"Best scientific outing for kids" - Aviation History Magazine "Best science museum for children" - Philadelphia Magazine We are… a "hands-on museum" where visitors can actually get into a real helicopter and operate the controls, as well as fly a realistic flight simulator. We are… a research center with over 20,000 items from the history of aviation. We feature… Dozens of exhibits and video presentations depicting the development and evolution of rotary wing flight in Philadelphia, the U.S. and around the world. Our experienced Docents bring over 100 years of combined experience in the helicopter industry to provide memorable tours and first hand information. We present… programs that teach and inspire students of all ages about the basic principles and wonders of vertical flight.
About our Programs
Combining demonstrations and hands-on experiments with educational activities in the Museum's gallery of helicopters makes for an exciting and memorable visit. We also encourage setting aside "free time" so that visitors can explore the aircraft, climb in the cockpits and try their hands at the controls. Pre-visit materials are available for many of the programs to help prepare students for their visit and promote a more enjoyable experience. The Museum's programs support the Pennsylvania Education Standards for Science and Technology, History and Arts and Humanities.