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Cradle of Aviation Museum

Visit Long Island's
one and only Air and Space Museum.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum commemorates the history of aviation on Long Island. The museum is located at Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Garden City, NY 11530.

Cradle of Aviation museum is a really great place to bring your kids on the weekend
Photo by Jan Dembowski

It is part of "Museum Row" - it's one of 4 museums that you can visit within a short distance from each other. The other museums on Museum Row are:

  • The Long Island Children's Museum
  • The Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center
  • Long Island Museum for Science & Technology

To reach the museum you can call (516) 572-4111.


Museum: Adults $14, Child $12

Movie/Museum Combo: Adult $19, Child $17

Movie Only: Adult $8, Child $7

Junior Jet Club: $2.50 per person (free with museum)

Nunley's Carousel: $2.00 per person

Firefighter's Museum: Adult $5, Child $4

Long Island's aviation history on display at the museum
Photo by Jan Dembowski

The Giant Screen Theater (Leroy R. & Rose W. Grumman Giant Screen Dome Theater):

"A unique experience of motion, sound and sight". The theater shows museum documentaries and many popular films. The theater is currently showing movies like "Sharks", "Tornado Alley", and "Legends of Flight", however the schedule can change. You can click the link to see movies and showtimes.

Admission into the theater:
Adult: $8.00
Child: $7.00

Nunley's Carousel:

The carousel was originally part of Nunley's Amusement Park in Baldwin, NY. The amusement park closed and the carousel was stored in the Mitchel Field hangar next to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The carousel, built in 1912, has been refurbished and is now located in the museum. To ride the Carousel it costs only $2 for both adults and children.

Hours for the Nunley Carousel:

Tuesday–Friday: 12:00-3:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 12:00-5:00 PM

Cradle of Aviation Museum is part of Museum Row in Garden City, NY
Photo by Jan Dembowski

The Junior Jet Club:

This is an area in the museum for children up to 6 years old. There are many hands on activities for the little kids. They get to engineer with legos and collect moon rocks! The use of the Junior Jet Club is included with the museum admission or can be used exclusively for $2.50 a child.

Photos by dlberek

Firefighter Museum:

The Firefighter Museum is located within the Cradle of Aviation Museum. There are plenty of exhibits celebrating the history of the Long Island firefighting. Students will learn different fire safety techniques like "Crawl Low in Smoke", "Stop-Drop-Roll", and "Home Escape Planning". Admission into the Firefighter Museum is $5 for adults and $4 for kids.


There are over 75 great air and space craft exhibits celebrating the discovery of flight and aircraft at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Many of these exhibits involve different kinds of kites. These kites helped in the experimentation of flight and man. Kite exhibits include:

  • The Dream of Wings
  • Balloon Basket
  • Bell Kite
  • Cody Kite
  • Eddy Kite
  • Hargrave Kite
  • Langly Aerodrome
  • Lillenthal Kite
  • Lilienthal Glider
  • Marconi Kite
  • Timmons Kite
  • Wright Kite

Photos by dlberek

Class Trips

The museum is extremely popular for class trips. The museum provides many resources to aid teachers and students when visiting. For example, they offer a 40 page "Educator Guide" when you book a visit. The museum also has many interesting 30 minute classes for the kids, like the new "iRobot" where kids can learn what is needed to engineer a robot after a human!

Long Island attractions and things to do
Photo by Jan Dembrowski


There are plenty of competitions to fire up the creativity and interest in the students. To get more info, you can call (516) 572-4028.

On the schedule for the next competitions are:

  • 1/21/12: The Model Airplane Competition
  • 2/11/12: Rube Goldberg Competition
  • 3/22/12: The Egg Drop Competition
  • 6/2/12: The Bottle Rocket Competition

Click the link to see a calender of Education Events at the Cradle of Aviation.

Parties & Events

The Cradle of Aviation Museum hosts parties and Special Events. The Reckson Center Atrium provides a nice backdrop for events and can hold over 1000 people. The Dome Theater is also great for parties.

Don't forget to eat at the Red Planet Cafe! The cafe is open from 10am to 3:30pm. You can eat your first meal on mars in the year 2040! The Cafe can hold up to 200 people for parties too.

Birthday Parties

There are different themed parties for different aged groups. The parties are for 2 hours and costs $350 for up to 25 people (kids and adults). The parties include invitation, a craft activity, pizza, soda,and juice. You can call (516) 572-4066 to book a party.

Hours of Operation

During the summer the museum is open every day from 9:30am to 5pm through Labor Day.


The museum is adding a digital planetarium! It will be one of the largest and powerful virtual simulators in the world.

There are many more Long Island museums, ranging from science and technology to those geared for children, and Art Museums.

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