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National Soaring Museum

51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
+1 607-734-3128
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If you like flight ....

Anyone who enjoys flying, flight, soaring/gliding needs to make this stop. It is not a huge... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David S
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If you are towing a travel-trailer, fifth-wheel, or Class A motor-home, please be advised that a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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51 Soaring Hill Dr, Elmira, NY 14903-9204
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone who enjoys flying, flight, soaring/gliding needs to make this stop. It is not a huge museum, but has some great non-powered aircraft. Very inexpensive. Great gift shop ... the kids will love it. We visited when a miniature doll house display was being exhibited....More

Thank David S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are towing a travel-trailer, fifth-wheel, or Class A motor-home, please be advised that a portion of the road leading to the museum consists of a tight, hairpin turn. You will have to be creative with parking your big rig. Coming in from the...More

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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...More

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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...More

Thank Kaye S
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Reviewed 8 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...More

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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...More

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...More

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...More

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...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.

Thank Paul T
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