The history of flight is a fascinating subject, one that captures the attention of children big and small. It doesn’t matter if you have never flown a day in your life – chances are you’re at least a little bit curious about man’s ability to mimic the birds. At the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, you’ll get to explore the amazing history of flight, and especially its effect on the World Wars.
A Living Museum
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is a living museum, which means its exhibits are always changing. If you’ve been before, come back again! You’ll see something new every time. The museum is the only place across the nation to have two of the extremely rare WWII Thunderbolts on display, and most of the aircraft are indeed still in working condition. You never know; you may show up to find that your favorite machine has been taken out for a spin!
Plan Your Trip
Is it just your family coming to visit the museum? It is open to the public every day, including Sunday afternoons. This is a great way to beat the summer heat in Sevierville. The museum also provides group tours if you are traveling with a large group. The museum is a popular destination for veterans, and if you’re lucky, you may get the chance to hear firsthand just what it was like to fly one of the planes from a retired pilot. If you are visiting in the winter, be sure to call ahead – the museum does close occasionally in the colder weather.
Step Back in Time
The museum suggests giving yourself at least an hour and a half to get through all the exhibits, but if you have a vintage plane lover in your group, you could be there quite a bit longer. In addition to working planes, the museum also displays radial and jet engines, military vehicles, and cockpits. There are also many historic artifacts and small displays that help aviation lovers connect with the history of this fascinating time.
Discover More to Do in Sevierville
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is just one of the many attractions located in Sevierville. In addition to the museum, you can also visit a petting zoo, a NASCAR-themed go kart racetrack, an underground cave, interactive mini golf, and more. Head just a few miles away to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, and you’ll find even more. This area of the Smoky Mountains is teeming with history and entertainment, so everyone in your group will find something to love. Let the aviation lovers have their afternoon delighting in the rare machines on display, and then enjoy fine dining and more around Sevierville.
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