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American Helicopter Museum and Educational Center

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Address: 1220 American Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380
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+1 610-436-9600
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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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Fabulous for young children

This is a museum that a young one could enjoy seeing a helicopter up close. Engineering types may also be interested in seeing the way helicopters work. It is a good hands on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Donna W
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a museum that a young one could enjoy seeing a helicopter up close. Engineering types may also be interested in seeing the way helicopters work. It is a good hands on place where you can touch and climb. Don't expect to spend the day- or find food to eat. I was there for an event, there was plenty... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is looked pretty small from outside. Just few helicopters outside. But inside is pretty big. People can see and even sit onside at some helicopters.

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Thank Eran K
Suffern, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this museum isn't the largest in the world, it houses many helicopters inside, some of which one may climb into, and some helicopters outside--front and back. There's lots to learn through placards, videos, and a film, and some of the exhibits are interactive. It's all self-guided.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit with young children. The play area is great for pretending. Walking thru a helicopter and climbing in and out of others was great. A wonderful learning experience. Be sure to show your girls the story of the WhirlyGirls!!

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Hershey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

As a military history enthusiast, I visited to learn more about the use of choppers in military conflicts ... as fixed wing warbirds have evolved to more assault purposes. The collection inside the main display hangar provided history about the evolution of helicopters, and how the southeast corner of the Keystone State became such a major player in the production... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I brought my university class here to have them experience a different sort of museum. Easy parking, super docents, great displays, special events

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West Chester, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 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 2 November 2016 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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Thank Jim K
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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