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“Well worth a visit - perhaps more than one visit”

National Soaring Museum
Ranked #6 of 22 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 17 October 2017

I know little about gliders. This is the place to learn about them. The exhibits take the visitor from the earliest to the latest and everything in between. To cover the museum thoroughly would take a couple of hours. As I was pressed for time and knew so little I was in/out in less than an hour - but, and this is important, I left knowing that I MUST return and spend some time learning about this fascinating sport. One of the few things I know about gliders is their use in WWII. The museum has a WACO / CG-41 which could carry a dozen infantrymen or a jeep or light artillery piece. The museum very cleverly has their 1942 example on the floor (without wings) and open for entry so visitors can try to visualize what it must have been like to fly into combat: so small, so closely packed together as the craft hurtles through the darkness for a landing, perhaps at Normandy behind enemy lines. I'm returning to the museum for sure.

Thank hughh65
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were here as part of a bus tour. We had a guided tour. Our guide explained the beginnings of gliding/soaring to the present time(very interesting). The best of this area is not only the history but getting to see the sail planes being towed and then watching them soar after the tow is released.

Thank Kaye S
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a small museum on top of a 1700 foot hill next to a runway for gliders. The museum explains the history of gliding nicely, with a useful film. I mostly took in the elegant long wings and graceful bodies of the planes on display. You can watch gliders get taken aloft and follow them as they come in for a landing from the museum or parking lot.. Glider rides can be arranged.

Thank reberascal
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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.

Thank oaklanefarm
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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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