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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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Entertaining, informative, fascinating, and awe-inspiring! Don’t miss it!

The Naval Air Station (NAS) was one of the last places we visited during our trip to Cape May, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Jersey
Aviation adventure!

Three adults and three boys ages 7, 9 and 11...loved every minute of this museum experience... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Danbury, Connecticut
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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 weeks ago

The Naval Air Station (NAS) was one of the last places we visited during our trip to Cape May, and I am absolutely pleased that I put it on our itinerary. Our visit was well worth the time and cost of admission. The museum is...More

2  Thank ScenicTrek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three adults and three boys ages 7, 9 and 11...loved every minute of this museum experience! Excellent collections, wonderful storytelling through interactive displays and short scripts! I would highly recommend for all ages groups!

1  Thank BGMJA2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has a number of vintage aircraft to see. It is much more that just the aircraft. This museum tells the story of the Naval Air Station from the 1940s, when it was a training base for naval aviators preparing for WWII. It tells...More

2  Thank Brian Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is great museum for young and old alike. We were a group of 10 including 3 teenagers and a 10-year old and everybody enjoyed looking at each aircraft and army vehicle. There were great photo opportunities all around.

1  Thank Camila120428
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good. Interactive displays. Child friendly. Good auto gyro display. Walk in twin engine pilot and copilot seats.

1  Thank lostagain45
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A hidden gem this museum has something for everyone. Hands on exhibits, planes you can climb right into and information about the role the area played during WWII. Amazing, friendly staff ( thank you Karen in the gift shop) Well worth a few hours of...More

1  Thank terrilrichardson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to learn some interesting facts such as german uboats off the coast of new jersey, see helicopters you would have seen on mash episodes or just get up close with fighter jets, this is the place for you. You are able to...More

1  Thank Tom F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is well-worth a stop for any aviation enthusiast and is particularly kid-friendly. You can walk up and touch every aircraft on display. A number of them you can even get in, including the cockpits of several of the planes and helicopters. There are...More

1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice collection of war birds ranging from WWII to present. Most current entry is an F16. Nice Tomcat and MIG15. $12 is a bit much compared to other aviation museums with better collections, but I understand it takes money to acquire and take care of...More

Thank Pilot_Sluggo
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Many airplanes from WWII era and later. Well labled and explained. Very accessible. You can get up close. Even sit in the cockpit of a few of them.Lots of families with kids. Lots of hands on activities and exhibits for children. Fun, but reverent.

1  Thank Dwight H
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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.
22 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