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American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

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Address: 1220 American Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone Number: +1 610-436-9600
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of...

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

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As our 5 year old granddaughter is really into the Paw Patrol series on tv, and especially the girl character "Skye" who wears pink and flies a pink helicopter, we thought we'd... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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West Chester, PA
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West Chester, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

As our 5 year old granddaughter is really into the Paw Patrol series on tv, and especially the girl character "Skye" who wears pink and flies a pink helicopter, we thought we'd take her to see some real helicopters. At first she was overwhelmed by the large collection and the vast display area, but she had a great time and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

How fascinating to visit this museum with a special friend who knew everything about the history of helicopters. The museum is very well organized, taking the visitor through the development of helicopters, with different audio for adults and children. The science is made understandable. There are many types of helicopters to see and touch up close -- from rescue helicopters... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Spend two hours and learn about what makes a rotary wing aircraft elevate and fly forward. Great learning opportunity for kids too!

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We took our 4 year old grandson here--he absolutely loved it!! There are helicopters that he could get inside of and pretend to fly them. We later took our 8 year old grandson here too. He enjoyed more of the museum--the wind tunnel was really nice. He could also read some of the posted information. Although he got into the... More 

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pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We have annual memberships the kids love A helicopter museum and a great place for young and the old. It's a peaceful and enjoyable trip every time we go there. Volunteers there are especially friendly.

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The American Helicopter Museum & Educational Center opened in 1996 as a "tribute to those men and women who pioneered the development of rotary wing aircraft" and to encourage future generations of aviation pioneers. It houses a comprehensive collection of helicopters for visitors to not only look at and read about, but also to enjoy with hands-on interaction. Our very... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

This will take you all of an hour to get through, in fact they have enough open space if arranged properly to put in another 6 copters of varying size. There are 5 more outside including an Osprey. If you have been to the Smithsonians two Air and Space exhibitions areas then this is not going to impress.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

If your level of knowledge about helicopters is around zero this venue will give you much better understanding how and why rotary wing vehicles fly. It has theater showing short (~8 mins) educational video and many full size and scaled down flying machines inside and outside of single hanger. You can seat inside some of them. Guide is a very... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

The museum itself is rather small. However it is well maintained and very clean. In my opinion, this museum would be great for children and ones who are interested in aviation and military history. After the tour drive down to downtown west Chester for a bite or some refreshments.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Having lived in the area for many years, this was a great find. Right on the private airstrip of the Brandywine Airport. There were many great craft both inside and out with a lot of ability to explore them. Soon, their simulator will be back which was an unfortunate exhibit we missed. Also, they do helicopter flights on certain weekend... More 

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