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National Soaring Museum

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Address: 51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
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+1 607-734-3128
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes...

The National Soaring Museum houses a world-class collection of sailplanes and gliders, preserving the history and heritage of motor-less flight. NSM is located next to an active glider port, allowing visitors to witness takeoffs and landings, especially during the busy summer months. Public glider rides are available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Harris Hill offers many enticements besides a visit to NSM. The Museum is located adjacent to Harris Hill Amusement Park, featuring miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, a driving range, an arcade, snack bar and more: as well as a pool, picnic grounds and a scenic overlook.

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Quilt show and Soaring Museum

This may seem like an unlikely pair but it was really nice. I enjoyed the quilts and my boyfriend enjoyed the aircraft's and history. we were both happy and liked our visit very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Susan K
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
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Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This may seem like an unlikely pair but it was really nice. I enjoyed the quilts and my boyfriend enjoyed the aircraft's and history. we were both happy and liked our visit very much. It was great how the two displays mingled and i thought they looked great together. Even with both to see the visit only took us a... More 

Thank Susan K
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We had the best tour, buy the director, of this rare gem of a museum. It never ceases to amaze me how some people can just jump off into the air despite the solidity of the earth at their feet, in such a delicate craft.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

It was a gloomy day so I decided to stay in town and visit the National Soaring Museum. I wish I had visited it sooner! My imagination took flight among the many gliders. The National Soaring Museum a hall-of-fame for gliding.  They have a big hangar-looking facility with a ton of various gliders, pulling trucks, etc. from all sorts of... More 

1 Thank twilbur2
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I get here because my uncle lives in Elmira, and i try and do the Soaring Flight eith a Instructor and its was amazing! The Great View is out of this world!

1 Thank Nevil G
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I had heard about this museum a few years ago and finally got to visit. A very nice collection of sailplanes and displays about the people and history of soaring. Particularly enjoyed the replica of the Wright Brothers 1902 glider. The museum is located next to the Harris Hill Soaring Center so it is possible to watch the sailplanes or... More 

1 Thank Staggerwing12
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Small museum but informative! Walk and see on your own. Lots of gliders and some other air items. Each exhibit has notes on about the history

1 Thank MERRIE S
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

If you're a pilot or flying enthusiast you'll love this place. Well laid out and enjoyable to walk around. Everyone was helpful and enjoyable to chat with! Watched a few gliders take off as well.

1 Thank gbmk
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Learned about gliders. Saw gliders actually going up in the air and flying around. Kids really enjoyed it.

1 Thank Johannaesk
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Anyone who knows planes, the history of flight, collectors of plane memorabilia knows the National Soaring Museum. It is only on of two U.S. museums focused on motorless flight and Elmira, NY is regarded as the "Soaring Capital of America," in part because of soaring's central role for over 80 years in the social and economic history of the region,... More 

2 Thank Chris R
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Better than we imagined, much to see&learn. Several vintage gliders.We learned much about the sport/hobby.I would have liked a ride, but weather was bad.It was worth a stop.

1 Thank cecustard

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