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Pensacola Florida's National Naval Aviation Museum

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Pensacola Florida's National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, is a veritable gold mine of aviation history. It is a spectacular trip through the development of naval aviation and is acknowledged as the biggest naval aviation museum in the world. Across the museum's enormous 37-acre grounds and inside its 350,000-square-foot exhibition hall are more than 150 exquisitely restored aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Hours of Operation

The museum's daily hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve

+ and New Year's Day are the key holidays on which it is closed.

Further hours of operation for particular museum attractions include:

Additional operating hours for specific attractions within the museum include:

Hangar Bay One

Open daily from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Flight Deck Store

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. on Blue Angels practice days)

Cubi Bar Café

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays)

Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater

Open daily with shows starting at 9:30 a.m., with the last show at 3:30 p.m.

Entering the Museum

Visitors eighteen years and older must show a government-issued identity document, such as a passport or driver's license. From nine in the morning to three in the afternoon, the West Gate on Blue Angel Parkway provides public access to NAS Pensacola.

Visitors wishing to observe Blue Angels practice sessions can reach the flight line behind the museum buildings. The Blue Angels take to the skies at 10:30 a.m. after gates for these sessions open at 9:30 a.m. Please check the museum's website for precise practice dates; admission to the museum and the practice sessions are free.

Highways and Parking

While regular taxi services can enter the base through the West Gate as long as the driver has a valid base pass, ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are not permitted on NAS Pensacola. The museum offers free parking spaces for buses, motorhomes, and handicapped vehicles. For safety, buses must load and unload passengers from sidewalk areas.

A Great Visit: Tips

Policy on Bags

The museum does not allow backpacks or big bags. Small diaper bags, handbags, camera bags, fanny packs, and medication bags are exceptions and are all susceptible to search.

Blue Angels Practice Seating

There is first-come, first-served bleacher seating in addition to a limited number of chairs that can be rented. Please bring your own chairs so that you can watch comfortably.


Cubi Bar Café

Savor lunch at the Cubi Bar Café and browse the Flight Deck Store for mementos. Aviation fans of all ages will love the immersive movie experience provided by the Giant Screen Theater.

Take in the Excite of Naval Flight

The National Naval Aviation Museum is a doorway to the fascinating future and legendary past of naval aviation, not merely a museum. The museum guarantees an amazing time regardless of your interests—history, aviation, or a special family trip. Arrange to visit one of Pensacola's most beloved sites today and travel over the skies.

The National Naval Aviation Museum website has additional information.

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