College Park Aviation Museum
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    3 to 12 years

College Park Aviation Museum

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The College Park Aviation Museum opened in 1998 and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is a 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of the world's oldest continuously operating airport in College Park, MD.

The museum gallery contains historic and reproduction aircraft associated with the history of the airfield, as well as hands-on activities and interpretive areas for children of all ages. Changing exhibits and new programs every month keep visitors coming back for more.

The College Park Aviation Museum is family-friendly and filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. Touch, explore, and sit in the cockpit of our "Imagination Plane", a 1939 blue Taylorcraft. Visit our hands-on room to learn about flight and to dress like a pilot. Fly away in one of our simulators or play on our outdoor pedal planes. There are many options for any family to choose from.

The museum also offers exciting family programs and special events throughout the year!

  • Where
    1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive College Park, MD 20740
  • Contact Information 301-864-6029 Website
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"We have been here several times and have attended several of their programs. The Peter Pan Club offers storytime and craft for toddlers, included with museum admission. There's also an Afternoon Aviators program for ages 5 and up. They often host model railroad groups where you can view working model train displays. At Christmas, Santa arrives by plane. They also offer a fun day near Halloween where the children can wear their costumes. There's several hands on activities for the children (crayon rubbings, stamps, postcard making, dress up, making planes, lego building, couple of computer flying games, tangrams). My children love the area where they can make their own nametag and decorate a bag with various stamps. When you are ready to go, bring the bag to the front desk and they'll fill it with some goodies for the children (helps me avoid the pleas to visit the gift shop!). There's an outdoor play area with ride on airplanes (kids move them with feet) and up the large staircase by the play area, there is a rooftop table area for you to enjoy lunch -- if you are lucky, you'll see a plane or two arrive or take-off! Look far off into the distance and you'll see the Metro go by. I'm only giving it a "good" rating because I do feel some of the hands on items need a little updating (when we went last week, none of the earpieces for connection to local air traffic control worked and the magnet area for air/wind flow wasn't working as well). Extremely pleasant staff!"