National Navy Aviation Museum

Inside the National Navy Aviation Museum

The National Navy Aviation Museum (NNAM) is located at Naval Air Station Pensacola in the panhandle of Florida.

The mission of the Museum, an official Department of the Navy museum, is to “select, collect, preserve and display historic artifacts relating to the history of Naval Aviation.”

The National Naval Aviation Museum is part of the Navy’s museum system, the largest of 10 official Navy museums located throughout the United States.

At the core of the Museum’s collections are more than 700 aircraft, most of which are on loan and on display at other museums across the country. Approximately 150 aircraft are on display at the Pensacola museum.

Naval Aviation Centennial - 1911 - 2011

The Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. The museum documents Naval Aviation’s rich history and features a fleet of beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation.

These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.

The Museum was awarded reaccreditation in 2019 from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums.

Highlights of the aircraft collection include:

  • A-1H Skyraider
  • A-4 Skyhawk
  • A-6E Intruder
  • A-7E Corsair II
  • C-1 Trader
  • Inside the National Navy Aviation Museum
    C-117D Skytrain
  • C-130 Hercules
  • C-131 Samaritan
  • E-2C Hawkeye
  • EA-6B Prowler
  • EC-121 Warning Star
  • F-14A Tomcat
  • F-4N Phantom II
  • F-8 Crusader
  • F/A-18 Hornet
  • F4D Skyray
  • F7U Cutlass
  • FJ-2 Fury
  • HU-16 Albatross
  • Me 262
  • MiG-15
  • PB4Y-2 Privateer
  • PBY-5 Catalina
  • VH-3 Marine One
  • and dozens more!

In addition to historic aircraft and rare replicas, the museum houses a number of interactive exhibits, engines, maps, uniforms, photos, and more aviation artifacts.

Also offered are a series of education classes, summer camps, field trips, and tours, along with a cafe and gift shop.

Visiting the Museum

A visit to the museum located at 1750 Radford Boulevard, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, is highly recommended. It features a massive collection of aircraft, a giant screen theater, Apollo 11 virtual reality exhibit, flight simulators, Blue Angels 4D Experience, and many more exhibits. Admission and parking is free.

Since the Museum is located at NAS Pensacola, security measures are in effect. Please contact the museum prior to your visit to learn of current visit requirements and access.

Additional information can be obtained at the website of the National Navy Aviation Museum.

Exterior view of the National Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola
Exterior view of the National Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola
Interior views of planes and exhibits at the National Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola
National Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola National Navy Aviation Museum in Pensacola

 

Special Events at the Museum

The NNAM hosts a variety of special events and functions through the year.

Commemoration event of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway held at NNAM (Photo courtesy of the US Navy)
Commemoration event of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway held at NNAM
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, sign autographs at the National Naval Aviation Museum (Photo courtesy of the US Navy)
U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, sign autographs at the National Naval Aviation Museum

 

Map of the NAS Pensacola Area

 

More Information about NNAM and Pensacola

National Navy Aviation Museum

Naval History and Heritage Command

Official Website of the United States Navy

Pensacola Visitors Bureau

List of U.S. Navy Museums

National Museum of the U.S. Navy - Washington Navy Yard

National Navy Aviation Museum - NAS Pensacola

National Museum of the American Sailor - Great Lakes, Illinois

Hampton Roads Naval Museum - Norfolk, Virginia

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum - Port Hueneme, California

Submarine Force Museum - Groton, Connecticut

U.S. Naval Undersea Museum - Keyport, Washington

Puget Sound Navy Museum - Bremerton, Washington

Naval War College Museum - Newport, Rhode Island

U.S. Naval Academy Museum - U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

U.S. Navy Blue Angels with their C-130 support aircraft "Fat Albert" (Photo courtesy of the US Navy)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels with their C-130 "Fat Albert"

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