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“Great place to visit”

National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome)
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Lelystad
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Nong Khai, Thailand
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

I was invited to join a party with family at the Aviodrome and I have to say it was a great experience and full of the history of flight and airlines.
The movie" I love to Fly" was great and I would really like to recommend that is you are in the Netherlands and look for something to do go and see this place. They have also a Boeing 747-200 which you can get into and look around it.
The do provide guided tours if needed.
Enjoy this attraction

Visited July 2014
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“don't take a 2-year old !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The museum gives a great overview of Dutch aviation history as long as you speak Dutch. It would have improved our experience if some translation had been available - just printed sheets perhaps.

Our biggest mistake was taking our 2-year old, closely followed by going on Ascenscion Day (Hemelvaartsdag) which is a big holiday with all the schools closed so the place was full to bursting with queues everywhere. There aren't enough toilets or catering facilities for such a busy day (the cafe in the quieter "historic" terminal wasn't open which didn't help). There were queues for everything and lots of kids elbowing smaller children aside to get where they want to go.

There are good facilities for older kids (5+ maybe) but all the play areas are aimed at school age, for instance there is an impressive soft play area in the entrance hall with 2 sections labelled age 4-8 & 5-11. A toddler might have managed the smaller one if it had been quiet but not on a busy day - he would have been crushed underfoot or knocked flying. That said, there are a lot of plants where you can go inside to look and quite a few part planes where anyone can sit on the cockpit and play with the buttons, so again on a quieter day it would have had enough. There are several amusements outside (pedal planes which looked great for any child with legs long enough - probably age 6+, a flight simulator, a playground and some smaller hand-pedalled vehicles which looked to be free, probably suitable from age 3 or 4)

In British style you exit through the shop (another problem for toddlers!).

It's well worth walking over to the further flung hangars, we loved the 1920s Schipol terminal.Although the officers mess is shown on the map, it was shut so you could only per through windows.

Although there is a lot of interesting stuff there I would only recommend it to non Dutch speakers if they are particularly interested in aviation & already have enough knowledge to make sense of the displays, or if they have school aged kids. At 40 euros (once you include parking) for 2 adults I expected better.

Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Catalina refuel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

If you are considering a trip to the museum try the restaurant with the elevated terrace overlooking the runway and pan. Great food and service with an amazing view of the runway and refuelling point. The interior is full of interesting aircraft images, models and other aviation items of interest.

Business lunch, a great club sandwich and cold beer. Watching light aircraft and rotary movements but the big plus for me was the Catalina towed to the refuel point directly in front of the large windows. Have only seen one flying. This was in immaculate condition and guess being prepped for flight. Unfortunately no time available to watch it depart.

Can't comment on the museum content but can certainly recommend the nearby restaurant!!

Visited May 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“a must if you like planes or not!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

got train from amsterdam, around 30 mins, well worth a trip.
even my wife, who isn't into planes was interested!!
well worth a day out, we spent about 5 hours looking around, superb value for money

Visited May 2014
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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Fun and informative indoor and outdoor museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

The indoor exposition is chronological and easy to understand. Informative for the plane enthousiasts but also very interesting for visitors who just want to have a good time. Nice displays with sound effects. Outside are very big commercial airplanes (even a Boeing 747), the Schiphol airport building of 1928 and a hangar where they make brand new replica s of historic planes. The personell is very friendly and are very knowledgeable. There are two different free tours, a 4D movie and lots of possibilities for kids to play.

Visited April 2014
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