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National Soaring Museum
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Elmira
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 July 2017

My 16 year old grandson and I visited. The museum is right next to the air field. A glider was taking off when we arrived and we watched until it separated from the tow plane and soared on. Also saw one landing. The museum included a 30 minute film which followed a young woman getting training from first experience to soloing, as well as an International race for experts.
The museum itself is full of gliders, but we enjoyed most the wall of models set in historical sequence.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a small but interesting museum with a gift shop. It's all about soaring (engineless flight). I didn't know they could soar that far. Do not skip the 30 minute video. The video explains a lot about soaring . This would be interesting to anyone who has any interest in aviation.

Thank Beth K
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We actually held our biannual quilt show at the museum. The many displays are wonderful and looked amazing with the quilts hanging all around them. The staff is amazing to work with. On a clear day you get to enjoy the beautiful views and watch the gliders coming and going. Good place for folks of all ages to visit.

Thank LeVon K
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

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 couple hours and was well worth seeing in our day trip.

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.

Thank Paul T
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