Kids, are you excited to visit the largest Aviation Museum in New England? We are talking about the New England Air Museum, whose mission is to preserve and present historically significant aircraft and related artifacts!
Throughout your trip within the museum, you get to make your way through high-quality exhibits that help you understand aviation technology, history and the stories of the men and women who built, flew and made history with these famous machines.
You never know who just might inspire you!
The Museum consists of six buildings, with three of these being in huge hangars! Today, the Museum houses one of the world's most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. In fact, they have more than 80 aircraft and an extensive collection of engines, instruments, aircraft parts, uniforms and personal memorabilia.
Within this collection are the last remaining four-engine American flying boat known as the Sikorsky VS-44A, donated by its previous owner, actress Maureen O'Hara and restored to original condition. Kids can also see an expertly restored B-29 Superfortress, and the Silas Brooks Balloon Basket (1870) believed to be the oldest surviving aircraft in the United States.
The history continues with the Bunce-Curtiss Pusher (1912) which is the oldest surviving Connecticut-built airplane and so much more!
The New England Air Museum also offers a number of fun family activities that the kids can enjoy, including daily scavenger hunts, dress up areas and a Paper Plane Activity Station. There is even more hands-on fun with the computerized flight simulators too.
History, aviation and a whole host of family fun is waiting for you at this popular family Air Museum, so fly into that next family day out in style!
$10 (ages 4-14)
Seniors $14, Veterans 10% discount, Active Duty Military 20% discounts
The museum is located at Bradley Airport, so if you have a layover, it's worth checking out!
They have a small dining area with vending machines offering snacks and beverages.
The museum is located within the grounds of Bradley Airport
The New England Air Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary field trip options for students in grades PreK-12 from October through June. All programs are designed to meet state and national curriculum frameworks and encourage critical thinking through inquiry based instruction. School groups are encouraged to combine a classroom program with a guided tour of the museum for a full day of hands-on learning!
A large parking area for the handicapped is available close to the entrance. Wheelchairs may be checked out at our Admissions Counter. There is a powered wheelchair subject to availability. The Museum is situated in three large exhibit hangars which are easily navigable.
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10am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. (closes 3pm day before Thanksgiving)
Open year round except some Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years
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