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College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park
MD
20740
Tel: 301 864 6029

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In College Park, Maryland near the University of Maryland, between Route 1 & Kenilworth Avenue (Route 201). Accessible from the Green Line, College Park/University of Maryland Metro Station.

Where are we going today?

The College Park Aviation Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is located on the grounds of the world's oldest continuously operating airport in College Park, MD. The airport was founded in 1909 when Wilbur Wright came here to give flight instruction to the 1st military aviators. Visitors to the museum step into an open 1½ story exhibit space, which highlights the display of unique aircraft and artifacts and tells the story of the airport's many 1st in flight to today.

College Park Aviation Museum is family-friendly and filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. Touch, explore, and sit in the cockpit of our "Imagination Plane", a 1939 blue Taylorcraft. Visit our hands-on room to learn about flight and to dress like a pilot. Fly away in one of our simulators or play on our outdoor pedal planes. There are many options for any family to choose from.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$4
  • Children$2
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm daily, except for major holidays.

Teachers corner

Although the museum is self-guided, structured group tours are available for schools. These tours have been designed to address the Maryland curriculum..

Any Top Tips?

Loads of opportunities for kids to get more from it including Peter Pan CLub, Afternoon Aviators, Rib Making Workshops and birthday parties..

Can I get one of those?

Gift shop available..

What people are saying?

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    Excellent museum for young and old, pilots and non-pilots! Of course our crew especially likes the Berliner helicopter, but there is plenty to do and see for everyone. Very well laid out, a nicely rounded collection, and friendly staff. You can fly into College Park airport, or it's easily accessed by public transportation.

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    Great museum! Went there for a birthday party, and was very appropriate for children. Lots to learn, and even my 16-month old daughter enjoyed it. There were plenty of interactive activities, but probably could have benefited from a short film to get the kids more enthusiastic. A little confused by the gift shop - thought that they had actual Lego sets for sale, but they were knock-off cheap construction blocks - and were expensive. Will look for a chance to take my 6-year old son there soon. I would recommend giving this a place a try.

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    Had some time to wait in College Park and were pleasantly surprised by the oldest operating airport in the world. Great museum for all ages.

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    We love it! It appeals to children and adults--especially those with an interest in aviation history. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Parking is plentiful. Decent restaurants are close by.

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    Excellent museum located on the oldest continuously operating airfield in the United States. Set up by Wilbur Wright to train military flyers, the site was also one of the earliest air mail locations. The museum has a strong collection of historic planes and artifacts. Lots of fun activities for kids - a great option instead of the Smithsonian Air and Space for little ones.

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