This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and ... More
American Helicopter Museum
This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, the American Helicopter Museum has a well-rounded collection of impressive machines, including the V-22 Osprey. If you're looking for a thrill, try the 6-8 minute helicopter ride - USD35.00 per person. If you prefer the safety of land, stop into the library and browse the many historic documents and artifacts on display. Finish your trip with a stop at the gift shop, where you're sure to find that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Called 3 times for group pricing. was advised in meeting-then advised at lunch however the phone was picked up while she was talking to someone else and said"tell her I am at lunch and just got out of a meeting". Guess they dont need the money to operate.
Admission was $8 for seniors which was a little much for the size of the place. However, what was presented was well done, and unlike previous reviews the volunteers were most cordial and personable. However, I'm 62 Y.O. and I know my manners. I don't know that I'd go back since once you've been... it's been there, done it.
This museum is interesting but small. Most of the helicopters are locked up in the hangar where you can walk around and "look" at them behind ropes. I respect this since they are vintage aircraft and need TLC, but I did not expect such limited access. There are four or five helicopters you can sit it but they are either mock ups of real ones, or small ultralights. As posted by others the volunteers were pretty grouchy and did not like my little boys (who else would go here but dads and little boys?) They had a dirty play area that my four year olds enjoyed, but it is just like the waiting play area at Philly airport (not a joke). There are a few helicopters in various states of disrepair outside in front and back, but they are also roped off and inaccesible. The Dover Air Force base has a very similiar but much better aviation museum, and it is only like 3 bucks to get in, and free for kids. Not only that, you can climb into most of their planes.
Overall experience is that it is overpriced, overhyped, and pretty disappointing, even for an aviation buff like me.
We scheduled my sons 5th birthday party here. 25 children showed up with parent in tow. There was a fie alarm in the adjactent buiding 5 minutes before the party started, so we were evacuated. This was a parents nightmare..
For 20 minutes after being evacuated, Not one Helicopter museum employee emerged and spoek to us, or to the 25 children waiting there.
After 30 minutes, a very grumpy and nasty volunteer snapped at the waiting children then proceeded to brush by everyone and flip the sign from open to closed. he was rude to 4 adults and made children cry.
When I called the next day to express our extreme disappointment, the museum just said sorry, he was a volunteer.
This was incredibly disconcerting because it would be people like him that are interracting with the children at the museum.
Unfortunately, I am sure that it is a nice museum.. however, it is not a place that brings on qualified volunteers or ensures that children are a priority. Therefore, I would never host or attend an event there again, and would encourage you to be sure that if you do decide to go, please be midful of the poor quality of staff. It is not a place that I will ever bring my children back to.
We went as a family and took my in-laws. My
father in law is a veteran and loved looking
at the older helicopters, my kids loved the
hands on smaller copters, I liked the gift
shop too. The staff were all very nice and
gave us a tour. We watched a video of some
of the helicopters. I really appreciated the
fact that my 3 children could enter some of
the helicopters and didn't have to be told
to leave them alone. whew. We plan to go
back for upcoming events and have spread the
word to some of our friends.
We visited The American Helicopter Museum in
October of 2005 during Rotorfest and the air
shows, helicopters on display, the pilots were
all friendly and eager to sign our childrens'
posters and let them climb into their heli-
copters! They also have the autogyro that
Amelia Airhart flew...what a neat place. We
plan to go back for Fatherfest because my
husband is anxious to fly the simulator. This
is a great place for the family and encourages
the hands-on approach in teaching kids, of all
ages, about helicopters. As for myself I guess I realized how important helicopters are when I saw the rescue missions following
the Katrina hurricane.
This museum is filled with information on rotary-winged flight and exhibits of full scale helicopters. There is a UH-1 Huey and they also even have (or at least 'had') a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft parked out on the tarmac!!! You can even go into and sit down inside the V-22. This place is a "must-see" for any helicopter enthusiasts out there.
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