cool museum. Plenty to see from the WWII... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bucks County PA
Great place to visit on a rainy day

They have several full size aircraft as well as exhibits with hands on experience. I enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mohawk, New York
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
500 Forrestal Rd, Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ 08242-2203
+1 609-886-8787
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are into military aviation, this is a pretty cool museum. Plenty to see from the WWII, Korean War and Viet Nam eras. The history is excellent. Some cool interactive exhibits also. Reasonably priced. But don't wait for a rainy day to see this...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

They have several full size aircraft as well as exhibits with hands on experience. I enjoyed reading some of the historic plaques including those that explained the 911 activities that were carried out from the water and by sometimes forgotten volunteers. If you have a...More

Thank triplecreekrider
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place for young and old to see military planes and helicopters up close. Also, on display is a Coast Guard cutter, a room filled with WWII era household furniture and belongings. There are jets engines and various armaments on display. All...More

Thank Ralph G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While on vacation this past week, we had a bad weather day. My husband, who has been dying to visit the NAS, finally got his wish! I honestly thought I would be bored - was I wrong! It's a huge hangar filled with all kinds...More

Thank RealPegster
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited recently on a Monday, not sure what to expect and it was AWESOME! There is a hanger full of old airplanes, helicopters, and cars. From prop planes to fighter jets. There is a lot of history to be seen here and it is very...More

Thank corey310
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 4 year old. All hands on exhibits perfect for many ages. It includes airplanes, jets, helicopters and a control tower . The machinery is from the 40's through the 80's. It's not large, but big enough and indoors so a rainy day...More

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

NASW is tucked away at the Cape May County Airport . I have lived here for years and never visited. So much history., Vintage aircraft and vehicles. This is a greater stop for family and history buffs.

Thank Kathleen L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great museum with lots of history. One of the few museums where kids, and adults haha, can climb into cockpits and aircraft. A bit pricey but they offer a veteran and child discount. Worth the trip.

Thank Ppetrovich
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice museum, lots to see. There was various planes etc. to go inside or look inside. There was enough to keep younger children interested in too.

Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was originally attracted to this museum because of the great Trip Advisor reviews. It did not disappoint. The only hangar of sixteen that originally stood at this location. It is filled with numerous historical planes, boats and vehicles. Nicely presented with short video and...More

Thank bbbob84
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13 August 2016|
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Response from ArrowheadAgency | Property representative |
Yes it is!
Mary Ann B
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