23 Sep National Naval Aviation Museum Reopens to Active Duty Personnel and Dependents
by Katie King |Katie@ewbullock.com
National Naval Aviation Museum Reopens to Active DutyPersonnel and Dependents
Phase 1 Reopening September 29 at 10 a.m.
Pensacola, Fla. – (September 23, 2020) – After a reset following Hurricane Sally, the National Naval Aviation Museum will reopen to active duty personnel and their dependent family members beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The museum weathered the storm well with no major structural damage to the building or the aircraft displayed outside,” said Museum Director CAPT Sterling Gilliam, USN (Ret.). “The torrential rain did cause a number of roof leaks in our buildings, including the spaces in which we house our small artifacts. However, our operations/maintenance and curatorial teams went into action quickly and have the situation well in hand.”Active duty visitors and their dependents must bring their own masks and wear them at all times while inside the museum.
Visitors can expect a different look when they arrive. There are defined paths around the aircraft and some exhibits will remain closed to ensure social distancing. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation will operate its Giant Screen Theater at reduced capacity and there will be limited refreshments available. The popular Cubi Bar Café will not be open at this time.
The Giant Screen Theater movie schedule is as follows:
10:30 a.m. Magic of Flight11:30 a.m. Aircraft Carrier12 p.m. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition1 p.m. Magic of Flight2 p.m. Aircraft Carrier2:30 p.m. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition3:30 p.m. Aircraft CarrierFor further information, please call 850-452-2894 or visit our website at www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
About the National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Don’t miss the drama and power of the laser powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE and open to the public. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org