Located in the cultural hub of Long Island, the Cradle of Aviation Museum champions and showcases the history of aviation, from the first adventurous forays mankind took into the sky to the pinnacle of our exploits, including an actual Apollo lunar module. Take the journey from land to space exploration and learn interesting facts about the history of man’s ever-evolving quest to conquer the clouds.
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Home to over 75 air and spacecraft, the museum features hands-on exhibits and other interactive displays as well as fun-filled explorations into the industry and the engineering marvels of aviation. You can take a seat in many of the cockpits and experience what it feels like to be behind the sticks of some of the most important air and spacecraft.
Apart from the planes and spacecraft, the museum is also host to various exhibitions on an ever-rotating schedule of display. From in-depth looks into specific craft, such as the engaging and legendary story of the Boeing 314 flying air boat and the part it played in the military, to the evolution of video games and the part they have played in training pilots through virtual simulation. The exhibitions are often interactive and engaging and always educational.
For those who want or need a bit more of a guide through the museum, you can download and follow a scavenger hunt-type quest to acquire certain pieces of information scattered throughout the huge 150,000-square-foot museum.
The museum hopes to engage and educate people of all ages and their mission is one of curation and celebration of the history of the aviation industry. They look at the past, and specifically at Long Island’s own contribution to the field, while aiming to inspire and motivate the next generation, who will be the ones taking to the skies, labs, and workshops to build and better the legacy of the future. They are constantly expanding their educational programs and offer a wealth of options to schools, scout groups, camps, and other outreach programs.
The center provides a unique, fascinating, and in-depth look into man’s long and historic relationship with the skies and stars. It’s a sleek and carefully curated display of science, engineering, and innovation and provides not only an interesting and entertaining day out but also a space for education and further development in the field.
Admission and Opening Hours
The museum is currently open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Admission to the museum costs $15 for adults and £13 for children and senior citizens. The planetarium and dome theater shows costs $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.
There is an option to do both, which costs only $20 for adults and $18 for children and seniors.
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530, website, Phone: 516-572-4111